This time of year I always get lots of emails from both clients and readers about family pictures. More specifically, questions about what everyone should wear. Most women have a pretty good idea about what they want the kids to wear and a few go-to outfits of their own that they feel really pretty in. It's the husbands who are usually less than thrilled about the whole thing. The money, being forced to talk about and then wear something "coordinated", the crazy that over takes their wives hoping for picture perfect perfection. But the wives have no clue how to coordinate their husband's without looking over the top.
The first thing I tell them is to let their husband wear jeans. They'll feel so much more relaxed (translation: relaxed in photos) if they feel like they're not being asked to dress up. It's also the perfect excuse to get your husband in a nicer pair of jeans if you haven't already. It's also good to have something comfortable on for family pile-on's that are sure to give off happy smiles and great photography results. Most men aren't programmed to play in their khaki's or dress slacks. It must be mental.
My favorite go-to outfit for men is a nice pair of jeans, gingham shirt, v-neck sweater, and loafers or sneakers. I'm not talking full on athletic running shoes, but it's fun to see a guy in the shoes he's most comfortable in. So let his personality shine! You want to capture him for who he is along with your perfectly behaved children with their clean hands. *winkwink* And let's face it, a blue shirt will almost always coordinate with the outfit choices the rest of the family has on. You can stay monochromatic or bring in a second color with the sweater. This outfit combo is perfect for so many occasions, not just family portraits. In fact, my guess is you probably have seen some combination of this in your husband's closet!
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