4 What to Wear Tips | Family Photos

So you’ve booked a session with me. Now the fun part… planning what to wear! Here are four of my favorite “what to wear” tips for you and your family.

1. Gone are the days where everyone wears a white shirt with blue jeans for family pictures. Instead, coordinate around a general color scheme of 3-4 colors, and then mix-and-match with different types of fabric, prints, patterns, solids, and/or accent colors. Below you can see these families mixed-n-matched solid colors, patterns, pants, and/or dresses too.
2.Accessorize and layer (think scarves, shirts, cute jackets, cardigans, vests, boots and jewelry!) Accessories and layers add interest and depth to photographs. Another way to add depth and texture to your photographs is to mix-n-match dresses, skirts, and pants/jeans. As mentioned above, and can’t stress enough, avoid putting everyone in the same color blue jeans. The families below are perfect examples of accessorizing, layering, and mixing-n-matching patterns with solid colors.
3.Moms, start with your outfit first! Find something that looks and feels great on YOU. Then have your kids or your husband snap a quick cell phone picture of you in your outfit. Do you still love the outfit? Perfect! Now build the rest of the family’s outfits around yours… (I usually start with finding something for the kids). BONUS TIP: Moms… if you can pull off a dress, wear one! They are always so flattering and help add interest to family photos.
4.Don’t forget the shoes! I have been guilty of this one — especially for my kids. Leave the bright sneakers and bright red Lightening McQueen crocs at home! Shoes don’t have to be fancy, new or expensive.
And lastly, please feel free to email or text me if you are looking for suggestions or are having a hard time deciding between a couple outfits. That’s what I am here for and is definitely part of custom photography experience if needed!

Now that you know how to put outfits together for your next session with me, check out this other blog post I wrote about things to consider when choosing a location for your session.


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  • This is fantastic advice! So many (read: nearly all) of my images of my five year old are of him in beat up, scraggly Lightning McQueen sneakers.ReplyCancel

  • Zelena Rose (Zelena Hatcher)

    What great advice, especially on the shoes! My sons live in crocs and only wear something else for sports and pictures:)ReplyCancel

  • Allison

    I love this!! Such good examples and wonderful photos. You always do such a creative job with your 4 on 4ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    These families did a great job of coordinating their outfits. Great images 🙂ReplyCancel