Family Friday : Tips for Choosing Outfits for Family Photos


Every fall season I offer a limited amount of lifestyle family sessions and although they can be lots of fun, some of families get pretty nervous about having photos taken and if I’m honest, some seriously dread it! Not only do you have to coordinate busy schedules and work around nap time, but getting everyone to look great and cooperate 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!  You’re welcome 😉




  1. 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! Nobody wants to wear something they don’t like.

  1. 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.

  2. Choose a color palette. 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 those colors compliment your outfit. This will look put together, but doesn’t give the impression that you tried too hard! 😉

  3. 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!

  4. 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. Boots, Converse, booties, pretty sandals, wedges, are all nice choices!


I only offer a limited amount of family sessions throughout the year, so if you are looking to book a family session with me this year, hit me up HERE and let’s chat soon!

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