When it comes to clothing, it’s easy to over-prepare for a portrait session. Fifteen outfits laid out on the bed, trying to decide what to wear that matches up with your wallpaper, a barn door, or the clothes of nine other family members can be a little mind-boggling.
In general, a simple bold, bright, or neutral outfit will be best. Try to limit patterns as much as possible. For family portraits, nobody needs to be perfectly color coordinated, but similar styles or moods will help.
After you’ve got that all figured out, set it aside and find clothes that are everyday wear for yourself or family. While we want to get some “nice” photos of you all looking put together, I like to make sure we capture you the way you live life. If your son wears his Batman pajamas all day, every day, then bring them alone. It will be good, in a few years to remember that superhero era. The daily princesses, astronauts, athletes, and rock stars should be captured, so make sure you have the necessary bits for that.
And…back to the first part. Do bring a couple of outfits for each person being photographed. A tear in the knee of a child’s pants, a spilled beverage, or a good old puddle stomp can come out of nowhere and extra outfits can save the day.