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What to Wear for Your Black and White Family Photo Session

Black and white family photos are experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and for good reason. They provide a classy, timeless look that many families appreciate. At Monty Nuss Photography, we’ve found that wearing the right clothing is crucial to achieving beautiful black and white family photos. The following tips will ensure you make the right wardrobe selection for your photo session.

Dress Like You’re Going to a Nice Restaurant

Black and white photo sessions deliver a classy look, and your attire should reflect this. You shouldn’t show up dressed in formal wear, but you should look nice. We recommend dressing as if you’re going out to eat at a nice restaurant. Think nice clothes, but not too formal. In most instances, long sleeves will be more flattering than short sleeves.

Avoid Busy Patterns and Distracting Items

When taking black and white photos, the best clothing will contain subtle textures and tones. In general, solid colors will work best for getting great textures. Avoid flashy patterns and designs which will draw the eye away from you. Remember, you are the focus of the photos, not your clothes.

Jeans often work well and provide great texture. However, it’s best for each family member to wear a slightly different shade of denim to create more texture and achieve a more diverse array of gray tones. This will add depth to your photos.

Resist the urge to over accessorize. Sunglasses, hats and flashy jewelry will distract from the photo, taking the focus away from you and your family. These items can be fun in color photos, but are best left home when you’re doing a black and white family photo session.

Contrast Is Important

The proper contrast is essential to achieving beautiful black and white photos. If you’re being photographed in front of a dark background, wear lighter clothing that won’t blend into the background. Take the reverse approach with a lighter background – choose darker colors for your clothing to achieve better contrast.

Choose Complementary Styles and Colors

If every family member dresses in identical outfits, your pictures will lack contrast. It’s best for everyone to wear a unique outfit to make your pictures more interesting. While you don’t want the same outfit, wearing complementary styles and color schemes will create a more uniform look that will make for sharp photos.

Best Color Schemes for Black and White Family Photos

couple posing with young child in front of mountains for a black and white family photo sessionKeep in mind that your photos will appear in varying shades of gray. The more shades of gray, the richer the contrast. Wearing solid black or white will stick out sharply among these varying gray tones, and that may be jarring to the viewer. Instead, pick a consistent color scheme that will bring out the rich tones and textures for beautiful black and white photos.

Earth tones show up nicely in black and white family photos. If you choose darker colors, the following options will work well:

  • Royal blue
  • Burgundy
  • Hunter green

Bring Several Outfits

As with color family photos, we recommend bringing a few outfits to your session. This will provide some variety to your photos. Having backup outfits for your kids will also prevent a situation where a spilled snack or drink mars your pictures.

Bringing Your Family to Life

At Monty Nuss, we want your family’s personality to shine through in your photos, and we’ve created our Uniquely You Experience™ to ensure we achieve this goal. As part of this approach, we:

  • Get to know you to find out what is important to you
  • Discuss your goals and expectations for the photo session in detail
  • Provide guidance on wardrobe
  • Coordinate a background that complements your clothing and personal style
  • Offer a “barely there” retouch to enhance your photos for a beautiful, natural image
  • Use the most advanced equipment to deliver exceptional quality photos
  • Use the newest systems, processes, materials and backgrounds to create pictures that are uniquely you

Monty Nuss has been the go-to family photographer in Denver for over 35 years. We’ve developed ongoing relationships with many families, capturing special life moments as their children move through different stages of growth and development. These relationships are important to us, and they enable us to make your family’s personality shine every time we hold a session. As part of our commitment to building this relationship, we offer a free session when you come back for other life celebrations.

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