When scheduling a family portrait session in Aspen, for for that matter, a headshot or a senior portrait, the question that I am most asked is “what should I wear?”. My first response is that everybody should wear something that they love and feel comfortable wearing. When I look in my wardrobe I know that certain colors flatter me more than others. However, if it is a family portrait session it is important to consider what other family members are wearing. I usually recommend complementary colors or, at least, one overlapping theme.
In the mountains, I often suggest that everybody wears jeans, or brown shirts, or cowboy boots, or white sweaters, etc. If there is one overlapping theme than I don’t mind (and actually prefer) if there is variation in the rest of the outfit. The common theme will tie the whole family together and the variation will allow individual style to help define each member of the family.
Often, men will lean toward wearing a plaid shirt. As much as I love plaid, especially a plaid flannel shirt, I try and steer my clients toward something more simple and less busy. As much as we love plaid today I question whether we will be happy with our choice down the road. Something more simple is more likely to continue to please us in the future. Although I prefer simple I also love color and layers. Rather than wearing a patterned piece of clothing, I like to see style emerge through hats, scarves, vests, open jackets, Of course, the season will determine what is most appropriate but there is always room for accessories! I also suggest that my clients bring a change of clothes (especially the gals) and they can change outfits throughout the photo shoot as you never know what may suit you the best on camera! It also makes the photo session a lot more fun!
During the winter season I also strongly discourage ski jackets. Wool coats and sweaters can be elegant and beautiful but a ski jacket just never seems to look good. They also tend to come with very visible logos.
Wearing a stylish outfit can really make the difference in a portrait that is good and a portrait that is great. Clothes can really help tell the story whether it be a family or an individual portrait. Allow the clothes to help give the portrait a sense of who you are and help convey your personality. And have fun with it all!