What to Wear to Your Family Photography Session | San Diego Family Photographer

Updated: Oct 16, 2020

If you have invested in custom, lifestyle photography you are likely very excited to plan out your session. You want to be sure that the session runs smoothly, from location selection (see my post here) to preparing your kids ahead of time (read post here). But what about wardrobe? Outfit selection can be the most fun thing of the planning process or the most stressful. To help you look and feel your best, here are some tips for planning your outfits.

I. MOM’s Rule!

Mom, this is your time to shine. You have invested your time and dollars into this photo session, and you need to look like your gorgeous, true, authentic self. Choose your outfit first, and make it something makes you feel wonderful. Go and buy yourself something new if you need to. Plan your outfit first, and then plan the family around yours.

II. Be Yourself

Lifestyle photography is meant to capture your family lifestyle. If you are a jeans and boots kind of gal, wear that. If your family is sporty, dress sporty. If you are romantic and earthy, dress romantic and earthy. If your children hate wearing dresses or button down shirts, don’t force them. It is important that you dress your best in your own style.

III. Avoid the “Matchy Matchy”

Outfits should coordinate, not match. You want a diversity in colors and patterns. Choose colors that compliment each other. Don’t wear jeans and white polos! Check out my pinterest page for some great wardrobe planning ideas. Create a pinterest board of your own to help you choose the colors and patterns you love.

IV. Please, no Fluorescent Colors or Bold Graphics

If your child wears a neon green athletic shirt, his or her facc will pick up the color and they will look like a bright neon green crayon. 😆 Avoid bold graphics as they compete with the face and tend to become dated very quickly.

V. Shoes and Accessories are important

Think about how your shoes and accessories will coordinate with your clothing. These items can add pops of color and create unity in the overall wardrobe look and feel.

VII. If Your Daughter is Wearing a Dress or Skirt, Don't Forget the Bloomers / Shorts

When wearing a skirt or dress, add a pair of bloomers or have them wear a pair of mini-shorts underneath. Beautiful photos can be ruined by undergarments and diapers peeking out of dresses.

VIII. Ask for Help

Ask your photographer for help! They do this all the time and have a good eye for what will work and what won’t work.