You've seen the pictures of families, all wearing white shirts with khaki shorts or white and ______ outfits to match with each other. I'm not knocking on personal preference, but I'll tell you why it is not recommended to wear all white matching shirts/ matching clothing in general for your session.
First off, as a photographer, I can tell you its a very contrasty look, and often white causes photography challenges such as reflecting light where it shouldn't, but often depending on the weather, a bright sunny day means your white shirt will most likely reflect the grass or greenery around it (making it a tinted color you didn't expect it to). Another reason to avoid white is that it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. What I mean by blowing out is the shirt no longer has any of the details it is completely white as if the sun is shining brightly on it. When EVERYONE is wearing the same color shirt (White, for example), it also makes it very difficult to tell the difference between everyone in a group photo and ends up looking similar to a floating head scenario.
When you switch up this matching white shirt for a different color, although you won't have issues with reflections and contrasty images, you will still deal with a very dated look, which in turn doesn't age well!
Instead, aim for a coordinated look! Look on Pinterest for some outfit ideas. Just search "photoshoot outfits" and you will see a ton of examples. In my opinion, moms-to-be photograph best in solid colors. Jewel tones would be what I would suggest- navy, burgundy, peacock teals, plums, etc. would be good for the outdoor locations.
This may seem odd. What does your home decor have to do with family picture outfits? A lot actually.
Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home. Walk around your home and think about where will you display these photos? If they are going in the living room look at the colors in there. Do you have bright decorative pillows or more of a neutral palette?
Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image. Consider picking one outfit for your family photos that have a lot of colors or fun patterns. Choose that outfit first. This gives you plenty of colors to choose from to pick your coordinating colors.
Say no to characters
Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting. Characters, like too many patterns, can make your photo look too busy. The same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost. With clipping, this is where the black clothes lose the depth and details. Trust me you don’t want this and neither does your photographer.
Textures are your friend
I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs, I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
By adding different textures through the material of your family outfits or your accessories you are adding depth and interest to your photos.
Deciding what to wear is half the battle- and I am right here with you. If you are ever unsure about colors or patterns, feel free to message me anytime and show me what you have! I love giving my feedback and we can ensure you have photos that fit perfectly with your family's personality!