Tips for your Minneapolis Family Portraits

June 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Family Portrait Tips!

Is this beautiful weather making you think it’s time to get outfits ready for your session? I HOPE SO! Putting outfits together is something I love to do, and since a lot of my clients absolutely HATE IT, I thought I’d send some tips to get you inspired! Remember you can always send me your ideas and I’ll help you out! So let’s get started! 

 

TIP 1: Find 1 piece of clothing to be the inspiration for everything else. This piece should be a print/pattern, with 2-5 colors. Think a dress for mom, for example! Then pull from the colors in the inspiration piece for everyone else! That’s the easiest way to find your color palette. 

A family with 3 daughters poses on the docks near Lake MinnetonkaMinnetonka Family PhotographyFamily Portraits... Because it's important to Capture Memories

TIP 2: Don’t be afraid to mix prints and patterns. For example, If mom is wearing a floral dress with a tight floral print (meaning the flowers are very small in the print), then it actually looks great to have one of the daughters wearing a polka-dot print, or stripes. If only one person is wearing a print/pattern, and everyone else is wearing solid colors, it doesn’t look as natural as if you mix a few prints/patterns together. Chambray is also a great neutral that adds texture to the look. 

 

TIP 3: Dads will ALWAYS look good in a button up shirt. Even in the Summer months, they can roll their sleeves, or wear short sleeves, but it’s always a win and always looks good. 

A Family of 6 wearing various shades of blue stands in an open grassy fieldMinnesota Family PhotographyFamily images captured by Memories in Time Photography

Tip 4: After you choose your outfits, put everything on top of the bed next to each other, and make sure nothing is clashing. If you want, send that picture to me so I can give you my professional opinion! 

 

Tip 5: Do NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT wear jeans and matching colored shirts. I’ll send you straight home if you do!!! The matchy matchy look can sometimes be ok if you’re at a beach and all wearing white linen, but even then, there’s art to putting those looks together, so just don’t do it. 

4 girl Cousins pose in brightly colored Spring DressesChaska Family PortraitsFamily Portraits... Because it's important to Capture Memories

I can’t wait to get you in front of my camera soon! 

~Cara

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