Photo tips with Emilie: Choosing portrait outfits

As you begin planning your families outfits
consider these 3 questions.
1.  Do you feel strongly about matching your home decor?   2.  Is there colors that look best on you and your family?  3.  What is the personality of your family (sporty, trendy, dressy, casual)?
Here are 3 easy methods to plan outfits
for your family portrait.
Find one piece of clothing that includes the colors you would like to use.   Plan the rest of the outfits around that piece.  Here are some examples…
Here I chose this darling red, pink and green girly dress and planning the other outfits around the color scheme.
Here they coordinated their colors around that adorable skirt.
Here they coordinated their colors around that adorable skirt.
Here they coordinated their colors around the little guys red, blue and gray shirt.
Here they coordinated their colors around the littlest sweeties top.  It had purple, orange and a touch of lime green.
Choose a color season of colors or a theme of colors.  For example fall colors, bright colors or spring pastels.
Here I chose fall colors
Here they chose spring pastel colors
Here they chose fall colors
Here they chose fall colors
Here they chose summer brights
Choose 2 or 3 colors to use in every outfit.  It’s a little easier if you choose a basic color like tan, denim or black and then add your colors.
Here I chose denim, teal and blue.
Here is an example of the real thing.  Notice they purchased the same teal polo for the majority of the little boys.  This really helped pull the look together with this big group.
Here is another example of denim, teal and and blue.  Notice that the oldest and youngest boy are wearing the same polo, however, the youngest is wearing a blazer.  A clever way of matching but mixing it up at the same time.

Here they chose denim and white.  They also added yellow flowers.  What a fun way to add interest and pull the image together.
Here they chose denim, red and navy.
Here they chose denim, aqua and pink
Here they chose tan, yellow and blue.
Enjoy the hunt for the perfect outfits!!
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    Great pictures. Can Emilie come to Wisconsin and take our family portrait photos!

    I really like how you pick the one outfit and then plan around it. My wife wants to do a new set of our family pictures. I’ll make sure she sees this article. Great stuff!

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    What a helpful post! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! Your family photos are just stunning! Now what is your trick to get more than one little child to look?

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    This really helps a lot when it comes to the fact of having everyone look together but not really “matchy-matchy” Thanks so much! GREAT photos too!

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    Dave, I would love to come to Wisconsin. I wish it were just a little closer to Salk Lake :) I wish you & wife good luck in picking your outfits. I’m glad this tip helped.
    Gina, to get all the kids to look all you have to do is have you camera in one hand and candy in the other hand :)
    Thanks to everyone. I’m so glad it helps!!

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    This is such a great post! I am coordinating my family photo as we speak and dressing 11 people can be overwhelming! Thanks!

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    We JUST did our family pictures last week! I would have loved more advice for ours. But, we did blues and purples and the pictures did look good! I pinned your post on my pinterest! Beautiful!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

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    Thanks for showing these ideas!! I always struggle when it’s time to coordinate for the family photo! :)


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    Fabulous! I love these ideas, you are very talented!

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    thanks for the tips and…where’s that green striped dress from?! thanks!

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    Some great ideas here- thanks for sharing! Any tips for a family of three little boys? I feel like my colour choices are severely limited as the only girl….

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