KCP Styling Guide
Trying to coordinate outfits for a family can be tough! It’s best to keep it simple though and try not to overthink it. I recommend picking 3-4 complementary colors and carry them throughout your family’s outfits. Don’t forget to choose something that you and your family will feel good in! If you’re feeling good it will shine through in your photos! Neutrals are always a win as they will allow the photos to be less “busy” and over crowded by too many colors. They’ll match the scenery instead of complicate it. For Mom, I always recommend a dress if possible (make it super flowy) or jeans/leggings and a flattering top. Think of adding a pop of color but steer away from black or very bright colors such as traditional colors like green orange and red. Think olive green, burnt orange, burgundy or mustard yellow instead!
Whether it’s a necklace, belt, bracelet, earrings, hat, or scarf, incorporating an accessory or two can bring great visual interest to your photos, so choose one or two that don’t compete for attention when paired together. For example, if you go with bolder earnings, you might want to choose a more humble necklace, or maybe even no necklace at all.
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR PALETTE AND STYLE
With a group of people, it is helpful to stick to the same family of colors to have a cohesive look across the photo. The first step is to coordinate around a general color scheme, then mix and match different types of fabrics, prints, textures, solids, and accents. Wear something that makes you feel good and what makes you feel confident; something that will make you want to keep looking at your photos for years to come.
DRESSING YOUR KIDDOS:
As you’re coordinating your outfit with your child(ren), keep in mind that your outfits will look the most cohesive on camera when the color palette and wardrobe pieces coordinate, but don’t actually “match.” In fact, I recommend that you avoid thinking about “matching,” and instead think about what “fits” together. This will create more visual interest, and allow each personality to shine through.
If you have multiple children, don’t feel like you need to put them all in the same type of outfit. For example, if one of your daughters wears a dress, the other can wear a skirt or leggings, if that’s more of her style. If one of your sons wears a bowtie, the other can wear suspenders. Mixing up the wardrobe pieces will bring even more visual interest to the photos
EXAMPLE COLOR PALETTES FOR OUTDOORS:
Neutrals and earth tones work best in the studio – think about adding in textures like lace, knits, cottons.
Think about complimenting the location and the time of year that you are having the photos done. Something else to consider is the materials you choose. Lightweight pieces in the summer vs thicker ones in the fall and winter.
NEED FURTHER IDEAS?
Check out these Amazon lists I have put together that include some of my favorite pieces for the whole family!
-For the Girls
-For the Boys
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