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Coordinating Family Photos

By January 31, 2013

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""Admit it, somewhere tucked in an album you have a picture of yourself and a loved one wearing matching outfits. Maybe it's you and your brother in identical Christmas sweaters, Mother/Daughter shots in formal gowns, the entire extended family in khaki and white . . . regardless of the details, I'm betting those pics aren't hanging front and center in the entry way.

In addition to the embarrassment factor, matchy matchy ensembles are less appealing than those with more visual variety. They are also less revealing. I want to remember my son's affinity for tartan and my daughter's obsession with tulle. That said, I don't want the family photo to be a free for all. Thankfully, I've got a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to coordinating family photo looks to be authentic and attractive.

I love styling family photos. Coordinating a group of looks is like arranging bookshelves, an art you are more likely to have seen on a design show. One trick: use a lot of texture for depth, and a little pattern for interest. Another tip: weave similar elements in an undulating manner through the framed shot. For more insights, read my full article on how to dress for family photos and let me know if you have further questions.

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