It’s the middle of November and if you’re like me you have yet to take your family holiday photo! Do I at least get a pass this year because I have a 4 month old? No? Dang it!
The lovely and amazingly talented Bianca Colgin owner of Little Bean has put together a few looks and a few tips. Some of you may know Bianca Colgin as a Fashion Stylist for Neiman Marcus. Basically that means she knows what she’s talking about.
What tip of fill do you want for the for the photo? Outside? Inside a studio? Formal? Casual?
If you are going with a lifestyle shot and being photographed outdoors you want the kids to look the part.
Ballet flats and a velvet gown or suit for your little guy looks silly outdoors. I love textured tights and a fun skirt for girls and for boys structured pants (not jeans) for an outdoor shoot.
For the love, stay away from all white shirts, it makes everyone pale and creates no impact!
I think the style should reflect who your family is and do you dress your kids in all white?
There are other ways to create a symbiotic look with being more authentic to your families vibe.
My favorite tip…
I love picking a color and having the family wear an ombre selection of different shades within that family.
The visual interest of this photograph when printed is so layered and gives such an impact.
For example the Blue family: Daddy and the Boys in Navy or Marine Blue, Mom in Violet or Eggplant, Girls in Magenta or Perwinkle.
Great tip! Less is more when it comes to accessories!
Keep accessories to a minimum, they usually just date the photograph and you want timeless beautiful shots of your precious family.
So simple jewelry for mom with more timeless silhouettes and for the little girls, smaller bows and simple earrings.
For Daddy and little boys, no labels or shirts with type and designs.
Finally, have fun! If you are stressed about getting the right, perfect, insanely meticulous shot, your kids are going to do exact opposite.
Stay calm, have fun, and pick outfits that they are excited about.
And remember if you don’t get that perfect shot – candid shots of your family being your family are a thousand times more special!
Thank you so much Bianca Colgin! These are amazing tips!!!