What to Wear for the Christmas Family Portrait

November 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

What to Wear for the Christmas Family Portrait

The best option for a formal Christmas portrait may be to wear your Sunday best. In many cases this is the easiest and most appropriate attire for a formal holiday photo. However, there are other wardrobe options available, if you are looking to give your holiday portraits a more individual touch. Some popular choices include:

Coordinating Outfits

Coordinating outfits are an easy way to create a unified look in your Christmas portraits. However, matching doesn't have to translate into identical. You can choose a favorite color or style and select clothing from there. Some examples of matching formal outfits include white, red or green shirts and dark slacks or skirts. You could also wear matching sweaters or jackets, or choose varied outfits in a single shade of red or green.

Casual

When you are posing for casual shots, you need to consider freedom of movement when selecting outfit choices. Don't underestimate the versatility of blue jeans for your Christmas family portrait. They can be coupled with sweaters, sweatshirts or even outdoor clothes for a relaxed look. Jeans also provide an excellent base for a variety of tops. Try coupling them with plain white shirts, red sweaters, or green coats.

Outerwear

One way to add some spice to your holiday photo is to coordinate your family in matching scarves and mittens and take the picture in the great outdoors. Bundle up in winter coats and boots for portraits posed on sleds or ones taken in front of a snowman. These ideas work well for outdoor shoots. However, if you're going dress in outwear for an indoor shoot, remember that removing layers can cause static to build up in hair and clothes.

Pajamas

Try a new twist on a traditional portrait by posing in your pajamas. Dress the family in matching holiday PJ's and pose in front of the tree or a decorated fireplace. You can even have everyone hold cups of hot cocoa for a "Night Before Christmas" scene.

Tips to Consider

When deciding what to wear for the Christmas family portrait, the first step is to talk to your photographer. He or she can give you a better idea of how your portrait sitting will be set-up and what style of clothing is most appropriate. If you'll be changing outfits during your sitting, save more restrictive outfits for the end of the shoot. Tight-fitting clothing can leave marks which may show up in the finished photo. Finally, make sure your clothing is neat, clean and in good condition before heading to the photo studio.


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