I so often get the question, 'What should we wear for our family photo shoot?' - which is a totally legitimate question! When thinking about what to dress every member of the family in, it can definitely be a little bit overwhelming. Below I outline some tips to keep in mind when choosing everyone's outfits for your shoot- and hey, I've even had clients send me photos of what they're thinking of wearing for their session! I'm happy to help you choose what to wear as well!
Think soft and neutral
Color combos of soft neutrals like: grey, ivory, and navy, in addition to muted tones such as mustard yellow rather than saturated ones like red, really give a classic look to your photos. These colors tend to photograph well in all lightings and when mixed & matched give some great variation to your photos.
Compliment colors, don’t match
Gone are the days where every member of the family is wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. Choose a color pallet of 3-4 colors, and mix and match pieces for each family member that compliment each other nicely.
Limit patterns, and pair them with solids
Try to choose articles of clothing that have soft, non-abrasive patterns on them. For each article of clothing you choose with a pattern, try to pair 2 other articles with it that are mostly solid colors. This will give your photos a nice balance of pattern and texture, while also avoid being too busy or distracting.
Just say no to words, logos, and characters
I have an almost-three-year-old. I know how much he LOVES Thomas the Tank Engine. Take my advice, though, and hide that shirt from his closet the day-of your shoot to avoid that inevitable meltdown when he sees it but isn’t able to wear it. Large words, logos, and kids characters tend to be distracting in photos, and, as mentioned above, really take away from the very thing we’re there to capture- your family’s smiling faces!
Avoid dressing the kids in the same outfit, in their respective sizes
Though it can be oh-so-cute (and convenient) to dress your dapper 3 boys in the same shirts, you’ll want to avoid this for your family photos. Strive to dress each child differently and in something that showcases their unique little personalities. This will give your photos much more variation and interest, and also really show each family member’s individuality.
Room to grow? Leave it in the closet
Try to dress kids in clothes that fit well, rather than their next-size-up clothes where they have room to grow. Baggy clothing on kids can look a bit sloppy, where as clothing that fits well gives them a polished look in photos.
Be selective with accessories
Definitely choose a few accessories to compliment you and your family members’ outfits- think a chunky necklace, a nice watch, a patterned tie- but try not to overdo it. Just like busy patterns, too many accessories can take away from the actual photograph and distract from you and your family’s faces!
Keep the footware as simple as possible. For babies & toddlers, feel free to ditch the shoes and show off those adorable kiddo toes. Bare feet look very natural and cute with kids in just about any setting. For adults, avoid dirty shoes, brightly colored shoes that could distract, and sneakers/running shoes.
This one’s easy- do your makeup like your normally do! Don’t feel like you have to wear heavier makeup than normal for it to show in photos. You’ll only end up feeling uncomfortable and not looking like yourself. Feel free to go heavy on simple things like the mascara, but if you don’t normally do eye shadow- definitely go sans shadow for your shoot as well!