Family portraits are such a special memory. They preserve moments in time that you will never get back. They also preserve fashion disasters, cheesy props, and hideous hairdos. You know it’s true! So how do you avoid ending up on Awkward Family Photos (besides skipping all-demin jumpsuits) and look like someone just pinned you on Pinterest?
How to Style Your Family Portraits
Make use of accent colors. If your anchor piece is bright, then make sure to use neutral accents. If your anchor piece is neutral in tone, then use bright accents. Since our anchor piece was neutral, I accented with a moss green vest above, and then Kane and I accented with orange shirts below. You can also throw in accent colors by using scarves, bowties, bows, jewelry, etc.
Same color tones, not exact same shades. When you’re building your look around your anchor piece, please don’t try to match every shade exactly. Here, Kane and I are both in orange shirts, but mine was brighter and more vivid, while his was more of a pumpkin orange.
Use props that are everyday items and that look natural in the setting. Here, we pulled out my blanket scarf to add some extra pop to the shoot.