Family photos are a cherished tradition that captures moments of love and togetherness. But let’s be honest: Figuring out what to wear for family photos can be a real challenge! You want everyone to look their best and coordinate without being too matchy-matchy.
Gone are the days of everyone wearing the same color shirts and jeans. Instead, mix and match your outfits to create a harmonious yet individualistic look.
For example, Dad can rock a crisp stripe shirt with khaki (or pink!) shorts while Mom slays in a floral maxi dress. The kids can wear coordinating colors or patterns that complement the overall color scheme.
Let each family member’s personality shine through, and watch the magic happen in your photos!
Another fun idea is to dress your family according to the season of your photoshoot. This can make your photoshoot feel timely and festive! Here are some good rules of thumb for choosing outfit colors:
Spring: Pastels and florals can create a fresh and vibrant look.
Summer: This time of year calls for light and breezy fabrics like linen or cotton in bright colors.
Fall: The perfect season for warm hues like rust, mustard, and burgundy paired with cozy sweaters and boots.
Winter: Embrace the holiday spirit with rich jewel tones and cozy textures.
Remember, the key is to be comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing, as it will reflect in your photos. Avoid loud logos or busy patterns that can distract from the overall look. Also, consider the location and backdrop of your photoshoot and choose outfits that complement the surroundings.
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun with it! Playful props, candid moments, and genuine smiles are what make family photos truly special. So, embrace your family’s unique style and let your personalities shine through. After all, the best outfit for family photos is the one that makes you feel happy and brings out your authentic self!
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Our goal is simple: for your session to be as fun and stress-free as possible. Deciding what to wear for family photos doesn’t have to be stressful.
But just so you have an idea of what a professional photographer would suggest before your photoshoot, we’ve created this guide just for you!
After reading through our guide, you’ll feel confident and prepared for your session. However, as always, we’re here if you need us.
It’s packed with our best tips, tricks, and insider secrets for scheduling and styling your portrait session –– and everything in between. Your only job is to be yourself, laugh a lot, have fun, and let us do the rest.
Prepping for an engagement, maternity, newborn, family, or senior portrait session can make you feel excited, anxious, a smidge stressed … and of course, making a giant mess in your closet as you search for the perfect outfit. Inside our blog, we’re serving up all the inspo, tips, and tricks you need to have a stress-free photo session, from how to pose without feeling super awkward to what you and your family should wear. Reap the benefits of our 30 years of photography experience and wisdom, or just enjoy looking at the pretty pictures.