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family portrait photographyDo you have a family portrait scheduled in the upcoming weeks? Many families treasure their portraits for years. If you happen to do a search on the internet for awkward family photos, quite a few interesting photographs will show up. Do not let your family fall into this unfortunate predicament. We are going to show you what you need to wear and how to act to get the best family portrait ever. It is actually quite impressive how far we have come in family photography.

Portraits have always been popular among people and families for as long as one can remember. Some of histories most important people have been immortalized in paint and photo. However, it wasn’t until late in the 19th century that the average individual could enjoy this process through the use of the daguerreotype. This early photographic portrait cut down on the cost and time it took for a family portrait. However, one thing that has not changed in that time period is learning to coordinate and not match while sitting for the photographer.

Learning Not to Blend

One of the most important aspects in knowing what to wear for your sitting is making sure the family coordinated their outfits. This does not mean that everyone involved should match and have the same outfits. Those types of portraits went out with the Reagan administration! Look at the way the colors and fabrics interact with one another. When the family has outfits that are able to compliment each other, it really helps to bring the portrait together. The goal of the clothing should show the families personality as a whole and not that of an advertisement.

Personality Over Perfection

One of the main goals of a good family portrait is to have the families personality shine through. One of the ways of doing this is allowing everyone something that is going to help with that cause. For example, while you may want your daughter to be dressed n perfection, but she wants to wear her favorite tutu. Think of how you will want to remember her twenty years from now. Do you want to see her dressed like a Gap ad or wearing what was so dear to her heart? Especially with children it is best to let them choose what they want to wear and then for the parent to make them a little more suitable.

A family portrait is designed to be a timeless memento to be cherished for years. However, many people make mistakes that make them want to hide these portraits. If the family manages to find clothing that compliments each other and allows their personalities to shine through the portrait is guaranteed to be perfect. If done correctly, these will be portraits you will be proud to hang above the fireplace. We hope that these simple tips help you in getting ready for your portraits. Just remember these simple tips and above all have fun, the moment that is captured will live on for years to come.