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What to Wear for Family Photos

What to wear for family photos, outfit inspiration for family photos | by Hillary Muelleck

After scheduling your family photos, the next question you ask is “What am I going to wear???”

When deciding what to wear for family photos, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Always try and coordinate rather than match. Gone are the days of matching white polos and khaki pants. Clothing is a chance to let your personality shine, rather then cover it up with blah clothing. Coordinating outfits usually involves some complementary colors, fabrics, and overall aesthetic. Think about a mix of patterned and solid clothing to create interest in photos, and be mindful to balance both.

Women often make the mistake of finding their outfit last, resulting in not feeling their best because they compromised their look to coordinate with the others. What you wear is the MOST IMPORTANT! So pick yours first, then coordinate the others second. Long flowy dresses are always flattering because they look good on any body type. If dresses really aren’t your style, another is a cute top with pants or a skirt. Stay true to yourself and wear whatever you know you look and FEEL amazing in! For fabrics and colors, I love seeing women in large patterns or pops of color. If you want to go with a more timeless look, stick to neutrals or muted tones.

Kids can be the easiest to dress! As long as they are comfortable and can move around, they are happy. Don’t be afraid to be bold with colors and patterns on them! For babies and toddlers with diapers, put them in pants or shorts. For girls you can put little bloomers or shorts under their dresses. Rompers are also really cute on kids!

Men are like kids, in the sense that they can dress up or dress down in photos and look awesome either way! For dressier outfits, nice slacks/jeans and a solid t-shirt, or a button-up and a sports jacket are a couple great options.

Accessories can really make men and women stand out in their photos. For men, pair your outfit with a nice watch, belt, or leather shoes to give it that extra touch. For women, use jewelry, or hats to give a unique look.

What to stay away from:

  • Stay away from clothing with logos. They can be distracting and pull focus.
  • Also stay away from wearing all black or super baggy items. You may think it hides all your bodies imperfections, but it actually makes it hard to see your figure.

Click to check out my pinterest board for inspiration on what to wear for family photos!

I thought it would be fun to show you example of what to wear for family photos from past sessions I’ve photographed to give you a starting point when planning your own outfits!

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