Choosing your outfits for family photos does not need to be stressful, it is however a very important part of planing your session.
The clothes that you wear will have a big impact on the final images.
things to consider when choosing what to wear include-
- Where you will display your images?
are you planing a large canvas for your living room? will the colours you are thinking of wearing compliment your decor colours?
- Where are you having your photos taken?
natural locations are more suited to less formal clothing, Dressier clothing is much more suited to an urban setting.
If there is a bit of walking involved think about how suitable your shoes are.
- What will the weather be like?
Your clothing really needs to suit the season and the weather, you dont want freezing children in pretty dresses or sweltering dads in that jacket you just love.
Some colours seem to suit different seasons better too! Autumn attracts a slightly darker colour pallet where as spring & summer suit lighter/brighter colours.
Matching is out, coordinating is in.
And anything goes!
We know your family is together. We’re photographing you as a unit! Wearing the same colored shirt, pants, shoes, etc. looks a bit awkward.
Coordinating colour is what really brings wardrobe together.
I usually choose two or three main colours of wardrobe, and maybe one accent pop of colour.
Also, mixing stripes with plaids and tweeds is okay just try to avoid BIG distracting prints and logos (especially on t shirts) and try not to have everyone in a pattern!
Expression is important. We want to see your personality through your wardrobe.
My pinterest board has lots of inspiration for colours and style.
Where to start?
Start with one outfit, I suggest starting with mum!
Choose an outfit you feel super comfy in and love the colours of, you can then build from there.
You can see in the image above I started with mums dress, I then pulled colours from the floral pattern for the other members of the family.
- Jeans are fine but try to avoid everyone wearing them! try to get a mix of clothing in there.
- Shorts on kids is fine but avoid them for adults if you can, same goes for short dresses/skirts. you will most likely sit for some photos and we dont want you to look half naked once you have kids on your lap!
- Maxi dresses are awesome! you can layer them for winter or keep it simple for summer and they suit almost everyone!
- try to make sure kids are comfortable in what you have chosen, an un comfy child will not be excited about having photos!
- Make sure everyone’s outfits fit well, clothing that is too big or small may stand out.
- dont forget to think about shoes! make sure they are comfortable and match the outfit theme.
- try not to go TOO trendy, this can really date your photos quickly.
the most important part of putting together your child’s wardrobe is allowing their personality to come through in what they’re wearing.
Whatever makes your child their own adorable, individual self, let’s focus on those things.
Yes, we all want our children to look adorable and fully polished for photos. I’m not recommending you don’t brush your daughter’s hair or forget wiping off the smudged food off your toddler’s face, but allow them to have a little bit of input when planning their wardrobe as well. Never say “no” to bringing their favorite things along, we can use them in a few pictures.
Accessorize & layer!
this is the key to making your outfits look finished and adds variety and dimension.
think jewelry, scarves, cardigans & jackets, belts, collard shirts under sweaters, leggings etc.
It is also a great chance to bring everyone’s personality into their outfit or add a feature colour.
We can also change things up a bit during the session by adding or taking away accessories.
Where to look?
You do not have to buy everyone all new outfits for photos!
Start by going through your own wardrobes, you might find you have everything you already need! or you might choose a few things and then purchase a few items to complete your look.
- Take photos of what you have chosen before you go shopping so its easier to match. If you have a pattern you are pulling colours from take it with you when you shop.
- Take a friend with you when you are shopping, they will be able to tell you honestly if you look awesome in your newly chosen outfit.
- you do not have to shop all in the one place but larger chain stores like Target & Kmart often have great ranges to compliment each other.
- there are lots of great online stores to shop from too, just remember to order with plenty of time before your session.
- once you have all of your outfits lay them out together on the floor with accessories & shoes and take a photo, does it all look like it works together? feel free to send your photo to me and ill help make suggestions.
get everything out a couple of days before your session is booked, check it is all there (single shoes seem to vanish in my house!).
Wash and iron everything well in advance to save you stressing the day of your photos. Ironing and pressing is important, you dont want fold seams and wrinkles in all your photos.
Clean shoes (we may see the bottom of shoes) and get all your accessories together.
this isn’t necessarily what to wear but it is just as important.
- If you are getting hair cuts before your photos try to do it at least a week before so you dont all have that just cut look.
- Clean and trim EVERYONE’S nails! if you wear polish put a fresh coat on, your hands will be in a lot of photos.
- it is a great opportunity to do something nice with your hair, if you can wear it out! soft curls are lovely too but go with what suits you. avoid pulling your hair back as we wont see the back of your head much and we want to frame your face.
- keep make up natural, define your eyes, soft blush and a little lipstick or gloss is great. too heavy and you wont look natural. you want to look like YOU.
- keep kids hair simple and come prepared to neaten up hair as needed. we want to make sure hair isn’t constantly in kids faces.
If you have any questions or need an opinion please dont hesitate to contact me, i want to help make the process leading up to your session as easy as possible.