Faces in a family portrait should be the first thing you notice. But clothing sometimes competes for the viewer’s attention. Clothing that simplifies a group portrait is usually made up of all lighter tones, or all darker tones, not a mix of the two. A common mistake is mixing dark tops with light bottoms, or visa-versa. This can create a high contrast, “busy” scene, especially with larger groups.
We suggest a mix of medium light to light outfits. Or, for even more thinning and flattering portraits, a blend of dark colors. Darks de-emphasize the bodies and feature the faces in the family. The longer the sleeve or pant leg, the thinner these body parts will appear.
Save strong patterns and contrasting colors for areas you want to feature, like young children in the group. Otherwise, choose solid fabrics of slightly varying tone.