Every fall season I offer on-location lifestyle family sessions and although they can be lots of fun, some of my families get pretty nervous and if I’m honest, sometimes they seriously dread it! Not only do you have to coordinate schedules and work around nap time, but getting everyone to look great for the photos can also be a challenge! First of all, I commend you for understanding the importance of family photos and scheduling them even if it makes you a little scared! Second, I’m going to give you a few tips today on how to get everyone looking great for your family portraits, without making yourself go crazy or spending countless hours on Pinterest!
Don’t be too matchy-matchy. It’s best to let everyone’s style and personalities shine during your family session. The last thing you want is to look like you’re in school uniforms for family photos. Let the kids wear styles they like and if you make them part of the styling process, especially teens, and you’ll get a much better response when getting photos done!
Pick your outfit first. I’m talking to you mom! Wear something you feel confident and beautiful wearing. Pick a style or outfit that flatters you and don’t overthink it. Don’t worry if it’s not something that’s trending this season. Classic never goes out of style.
Stick to a color scheme. Once you have your outfit, the rest of the family’s outfits can revolve around you. For example, if you’ll be wearing a floral dress, then you can build the color scheme around those floral colors and have everyone else’s colors compliment you. This will look put together, but doesn’t give the impression that you tried too hard! 😉
Layers and Accessories. Think scarves, bow ties, cardigans, jackets, statement necklaces, headbands, hair bows, even a cute brooch! These things add dimension and give your photos texture and warmth. These finishing touches help it all come together nicely and it just looks more fun!
Don’t forget about the shoes! Often overlooked, shoes can make or break a photo. I recommend staying away from anything too casual, like flip flops, light up character sneakers, or dirty shoes/sneakers. Stick to shoes that are one color, are clean, and classic. Boots, Converse, booties, Toms, pretty sandals, wedges, are all nice choices!
Most importantly, have fun! I totally understand how stressful getting everyone ready for family photos can be, but just know that it’s totally worth it! Once you’re at your session, relax and let the photographer do their job! It may be hard to do, but just know that an experienced family photographer knows what their doing and they usually have a few tricks up their sleeves to get the kiddos to cooperate too!
As a lifestyle photographer, my goal is to capture your family having fun, while looking your best. I love to create candid moments that include movement, but I’ll also capture some modern relaxed and poses for you! I only offer family portraits once a year (with a few exceptions) and this year’s availability is very limited. So, if you’re thinking of getting family photos done before the end of the year, don’t hesitate! I promise, I’ll be with you for the entire process to ensure you look & feel your best!
Email me at for the details and let’s get your family photos updated!