Each time I do shoot I will only settle for the very best when it comes to professional business headshots. The reason I have so many repeat clients is because they know the quality they are going to get each and every time we do a shoot.

Whether you are taking a family portrait for a special gift or you want to update your photo to include new family members, formal pictures of all the relatives together are treasured possessions for most people. However, nothing can ruin a group shot quicker than lack of colour coordination. Having Uncle John show up in his quicksilver board-shorts, new Bintang T-shirt, red thongs, and his favourite white Bali surf hat while the rest of the family is decked out in khaki pants and mocha sweaters will not make for the perfect family portrait. The key to getting a group shot to look as pleasing as possible is to have family members wear outfits that feature the same colour scheme.

Every family gathering is a great opportunity for a timestamp to be created.

Every family gathering is a great opportunity for a timestamp to be created.

12 Tips for what to wear in family photos

· Wear solid coloured clothing

· Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued

· Avoid all white or all black clothing

· Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)

· Choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones. OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones. Coordinate, Don't Match.

· Choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow

· Choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies

· Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)

· Keep jewellery simple and minimalistic

· Do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes (I’ll explain more later)

· If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session

· Bring some accessories. If your kids have a "best friend" teddy bear, we don't wont to miss him!

Not so good example (However this was not a planned portrait)

Not so good example (However this was not a planned portrait)

Good example

Good example