Tips On Clothing To Wear For Family Photo Sessions

My tips on what to
wear for your family
photo session

Anthea Van Wyk, Founder & Photographer, Calendar Events Photography

25 September 2019

Do you ever look at another family’s photos and love the colours they chose?

It is such a daunting task for us mommas.  We love to have those beautiful family photos updated at least once a year, because those babies…they grow so dang fast!  I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest parts of family photos (aside from uncooperative toddlers), is deciding what everyone is going to wear.

Tips on what to wear for family photo sessions

Here are my tips on how to choose your outfits…

TIP 1- START WITH ONE KEY PIECE

It could be an outfit that you absolutely love seeing your baby in, or maybe it’s your go to dress that gives you major confidence.  Use your favourite piece, and build everyone else’s outfit around that. 

TIP 2- KEEP IT SIMPLE

Don’t overuse patterns. If one family member is in plaid, put everyone else in coordinating or complementing solids. Use neutrals like denim, white, or khaki to tie in the look.

TIP 3- CONSIDER THE LOCATION & SEASON

TIP 4- MINIMIZE ACCESSORIES

Too much jewelry can distract from the look of the photo. A simple necklace for mom, or a sweet bow for baby work great, but just keep it minimal. The focus should be on your beautiful family. 

TIP 5- DON’T STRESS. (YEAH, RIGHT)

Family photos are always stressful, especially with young kids. Is my son going to be happy? Will my daughter fall asleep in the car on the way, and hate the world when we try to wake her up? It’s always anyone’s guess!

Every time you take family photos, you worry if you will get any good ones. Is anyone even looking at the camera?!? But, in the end always pleasantly surprised! In fact, many of my favourites are the candid ones, where we are just loving on each other. 

Hopefully these tips will help you next time you need to put together outfits for your Christmas card or spring photos.  I know the first thing I do is hit up Pinterest for inspiration and tips!  Most of the time I just go to our closets to see what I can come up with first.  This saves money, and time!   

Thank you for reading my hopefully helpful tips!  Here’s wishing you lots of good luck, and super happy toddlers, on your next family photo shoot.

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