I stumbled across this family photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by the wonderful Matt Porteous the other day and was immediately struck by how cleverly they’d styled themselves for this session.
They look comfortable, casual and like pretty much any other family enjoying an afternoon stroll in the woods (on their private estate - naturally!)
I absolutely certain that appearing approachable and down-to-earth was their intention. But they’ve also made great use of the best advice I can give to families unsure of what to wear on their family photo sessions:
When in doubt take a leaf out of Kate and Will’s book and go neutral.
Co-ordinate your colours rather than matching them.
Go for blocks of colour, rather than crazy patterns.
Think about where you are having your photos taken and dress accordingly. These outfits look perfectly natural in the causal woodland setting the family have chosen to have their photos taken in, but would be seriously out of place inside Kensington Palace!
What the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore to the Chelsea Flower Show
Of course once I started looking at photos of the family I couldn’t stop. I was intrigued about how they had been styled on other occasions.
These are some of the official photos released by the palace of their visit to Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at the Chelsea Flower Show (I believe these were also taken by Matt Porteous).
A dress fit for a princess?
I’m a big fan of the sense of femininity, grace and movement dresses give (and wearing a flattering dress is something I always consider first for photoshoots of my own family).
The pastel/neutral palette the family went for also works well in the garden setting. I love how the muted, neutral green and blues that Prince George and Prince Louis are wearing go with the pink florals of Princess Charlott'e’s dress. And little Prince Louis’ pink shorts are the perfect example of how to co-ordinate the pink/blue and green colour palette the children are all in.
I noticed that there weren’t any pictures of the Duchess and Princess Charlotte together, of course it may be that they weren’t ever in the same frame but they are both wearing patterned dresses which (to my mind) look a little busy next to one another. I’d always advise only one member of the family in a pattern with others in block colours co-ordinated around that.
Affordable fashion for a prince
Oh and just incase you were wondering… you could easily style yourself just like the royal family because the Duchess is a big fan of affordable and sustainable fashion. Prince George’s polo shirt (for example) is from H&M and her dress is from the & Other Stories dress - another H&M brand.
If Prince Louis’ outfit looks familiar its because it is likely a hand-me-down from his older brother (mums don’t you just love a good outfit that’ll last through the generations?!). Although Princess Charlotte’s dress is a bit more pricey coming in at £65 from Rachel Riley.
Styling for your family photo session
I’m sure the Duchess has access to a stylist who helps her make excellent fashion choices but you don’t need one if you book a family photo shoot with me.
After editing thousands of photos from family photoshoots, I have a pretty good idea of what will work well within your own personal style in your family photos. Everyone who books with me has access to my style guide with tips on what to wear and what colours to consider and I am always on hand to chat through your options with you. It’s one of the things that makes this job so much fun!
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