When it comes to taking a family photo, there is no better time than during the holidays. Everyone is together, happy and feeling festive. In addition, you could even use the photo as your yearly holiday card. Yet taking a family photo isn’t always easy.
Some people tend to stress about what to wear for the picture. They want to look flattering and fashionable, but also timeless. You’ve probably heard quite a few do’s and don’ts. Here is what you need to know about dressing for your family’s holiday photo shoot.
Black is always in
You can never go wrong with black. Solid-colored clothing is always a good idea for taking photos because they draw attention to the faces of the subjects, not the clothing. Outlandish prints and colors take away from the people in the photo and make it hard to focus.
Also, black is slimming and classic. Your photographer will be able to contrast the background with a light color to make the photograph pop. If your photo is not being taken by a professional, be sure that your background or any other color in the picture isn’t black.
Stray away from trendy
Sure, the latest high-end looks from the runway are fun to wear. But if you’re going to be taking a photo that will be hung in your family’s home, you will want something timeless. A black or white blouse is always a safe bet for tops. If the photo is a full-body shot, black or gray dress pants are always a good idea. Both of these items should be staples in your wardrobe. That way, you can throw them on for any important event and look great.
Choose simplistic patterns
If you don’t want to opt for a solid color, patterns can work. However, they must be the right kinds of patterns. Overwhelming color combinations and intricate prints can look gaudy in a photograph. Instead, spring for a classic pattern like polka dots, stripes or paisley. Try to keep the colors subdued with earth tones like dark greens or browns.
Make sure your clothes fit
Everyone wants to look flattering in a picture, and it’s all about how your clothes fit. You definitely don’t want something that is too big or too small because the flash from the camera is going to catch that. When ordering items online, be sure to check the size chart for measurements. If you’re still unsure, it’s always a good rule of thumb to look to see if the clothing has any customer reviews. Sometimes previous buyers will add their two cents such as, “true to size” or “runs big” to help guide you in the size department.
If you have found the perfect outfit, but it still doesn’t fit just right, take it to you local tailor. They can make it fit to flatter your body perfectly.
Sure, you may have your perfect outfit, but what about the rest of the family? Depending on what kind of look you’re going for, color coordination is always a great idea. That doesn’t mean you and your loved ones have to completely match. However, finding colors that mesh well together will make your photographs even better. If you all have clothes that are starkly different in color, it will make the photo look messy.
Take practice photos
The last thing you want is getting your pictures developed and realizing that your blouse was too sheer or too low cut. Eliminate this issue by taking full body shots in the clothes you plan on wearing. That way, you won’t have to worry about any “oops!”