What to wear for family photos? As a family photographer this is the question I get asked the most. It can be so stressful finding the perfect outfit for the family. Here are some simple tips to help you feel confident picking out those family outfits.
Throw out the idea that everyone needs to be in the same color and matching outfits. Color palettes are perfect for coordinating colors for family outfits. I suggest selecting a few neutral colors. Neutrals aren’t just greys, browns, blacks, or whites. They can also be mauve, rust and cream colors. This is where the color palette comes in handy and can make it easy to select colors from the same group. For example: if you select “mauve” as your focus color, head to pinterest and type in “mauve color palette” to see many coordinating colors.
Patterns can be fun but too much will be overwhelming. If you decide to incorporate patterns make sure it’s limited. Do not have everyone dressed in patterns. Make sure the pattern compliments what other family members are wearing.
It is important to pay attention to the location of the photo shoot. If you are being photographed among the trees with heavy greenery, then it would be best to avoid the color green. Or if you will be in a studio and the backdrop is white, don’t come dressed in all white.
These are photos you will have and look back on for years to come. Take the time to think about your outfit. You don’t want to look back on those photos in five or ten years and all you can see is the dress you hate. My biggest tip is to pick clothing that is simple, timeless, and really allows for your family to shine.
This is probably the most important tip I can give you; wear something you feel confident in. If you are feeling self conscious about your outfit then it will show in the photos. Wear something that makes you feel great. Confidence will radiate from you and make you love the photos even more.
-Lay out everyone’s outfit on the floor and see if it compliments one another
-Details matter. Pay attention to shoes and jewelry.
-Dress for the season! Last thing you need is your kids crying because they are cold.
-Variety is key. Don’t have everyone dressed in jeans.
-No text, logos or character clothing
-If you have little kids bring a backup outfit! Always good to be overly prepared.
-Long Skirts/ dresses look great in photos
I'm, Caitlin Miranda!
Atlanta, GA professional Maternity, Newborn and Family Photographer. Welcome to my blog where I share all about my little photography world; including tips , tricks and new sessions. Thank you for being here!