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Outfit Ideas



There are many aspects to keep in mind when deciding what to wear for your family photos. Coordinating outfits for family photos doesn’t need to be difficult. You can never go wrong with selecting a few focal colors and textured clothing items, as well as considering the season. Focus on accomplishing a cohesive look and dressing in outfits that will allow your photos to take on a timeless feel.  Of course, the most important part of your family portrait is to document the love that your family shares. I am here to help you with the rest. These family photo outfit ideas below will allow you get a one-of-a-kind portrait that has a close-knit family feel.

Outfit Ideas


Allow your family to be the captivating focal point of your shots during any season with these family photo outfit do’s and don’ts. Consider these coordinating outfit ideas when choosing family photo outfit ideas:

Outfit Ideas
Outfit Ideas

Plan your outfits in advance. The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be. Plus, it never hurts to have options especially when you’re dressing your kids.

Choose coordinating colors, not matching. Knowing what colors to wear for family photos can be tricky. Start off with colors that coordinate well. You can accomplish a cohesive look without every family member wearing the exact same outfit. In fact, that can seem overly-matching. By selecting a color scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural look across the board. Pick two main colors and then add softer tones to accent and complete your color scheme.

Consider your home décor. You’ll want to consider your home décor style when picking out what to wear in family photos. Since a few of these photos will most likely be hanging in your home and on display for a long time, make sure that the clothing you select blends in seamlessly with the color scheme of your home.

Keep location in mind. Another helpful item to consider when trying to decide what to wear in your family photos is the location of your photoshoot. Are you going to be on the beach where there are plenty of neutral tones or under a tree surrounded by bright fall foliage? Select a color palette for your outfits that will complement the setting. Pick out items of clothing in colors that will complement your background and not compete with it.

Use the season to help select color schemes for your outfits. Each season is associated with different colors, weather, and landscapes which will be an important item to consider when picking out what everyone will be wearing.

Choose practical clothing items. This is an important item to keep in mind for every family member but, especially when you are thinking about what to dress your little ones in. If your kids are not comfortable then you’re going to be in for a long photoshoot. Don’t make it more difficult on yourself or your photographer to get the perfect shot. Make sure that everyone is comfortable with their clothing to ensure all smiles.

Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos. Accessories are great style pieces that add to your individual outfits and can even tie family members’ outfits together. For example, if Dad is wearing a red and black plaid coat then adding a plaid hat to your daughter’s outfit will tie the pattern in for a more cohesive feel. Accessories will also give your photos variation. Think scarves, hats, gloves, and belts.

Select an outfit that is appropriate year-round. One of the more popular times for families to take their portraits seems to be around the holidays (when the kids are home from school and everyone is in the same place). The holidays may seem like the perfect excuse to bring out the Santa hats and incorporate props into your family portraits. However, you’ll want these photos to be displayed all year round. Try to avoid purely seasonal accessories and items.

Limit distracting patterns and large logos. Including articles of clothing with multiple patterns or large logos can become a distraction. Strong prints and abstract patterns can overpower your photo. Avoid items that clash and stick to one pattern or textural element for your portrait session.

Lay each family member’s outfit together while planning. This way you’ll have a good idea about how the pieces will look next to each other. This will allow you a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. Plus, this way, you can make sure that you’re not missing any essential clothing items.

Select outfits that will make for a timeless portrait. If all else fails, when you look in your closet to find the perfect family portrait outfits think about staying classic. You’ll want your photos to be timeless. Styles come and go but, your photos are forever.

Have fun playing stylist and let your family’s personality shine.

Outfit Ideas
Outfit Ideas

My favorite color combos​

White and light blue

White and soft pink

White and tan

White and light grey

White and soft green

White, soft pink, and tan

White, light blue, and tan

White, soft pink, and soft blue

Outfit Ideas


Outfit Ideas

Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera! Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photo. I recommend the following Amazon stores for some inspiration.

Zattcas - gorgeous selection of summer dresses

Myzeroing - beautiful selection of maternity dresses

Azokoe - lace maxi dresses

Bdcoco - casual dresses

My new favorite store for ladies is BALTIC BORN. They have a huge selection of dresses in all colors and sizes. 

Outfit Ideas
Outfit Ideas


T-shirts, polo shirts, and clothing with large logos or writing. I recommend wearing button up short sleeve shirts instead.

Avoid wearing dark colors. My editing style is more suitable for neutral and pastel colors.

Shoes! Plan on being barefoot as shoes in the sand aren't practical and look a little odd. In fact, please don't bring nice sandals to the beach! Sand is pretty good at getting everywhere.

Outfits that show a bra strap or any under garments.

Hoodies.- or baggy clothes.

Short dresses – these can sometimes make it difficult for you to be comfortable while walking, sitting, and playing. If you are unsure if it is a good length, do a test run to see if you can sit down and walk without having to adjust it.

Remove bright nail polish and stick with more neutral colors so they are not distracting in the photos. If your nail polish is chipped and worn down, it is better to remove all nail polish instead of keeping it on.

Avoid wearing glossy makeup; the shine catches the flash and spoil the results.

Avoid wearing eyeglasses if possible. 

Avoid wearing dark eyeliner; it makes your eyes appear small.

Avoid wearing hats or baseball caps.

Avoid wearing sport watches. It's best to replace them with a simple classic watch or a bracelet.

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