What to wear for your family photo session

It’s fall again and have decided to revisit a topic that I blogged about last fall (click here to check out Styling your holiday photos).   For most portrait photographers, this is the most popular season for family portrait sessions.  With the beautiful fall colours and cooler weather, this is the perfect time to have family photos taken and printed for Christmas gift giving and holidays cards.  One of the biggest sources of stress for families (and usually, specifically for mom!) in the weeks before the shoot continues to be how to dress the family – what looks best, what colours to select, are patterns okay, etc.   Here are some factors to consider…

– go for coordinating colours, textures, patterns instead of matching to make your photos more interesting (but don’t go crazy with too many competing patterns!)

– avoid large distracting logos

– layer clothes and add accessories for interest and flexibility – you can remove pieces to create different looks

– when in doubt, bring an extra outfit along – just in case!

– dress everyone for the same season, and in clothes that are appropriate for the location

– consider where the photos will hang in your home, and try to select colours that will look good on the wall in that room

If you still can’t decide on outfits, have a look at Pinterest.  It is a great source for examples of family photos, and many photographers have boards dedicated to how to dress for your photo session.  I have created a pin board called What to Wear- click here to check it out!  Below I have posted a few examples from my Pinterest board of family styles that I love…


One last thing to remember…

“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” ― Anna Wintour

Have fun!


About anitawoo

A photographer & mom with a passion for capturing life's moments with my camera.
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