What to Wear to a Family Photo Session

General What to Wear Clothing Tips

Coordinating your outfits can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! This post covers all aspects of what to wear to a family photo session.

The Traditional Fail-Proof Formula

The traditional fail-proof formula of what to wear is to put your family in different neutral shades (i.e. ivory, gray, beige) and then add a few pops of coordinating color. Keep in mind that you should always have at least two colors in your color scheme to avoid everyone blending into each other. If everyone is in white and piled on top of each other, it’s hard to see where one person ends and the next begins.

Start with Yourself. Or the Pickest Person.

It’s way easier to visualize the whole puzzle once you know what one piece looks like! When wondering what to wear to your Family Photo Session, try starting with you. Starting with your own outfit makes it easier to find something you’re guaranteed to feel comfortable in. What color do you like on yourself? What patterns are you opposed to?

If your daughter is pickier about her wardrobe choices, maybe consider starting with her. You want everyone to feel like themselves in their family session outfit so no one is stuck in their own mind or focusing on their appearance the entire time. Starting with mom or daughter’s outfit also makes it easier to coordinate, since women’s clothing tends to have more colors and prints.

Complement, don’t match.

The day of all white shirts and khaki pants is long past! We want colors and patterns that generally complement each other. For instance, soft colors (light blue, gray, blush) or warm colors (brown, orange, burgundy), If you want colorful images, then you should choose a more vivid color scheme for your outfits!

There’s Nothing Wrong with All Solids.

Pops of pattern can definitely look great, but if you’re looking for a fail-proof family combination, go with solids. To keep things from looking boring, include textures (think chunky knits, tulle, lace, etc). Avoid tiny prints, especially small plaid and small stripes.

Forget Outfit Changes!

Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be! All you need for an awesome family session is one outfit for everyone. Changing outfits will take time away from your shoot and can put everyone in a grumpy mood.

Consider Your Home Decor.

What to wear to a family photo session? Well, where do you intend on displaying your images? If you’re planning to hang your images in your living room that’s decorated in all white, you probably don’t want your clothing to be dark. If you’re hanging them in a colorful nursery, then wear vivid outfits. You can coordinate your outfit choices based on where the images will be displayed.

Plan for the Weather, and Remember Layers.

Nothing is worse than being miserably uncomfortable in a perfect outfit. We live in Ohio, our weather can sometimes be unpredictable. If you’re planning an outdoor session in November, consider what or if any coats, gloves, and hats will be worn.

You see these adorable photos on Pinterest of families in the cutest holiday outfit without their winter coat, in a snow-filled tree farm, and wonder, how aren’t they cold?

Layers. The key to winter sessions is layers. This is how families get away without wearing their winter coats in winter family sessions. While layering always keep your under layers TIGHT. This is how you avoid the bulky look. Men can follow this same technique too! I even tell all my families to have their men/boys wear tights under their clothes. NO ONE WILL KNOW, NOT EVEN ME!

In the summer, dress in layers that you can easily take off if you get too hot.

Don’t Forget Shoes!

These are often the forgotten last element, but they can really make or break your outfits! If you can’t find shoes you love, consider going barefoot (just bring walking shoes to get from point A to point B). Steer away from athletic shoes and bright white sneakers.

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Written by : Racquel Hine