We had a cold, overcast day for these PNW family portraits. It was just a few days before Christmas, which is perfect for families with college students who are home for the holidays. I love offering these sessions to the seniors on my team who have recently graduated, because this is their first extended break at home since leaving for school.
The Cashman family had an ah-mazing session that I am so excited to share with you. They coordinated outfits beautifully and brought along a special guest for their session. We captured posed photos but sprinkled in some silly and fun portraits to keep things lighthearted and fun. Having a balance of the two ensures you have photos that capture who you are as a family.
Picking Outfits for Family Portraits
This beautiful family wore bright red hues that helped them pop against the overcast weather. I always recommend picking one to two colors for all family members to wear. This helps everyone look coordinated without overly matching. For winter family portraits, layers are essential for staying warm. If the ladies want to feel dressed up outside, I recommend cute tights, sweater dresses, and cozy scarves.
For ideas on what to wear for winter family portraits, don’t miss my outfit guide on the blog! You can also follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration. I love helping my clients plan outfits for their portrait sessions to make sure everyone looks and feels their best.
Bringing Your Pet to a Family Portrait Session
The Cashmans brought their beloved golden retriever, Charlie, who only has three legs after battling cancer. Charlie was the absolute sweetest, and he even matched the family with his red bandana and navy blue coat.
It is so important to include your beloved pets in your photos. They are a part of the family, and sadly you never know how long they will be around. Bringing your pet to your family portrait session is the perfect way to honor the time you have with them. And it keeps everyone smiling.
Check out a few of my favorite photos from this PNW family portrait session, and reach out to get your session on the books!