It is that time of year when we are all trying to capture that elusive family holiday photo! When planning pictures, I always start with my setting choice and a color scheme that the entire family wears. No matchy-matchy but colors that are coordinated and look fabulous together. If you need inspiration, look to our new holiday card designs. Maureen and Adria combined hand painted details with graphics and colors that are so fun and unique!
Our amazing photographer, Becca Bond, offered some tips on how to plan your outfits and create lasting memories for your family.
1-Coordinate but don’t match. Remember that you are dressing to create a piece of art that will last for a lifetime and beyond. It should be not only pleasing to your eyes but also interesting. Color is very important here. Look at the color wheel, find a color that you like, and then look across from it to find it’s complimentary color. It’s always a general rule that in order to make everyone look coordinated, keep colors in the same “family” but not the same. Or have an element that runs through, such as having Dad wear a color that pulls the color of mom’s belt and the baby’s shoes.
I usually find an inspiration piece-whether it is a gorgeous dress for my daughter, a piece of jewelry that I love, or a card design whose colors are fresh and modern.
I found a shirt for my son and a dress for my daughter at J.Crew-my favorite kids brand-and built our colors around those pieces.
2-Go crazy with accessories, patterns, and especially TEXTURE. I think that you can wear so much more in photo shoots than you would normally wear in real life. Chunky knit hats, over-the-knee socks on girls over stockings, patterned rainboots on kids, suspenders on boys and jewelry just add another layer to the portraits.
(Photo courtesy of Oasis Photography)