Tips for Styling a Family Photo Session
Are you looking for ideas on what to wear in a family photo session? Knowing what to wear in for family pictures can be daunting. It’s easy to get caught up in finding the “perfect outfits” for everyone. My advice is to wear what makes you feel great. This will keep you relaxed - and it really shows in the photos. Where to start? Here are some tips for creating the ideal family picture wardrobe:
Lead with the Location
The location and time of year set the stage for the overall look and feel of the family photos. A big meadow or park can create the perfect setting for a vintage or bo-ho feel, while the beach calls for something light and colorful. A fall family photo session can be inspired by falling leaves, while rich jewel tones do well in a winter session.
Mom, you need to feel comfortable, confident and beautiful. Do you prefer pants or dresses? Casual or formal? What are your favorite colors? Let’s get you set, and then go from there.
Add Variety and Color (but not too much)
Once mom’s colors are chosen, the rest of the family goes from there. It’s best to mix types of clothing to avoid a “matchy matchy” feel. For example, have one child wear long sleeves and shorts, and the other wear short sleeves and pants. Have a mix of collared shirts and polos. Dresses and skirts. You get the idea.
Layers and Accessories will Pull Everything Together
Hats, Scarves, An oxford shirt left open over a t-shirt, a denim jacket over a lace top. These details will pull everything together.
Keep Little Ones in a Separate Color
Little ones are often being held for photos. Dress them in a color that complements mom and dad. This way they will stand out.
Shine your shoes or clean your feet
Shoes are often overlooked. Heels can flatter legs, enhance posture and create a long line. Keep everyone’s footwear in good condition. Kids look good in ballet flats, Mary Janes, sneakers, loafers or topsiders. If you choose to go barefoot, have clean feet and nails.
Lay Everything Out
Lay out mom’s outfit. Then add in the rest of the family’s wardrobe. This technique provides an excellent visual display. Take a picture and send it to your photographer for feedback. He/she can help you work through the process so that you create the perfect wardrobe for family photos.
MJ Falvey is a San Diego lifestyle family photographer who documents stories of love and connection. She specializes in in active, vibrant, and joyful photos of newborns, children and adults. You can reach her at https://www.maryjofalvey.com