What to Wear for a Family Photo Shoot

You’ve selected a photographer, set a date, and now one big question remains…WHAT TO WEAR!?

Clients ask me this all the time so I thought I would put a post together with suggestions on what to wear during a  family photo shoot.  This is by no means the end all be all guide, but rather a few tricks and tips that I have found translate into really great looking images.

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Don’t wearing matching clothes. 

Some people like this look where everyone is in the same shirt and khaki pants. And in some instances this may work. But most of the time it can make the photo look dated and flat.  Instead…

Pick a color palette to work with.

Select two or three colors that you love. I normally start with one patterned clothing item that has a nice color palette to work with.  Then I select clothing items for everyone else in that palette. Not everyone has to wear every color. Mom can wear a shirt that has one of the colors while dad wears a jacket with two of the colors. A color palette is just a great way to have a clear vision of the look you are going for.

Don’t wear all white.

Again there are times when this works, but typically I suggest not wearing all white. Color brings so much life and dimension to the photos.  Also wearing all white can sometimes wash people out.

Mix it up.

Put brother in a fun pattern. Let sister wear solids. Have dad wear layers of both pattern and solid prints. The mixture of both helps the images to look stylish. Layering clothes and using a variety of texture and fabric is another way to make the outfits look great.

Accessories are awesome.

Scarfs, hats, and jewelry are great ways to add to an outfit and give your images more visual interest.

Be comfortable.

It shows in your photos when your husband is wearing an outfit that makes him feel awkward. It is important to wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, that you feel like yourself in. Yes you want everyone to look good, to look stylish. But most importantly you want images that scream, “YEP! That’s my family.”

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I know styling your family can seem overwhelming, but I promise if I can do it you can do it! I used the same tips from above when selecting the outfits for my family photo shoot this year. I started out with my sweater and began adding pieces from there. The colors I chose where yellow, grey, and cream with black as an accent color.  Once I had everyone’s outfits I then selected a location that complimented our clothes.  But you don’t have to worry about that. That is your photographers job!

Need some ideas on what to wear? I have created a board on PINTEREST dedicated to this topic.

Click here to for some inspiration on what to wear for your family photo shoot.  (http://pinterest NULL.com/reneebooe/outfit-ideas-for-shoots/) 

I hope this helps you when styling your family for a photo shoot. Remember to have fun with it!

And a big thanks to our friend Ben for snapping the photos above for me. You did a great job.

[Photo credit: Shots taken by Ben Johnson and edited by Renee Booe]
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