Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Reader Request: What to Wear for Multi-Generation Portrait

Good morning, internet!  I hope y'all are having a great (short) work week, and will be enjoying a long weekend starting tomorrow.  I will be taking the rest of the week off from blogging and being connected, but before I start that I am excited to offer some style advice to an old friend.

Katherine, who I've known for 21 years now (geez!) is having a portrait made next week with her mom and her baby daughter.  Believe it or not, they want to look their best and not dress in matching white shirts and jeans.  They also want to celebrate Katherine's mother being a 2-time cancer survivor, and I hope I've put together some ideas that will help them do that:


For Grandma:  I've shown a pink top here, but any saturated jewel tone with a structured cut is going to photograph well and be slimming.  I've paired it with dark denim, chunky jewelry, and a fun shoe that's not going to make anyone's grandma look frumpy, or like she's trying to look 30 again. 

For Mom:  I love the look of a dress with a defined waist paired with a contrasting cardigan.  In this case, I picked a basic navy dress and paired it with a bright green sweater that will offer a nice contrast to Grandma's pink shirt and offer some structure and arm coverage.  A fun necklace and cute shoes round out the look.

For Baby:  Baby girls look good in anything, so this is easy.  In this case, I chose a printed dress to pick up the color in grandma's outfit.  This will also keep her from blending in with Katherine's dress and sweater.  Finally, a little headband that's not going to make her look like Chiquita Banana.  :)

Obviously, these outfits are illustrative and the colors and silhouettes can be altered to suit your tastes.  The most important thing about picking outfits for a photograph is that you're comfortable in them and they don't make you look larger than you are, which is easy to avoid.  Jewel tones generally look great on film, so they're usually a safe bet.

Have you had any photographs taken lately?  If you've got advice for Katherine, please share!

Have a great long weekend!

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