A stylish and creative cheat to planning wardrobes for the family photo shoot.
Family photo shoots, that magical time when we lock the family down and say “cheese” in unison. It can either be a huge success or a thundering disaster. Quite often, the actual planning of the shoot is the most stressful part for moms. Choosing the perfect outfits to capture a perfect moment in time can be both hard and expensive. But what if I told you, you could have fun with the process? We have a fabulous little wardrobe hack for you to try the next time you are planning a photo shoot.
Find Your Colors
When planning a photo shoot, first find confirm the time and location. This will give you an idea of the lighting and the colors you will be positioned with. It will also give you an idea of the color palette you can work off and what materials would lend beautifully to the scenery.
For example, the beach: for this favorite location, you may want a dress that has a lot of movement because of the sea breeze coming off the water. If you are going for a silhouetted look, you can find a form-fitting outfit that will show your luscious curves when you are backlit by the sun.
Cut it Out
Next, download and print a picture of the location, reflecting the time of day you and your photographer have selected. By doing this, you can keep the colors and setting in front of you to start your wardrobe selection.
Now, go to a few stores online that will carry the items you are looking to purchase. Go through their catalog and find clothes that fit your idea of color and material. Try shopping at the same place if you can, because most stores will have the same color palette across male and female platforms. Select outfits that are complimentary to one another and have certain revolving themes whether that is color or a design – but mix it up.
Now, here is the fun part. Do you remember when you were young, and you would play with paper dolls? Well, take a walk down memory lane and apply that same flare for styling!
Mix and match different pieces together for each member of the family. Line them all up to look at colors, design, and how it flows next to the background you have printed out.
Make sure to have certain pieces in different forms, like a printed shirt and the same design in shorts so you can mix and match how you would like to layout the look for your family.
No Muss No Fuss
This is such a great way to plan out a look for any type of photoshoot, whether it is editorial, family, or portrait. We in the industry often apply this method to our mood boards for fashion shoots so we can see how textures, colors, and light will affect our set.
However, this is a simple and fun way to take the stress out of planning wardrobes, and the whole family can take part. Confidence in what you are wearing is key to a successful shoot. Having the kiddos enrolled in their outfits and seeing the vision can also take the anxiety away.
Fun, cost effective, and creative – this is sure to streamline your next shoot!