Family photo sessions are exciting, and produce beautiful family images that last forever. However, these sessions can also be tough to prepare for. Many of my clients look forward to these sessions around the holidays, but panic when the thought of 'What are we going to wear?' comes up. The decision about what your family will wear in your family photos is important, and preparation on what to wear for this photo session can make or break your photos. If you're unsure about how to dress your family for your holiday photos, or any other photos throughout the year, you're reading the right post. I’ve gathered information for you that will assist with your wardrobe attire decisions for your family photo session. In this post you will find:
A list of colors that compliment each other;
A list of clothing stores that you can patron to find your photo session’s wardrobe (if you don’t already have them in your closet);
Do’s and Don’ts; and
A few Pinterest found photos of families that went all out for their photo sessions. These photos show these families in colors that complement each other, and they will give you ideas of what to look for when putting your wardrobe together. You'll also see a few photos taken by yours truly... because I have the best clients ever!
I always say, great photo sessions don’t just happen - they are planned! The holidays are quickly approaching! If you've booked, or are planning to book your family's holiday photo session here are a few tips on how to prepare for what to wear!
Red or Burgundy, Green or Olive, Blue, Orange
Yellow, Green or Olive, Blue
White, Brown or Tan, Red or Burgundy
Yellow, Black, White
Red, Black, White
Red, Green, Denim, Plaid
Denim, Green or Olive, Brown, Tan, or Orange
Denim, White, Red
Purple or Magenta, Yellow
Purple or Magenta, Orange, Brown or Tan
Old Navy (Entire Family)
Zara (Entire Family)
JC Penny(Entire Family)
Target (Entire Family)
Children’s Place (Kids)
H&M (Entire Family)
Macy’s (Entire Family)
Nordstrom Rack (Entire Family)
New York & Company (Mom)
Eloquii (Mom *Plus)
Lane Bryant (Mom *Plus)
Asos (Mom *Plus)
Ralph Lauren (Dad and kids)
Ambercrombie & Fitch (Dad)
Men’s Wearhouse (Dad)
Big and Tall (Dad)
DO'S AND DON'TS
Don’t dress everyone in the same outfit. You do not want the main attraction of your photos to only be what everyone is wearing. You want your photos to focus on you and your lovely family.
Wear comfortable clothing. If you aren’t comfortable in what you’re wearing it will show in your photos. This does not mean that you can’t dress up. You can definitely dress up your family’s style; just make sure that everyone is comfortable in what they are wearing.
Layers are your friend during fall and winter months. During the colder seasons, sweaters, blazers, scarfs, and hats photograph very well…. They also keep you warm for outdoor sessions.
Ladies get your hair and make-up done. (Bring translucent powder and lipstick for touch-ups; and a comb and brush for loose hairs.)
Men get your hair cut and shave.
Make sure the kids are groomed. (Chapstick or Vaseline is a good idea to have on hand.)
Bring extra clothes for the kids… just in case.
Bring extra clothes for mom and dad… just in case. (Especially for in-door shoots.)
Relax and act normal! The best thing to wear is a smile, and to be yourself. Everyone can tell when you’re faking a smile in your photos. Lol! So try to relax and act as normal as possible. As your photographer, I have a few tricks that will help with that.)