I'm frequently asked...
"What should we wear to our shoot Mell? I'm totally lost!"
And my response is always this...
Try not to "match", try the word "coordinate" instead.
Tip 1) Help the most picky person choose first. If there is a small child, or someone who is particular about how clothes fit or feel, help them to choose something beautiful that they will feel most comfortable in. After this has happened, choose colours from the first outfit and go to town with everyone else. As base colours if you are stuck, I usually recommend Jeans/Blue and/or black to start out.
Tip 2) How many colours??? This all depends on the amount of people you are preparing for your shoot. There are some examples below, but I usually suggest not many more than 3 colours in a smaller family of say 5, but when you start heading up to extended family shoots like a few below, then 4-5 colours or shades usually work out fine.
Tip 3) Layer, layer, layer! Shoots always look fantastic, not only when the beautiful people in them are coordinating, but also when they layer their colours. T-shirts with collars, vests and jackets with a scarf and some fancy boots... the more layers you have, the more fantastic your shoot will look!
Tip 4) Layer layer layer... but my shoot is in summer! If your shoot happens to come in warmer weather, don't worry about layering up and feel like you are in a sauna. Choose fantastic accessories like necklaces and hair clips, the possibilities are endless!
All of my clients look fantastic in their shoots, but I have chosen a few examples of larger families who rocked their session with their choice of outfits. Note that nobody "matches" yet everyone looks so fantastic together!
The Sutton shoot was great because they chose three main colours and accented with black. They used my layering tip, which was easy as it was a cooler day for their winter shoot. Mum picked blue, green and purple, and managed to get the boys in the same shirt, but different colours, and same for the little girls... great work Mum!
This adorable family didn't ask for my assistance, but they looked fantastic together anyway! Another shoot from a cool day where jackets and jumpers with great textures were able to be worn. Greys, blacks, and little girls in beautiful bright pink and baby pink... very sweet!
This is a great example of an extended family, from totally different places in the state, coming together on the day... and look what they pulled together!!!
I might let you know that this particular day was pouring with rain, and literally freezing cold. We powered though the session anyway, and I take my hat off to those family members who had short sleeves for the sake of looking great in the group shot!
Jeans, pale blue, green, and black/grey. They. look. AMAZING together!!!
The Barnes family was another big shoot that I had on another rainy day in Blackheath. They coordinated fabulously with jeans/blue, black, turquoise and reds. Great work guys!!!
And the final example for todays entry, the Walker family from a shoot last weekend. Their aim was for a few black and white photos (a passion of mine too!) but in colour, they looked fantastic too! Emma chose turquoise, and blue for the majority of this shoot, but I love how the brown in little Amy's dress ties into their hair colour, and it's a little special that even all the girl's lip colour is very close.
So if you are looking for examples of how to dress for your session without looking like you accidentally wore the same outfit (how embarrassment!!!) then keep these tips in mind, and these examples of real life MMP families.