family of four standing together with long beach grass

How To Choose The Perfect Outfits For Family Photos

Family Photo Outfits

I get asked for advice on what to wear for family photos a lot. It’s challenging for most people to coordinate clothing and come up with ideas to make everyone happy. Just knowing where to begin can be difficult. In this post, I’ll cover the basics and hopefully be able to give you a head start on planning your own family photo outfits.

Formal or Causal

I like to recommend somewhere in between formal and causal. The location of your photos is a great place to start. If you’re having your photos done at a winery, you might want to dress up a bit more than if your photos are at the beach.

family of four sitting in the sand in front of Morro Rock
family of five posing together in the sand with Morro Rock behind them

Start With Mom

I’ve found that the easiest thing to do is to start with Mom. Choose a long, flowy dress that makes you feel beautiful. Or select dark jeans and the prettiest sweater you ever did see. Basically, choose something that you love and that makes you feel like a million dollars.

Once you have that outfit chosen, you’ll use that to set the tone for the remaining outfits. If you have a cream colored dress with dark blue flowers, choose khakis and a blue shirt for your son, a blue dress for your daughter and jeans with an off-white shirt for your husband.

Colors and Patterns

Seasonal Colors

The season can help determine your color palette. Fall colors tend to be much darker while Spring colors are lighter. Keep your family’s color palette the same…don’t mix fall colors with Spring ones.

Patterns To Avoid

Avoid printed T-shirts with logos or anything else. It’s also a good idea to avoid stripes or very small patterns as these can cause distortion in the image. The camera and lens can have a difficult time interpreting the pattern and may misread it, causing an undesirable look.

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