FAMILY PORTRAIT
DRESS GUIDE


Round Rock Family Photographer

Want to love your portraits?
Wear clothes that FIT you properly. 

It's time to start dreaming of your Family Portrait and what to wear so its a timeless work of art.

Wearing clothing in the same color family exudes a feeling of togetherness and unity rather than separation.

 

BEGIN WITH A NEUTRAL THEME
For a classic look start with solid fabrics. Add a little pattern and splashes of color with the children’s outfits and accessories on the adults (scarves, hats, necklaces and other jewelry, etc).

Do not mix dark and light tops and bottoms. Especially in larger groups. Mixing darks and lights creates a busy look. Keeping the entire group in medium to darker tones or all in lighter tones will draw attention to your faces.

TO SLENDERIZE
Dark clothing tends to slenderize. Longer sleeves also slenderize and flatter.

FOR A NATURAL LOOK
Sweaters, sport coats and other long-sleeved tops along with layered tops add depth and dimension. Jeans and casual slacks are great because they allow us the flexibility to create some portraits sitting on the ground. For outdoor portraits medium to deeper colors or jewel tones work better than pastels.

FOR A FORMAL PORTRAIT
For a stunning formal portrait start with a blend of rich, understated colors. Add a little dark-on-dark pattern with accessories. Don’t be afraid to spice it up with a color splash, flattering necklines and jewelry. Darker tones work well to simplify the overall look.


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****IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT EYE GLASSES****

Most people that wear glasses from the moment they wake until they go to sleep want to wear their glasses in their portrait.

Glasses, however can produce glare and reflections covering their eyes. This is not usually retouch-able.

Glasses with an anti-reflective coating are okay to wear as the coating will reduce the reflection. Otherwise we recommend borrowing a similar pair of empty frames from your optometrist and wearing those or going without.


IMPORTANT REMINDER TO AVOID...

ANY clothing with
Checks, Polka-Dots, Stripes, Plaids,
Patterns, or Logos/Brands

Choose solid color clothing for best results

"We are a Casual Family"

We certainly understand that most of us live our everyday lives more casually than what these portraits require. We take hundreds if not thousands of pictures of a year of us in our normal, casual environment. What the studio is creating here, is a once in a lifetime, formal portrait that will not only stand the test of time, it will become a family heirloom that you can pass down for generations. We very strongly encourage you to follow the wardrobe guide as it provides the best results

“Dressing formally will be make your art much more timeless. People usually have many photos that are casual simply on their phone, but this is a once in a lifetime portrait.”

 

IMPORTANT TIPS
 

TRY THIS
Lay out everyone’s clothing in the room where your portrait will live. Replace outfits and add accessories until you achieve a complimentary and exciting look for that room. Also, after laying out the clothing choices you have in mind consider taking a quick snapshot with your phone. If you like what you see, this photo can be helpful when sharing this information with other family members and when shopping for the rest of the family.

EYE GLASSES
Most people that wear glasses from the moment they wake until they go to sleep want to wear their glasses in their portrait.

Glasses, however can produce glare and reflections covering their eyes. This is not retouchable. Glasses with an anti-reflective coating are okay to wear as the coating will reduce the reflection. Otherwise we recommend borrowing a similar pair of empty frames from your optometrist and wearing those or going without.