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Outer Banks Family Beach Portraits- What to wear

We have great tips, ideas and lots of photos of what to wear for your Outer Banks family portrait session! As a photographer, we get a lot of questions about family portraits. What should we wear? What should we bring and what should we expect? We often say bring laughter and happiness, wear what’s comfortable and a smile and expect to have fun! Sometimes that isn’t enough of an answer. I have some great tips below to make your beach portrait experience amazing and fun!

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What to wear:
Often khaki pants or blue jeans with a white or blue shirt look great. But you are not limited to this. It is ok to be creative. Keep the size of your group in mind when choosing what to wear.

Here are some ideas for what to wear:
-Have a different color for each family. This is great for group photos that involve more than one family.
-Females wear one color and the males wear another.
-Just coordinate the shirt color and wear the bottoms you would like.
-Coordinate the men in the family and allow the women to dress in dresses or outfits that compliment them.
-Wear a special family vacation shirt.
-Bring a change of clothes for the individual family portraits sessions. You can change after the group photo is taken. Make sure it is something that you can quick change into in case there are no places to change at the shoot and so you don’t lose a lot of time.
-Dress in your best casual wear (try to avoid competing patterns). Wear colors that look good on you. Choose colors from the same color palette. Example choose from blues or greens but don’t state a specific tone. Also choose something easy to pose in.
– Wear the same colors
-Not all the pictures need to be formal. Add some fun to your shots. Cowboy hats, sunglasses, feather boas and funny glasses are a few suggestions.
-Wear Santa hats for that Christmas card in the winter 🙂
-Bring props- football, musical instrument, surfboards, etc…
-Bring a change of clothes. Large groups should try to be as efficient as possible so you don’t lose a lot of time.

Babies and children:
Change of clothes- dressy and casual or a princess outfit, costumes, etc…
Blanket- for hot sand and those who don’t like sand as well as for infants.
Babies/infants- Cute baskets to sit in (large), sit on toys (rocking horse, etc…)
*Toys- shovel & bucket, dump truck, special toys, etc… Also, bring a small toy for a family member or the photographer to shake for the small children so they will focus in the direction of the camera.
A favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal
Beach chair-kid size
Hat and sunglasses
Santa hats
Be creative!

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Family portrait photo with pastels.

This is a group shot of several families that all decided to show each family with its own beautiful colors.

 

Simple family portrait photo.

This family decided to go for simple and comfortable.

 

Family portrait photo with nice patterns.

Although patterns are not always recommended, this family really found a happy mix and found patterns that were rather large and easy to photograph.

 

Young child portait with head ornament and stuffed animal.

Just a fun head ornament and a simple stuffed animal made this shot an instant classic.

 

Family portrait photo with nice red color.

We do not see this very often but this family decided to use color to make a wonderful portrait!

 

Friends and family work portraits.

This group works together. The shirts and hats are from their company. They then changed clothing for their individual family portraits.

 

Classic children family portraits with classic white and khaki

A perfect example of classic family portrait attire! And they were very happy to change and get back into their bathing suits!

 

Classic casual family portrait with white and denim.

If you are really casual, here is a great example of what to wear.

 

You just can’t go wrong with super fun and beachy colors!

 

Children

Hat, $10.00. Blanket, $15.00, photo on the beach with seagulls too? Priceless!

 

Classic light colors for family portraits.

Classic is classic for a reason. You just can never go wrong with this clothing scheme.

 

Bright red surfboard prop for family portraits.

You tell me how cool the surfboard prop is?

 

Family portrait photo with white, blue, navy and accents.

This creative family went with a lighter blue for the men and navy blue for the women. The children had white with blue accents and this was a perfect portrait!

 

Child portrait with hat, vest and teddy bear.

A simple hat, vest-like top, and good old teddy bear.

 

Child portrait with hat.

Child portrait with an adorable hat.

 

Child portrait without hat.

Do you now agree that a hat can change everything?

 

Family portrait with jeans and white shirts.

This is the way to go when the subjects are classy and casual!

 

Family portrait that is well thought out with pastels, whites and beige.

With some really good thought, this family went with a mix of colors and accented the youngest children. Totally beautiful and timeless!

 

Family portait with adirondack chair.

This family went above and beyond and brought out an Adirondack chair to the beach for a simple and loving portrait.

 

Classic white family portrait

Classic white family portrait.

 

Family portrait photo of youth in black and white.

This group did it so simple and it turned out wonderful!

 

Multi family portrait with each family in different colors.

This is a multi-family group wanted a group photo on the stairs of the house and a repeat on the beach. They were color coordinated per family.

 

Family portrait at the Whale Head Club, all in classic white.

You just can’t go wrong with white for family portraits!

 

Children portraits with props adds a lot to the photo!

If you have young children, bring nice, new colorful props. You won’t regret it!

 

Children portraits with props adds a lot to the photo!

If you have young children, bring nice, new colorful props. You won’t regret it!

 

Children portraits with props adds a lot to the photo!

If you have young children, bring nice, new colorful props. You won’t regret it!

 

Children portraits with props adds a lot to the photo!

If you have young children, bring nice, new colorful props. You won’t regret it!

 

Family portraits photo with hats.

This family added the blue bow-ties for fun. They took them off and then took more images without the blue accents.

 

Family portrait photo with cowboy hats.

This family had fun bringing hats. Yeehaw!!!

 

Family portrait photo in the winter with fun colors and warm clothes.

This couple had their images done in the winter. They both enjoy the outdoors. They were able to coordinate colors very nicely.

 

Family Portraits

When we shoot your family portraits we like to capture relationships and special moments. We will get as many group pictures that you would like during the photo session. We try to do the portraits either very early in the morning or close to sunset in the evening. The beach is clear of people at this time and the sun is not too bright.
If time permits we will shoot some images in the dune line with the sea oats and sand dunes behind you and then move in front of the ocean to get some great beach shots. After the group shots are done I love to get some candid shots of the different families and the children walking on down the beach holding hands or playing in the sand.
Don’t be afraid to bring props to your family portrait session (funny glasses, cigars, parasols & boas, etc…). Silly pictures can be so fun!

Don’t forget about the kids! You can bring a bucket and shovel or a favorite toy to keep them occupied between shoots or to use during the shoot. For kids that don’t like the sand bring a blanket to sit on. Don’t forget to bring bottled water, snacks or a bottle for the little ones too. Sometimes a nice treat for good behavior can go a long way.
You might want to make sure everyone is wearing sunblock too. It can get very hot out on the beach in the summer.

The most important part to family portraits? Don’t forget your smile 🙂
If you would like to have some fun with your family portraits give us a call!
(252) 480-3074

The Burton Family

I had the joy of photographing a wonderful family this summer. I can’t wait until next time!

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