I really love having my kids pictures taken. I love to look back over the years and see how much everyone has changed and grown, especially now that my kids are entering the pre-teen years and it seems like they change daily.
That means that we have lots of pictures of my kids--and sometimes my husband and I as well--and I have a few tricks for getting the best pictures for larger groups.
A few years ago it was the trend for everyone in the photo to dress exactly the same--remember all those photos of families in their jeans and white button downs? I admit, for years I dressed all of my girls in the same dress for family photos and they all looked really cute! While I don’t still always go for the matching outfits, I always found that it was easiest to dress them alike because with five kids in the picture it can get very "busy" looking in the photo quickly so I do still try to have the younger three dress in similar dresses.
Here are my tips for coordinating outfits for larger families and groups:
Don't use colors that draw attention away from the overall photo. In this photo, my I dressed my girls in variations on navy, with two of them in polka dots and the other in a solid navy dress. I then added some pops of color with the youngest wearing a yellow dress and my son wearing a casual yellow shirt. The photographer then picked a background that coordinated with the overall color scheme and made the yellows really stand out.
When wearing clothing that has a pattern, then it is best to keep the background simple. In this photo, my girls are wearing a pretty paisley patterned dress, so we kept the background simple with just the plain white background keeping the focus on the kids.
Finally, in a photo like this one that features classic creams and greys, feel free to experiment a little and add in some visual interest with a festive backdrop. I love how the colors of the background really mimic the colors in my girls dresses and how the ornament colors really shine through. It makes for a classic holiday photo.
I hope these easy tips help you when planning for your next photo shoot, whether you have one or ten people in your group!
Megan Galko resides in Northeast PA (NEPA) with her husband, one son and four daughters. She enjoys sharing Tips, Recipes, Reviews and more on her website (www.nepamom.com) and also is a Social Media Consultant for small businesses. She is a contributing partner to the Build Your Influence Summit, a 2 day conference being held this fall that is geared towards bloggers and business owners and helping them improve their influence in their chosen niche.