how to Prepare Your Family for A Perfect Portrait Session

Expert Advice from a Trusted Family Photographer

A common thread that ties together these family portraits is well-fitted clothing and thoughtful color choices showcasing your personal styleHaving photographed over a thousand family portraits over two and a half decades, I’ve learned a thing or two about creating beautiful family portraits. Aside from finding the perfect location and flattering light, clothing is the key ingredient in creating fun, relaxed, and timeless family portraits. I’ve learned how to make families look their best effortlessly. When dressing for group portraits, the key is coordinating complementary colors. 

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TEN Expert Tips for Family Portraits


Choose colors that flatter your skin, hair, and eye color.


Enhance eye color with complementary accessories.


Embrace bold colors and pastels for family photos.


Ensure clothing fits well to highlight your best features.


Avoid wrinkling fabrics and opt for well-draped outfits.


Dress for full-length portraits, including matching socks and shoes.


Use simple patterns and bold colors to show off your personality.


Layer with textures like knits, silk scarves, and denim.


Mix long sleeves with short, and leggings with skirts.


Wear clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable.

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Client Testimonials

Our family has had the privilege of working with Marc during many special family events over the years. He takes the time to listen to what we want and finds ways to create images that reflect our personalities in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Marc offers creative ideas that make even the simplest portrait magical. He is a pleasure to work with, and we can’t imagine celebrating a significant life event without him.

Alison W.

If you are considering updating your social media or website photos, consider professional headshot photographer Marc Weisberg. Marc is a detailed-oriented and fastidious artist and takes a sincere interest in capturing the look you wish to convey. This means that no detail will be overlooked, from wardrobe consultation to the most flattering light and the ideal location. He will make you look and feel beautiful. I have received numerous compliments on my new portraits!

Cynthia S.

I have always been told that I was not very photogenic….I’ve never liked getting my picture taken. I heard the comments from other friends that had professional portraits done, how easy Marc is to work with, and how happy they were with the results. Marc made the sitting so easy. He calmed my nerves and helped me to relax and enjoy the process.  I  highly recommend Marc to anyone who wants gorgeous portraits. On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being the best, I would give him a 12!

Vicki G.
San Clemente

Marc is a creative genius, fully committed to excellence, with an incredible sense of humor. The characteristics that he embodies are captured through his lens and made beautiful for his clients. He has the eye and patience for a posed family portrait, but those rare spontaneous moments that he captures become the most coveted portraits for a lifetime.

Jennifer H.
Costa Mesa

You can hire a photographer who knows how to use his gear or hire an artist who creates an amazing image. Marc is an artist, a professional, and a fun guy. He is wonderful and patient with my young daughters … being goofy, and getting them to smile. I continue to go back to Marc because he’s a great artist who captures a moment, an emotion, and unforgettable images.

Brandan S.
Newport Beach

Marc possesses a keen eye for bringing out the best in his subjects. No matter the marketing need – executive headshots, high-profile corporate events, or other initiatives, Marc is THE EXPERT who can tell your story in an incredibly impactful and action-oriented way without words. He’s a true craftsman.

David Oates
APR, Principal, PR Security Service

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