Almost always after I get a family portrait session on the calendar the question comes up: "What should we wear"?
Here are several pointers for you when you're selecting clothing and colors for your family for this fall's portraits. You'll also note that I have included on-trend colors for autumn 2015 at the end of this post.
1. Make the decision as to WHERE you'll display your family portrait. Is the area formal? casual? Where you display will start you in the right direction for framing, colors and so on.
2. What color palette is in place where you'll be displaying your family portrait? Jewel tones? Pastels? Beach-y? Again, the color palette where you'll present your family portrait will tend to narrow your choices for what to wear.
3. Do you prefer an environmental? Or is the studio more to your liking? Environmental portraits are beautiful during the fall season. The changing colors of the leaves, the brisk air--all serve to work in helping you remember an important day in the lives of your family. If being outdoors isn't really your "thing"...let's create your family portrait in the studio. We have a wide variety of choices in backgrounds that will complement the color palette in play where you'll display your family heirloom.
Now...let's talk clothing!
I recommend to clients to start with one color and build everyone's wardrobe around it. For instance...everyone has jeans in the closet--you might decide that your family will wear denim and build shirts, sweaters and accessories around the shade of blue in the jeans. If you're needing something more formal--try tea length dresses for the young ladies and coats/ties for the young men. Still need something more formal? Try a long gown for mom, formal dresses for the young ladies and tuxedos for the men in the family.
If you're still undecided--why not schedule a design consultation in the studio? Your session fee includes such a design session and a little planning beforehand guarantees the creation of portraits that will become heirlooms.