What to Wear for Family Photos | And So I Don't Forget Photography

What to Wear for Family Photos

What should we wear?

It’s a question I’m often asked before a photo session and my FAQ section answers ”You want to be co-ordinated, but not matchy-matchy. Think neutrals and beautiful textures – linen, lace, denim, knits, silk – then add in some complimentary colour.” But what does that actually mean?

You want to look like you belong together, without wearing a uniform.

This could be achieved by wearing similar colour tones. Imagine those rich saturated jewel tones of burgundy, jade, mustard and navy, or how about a palette of soft gentle colours.

You can base your outfits on different shades of one colour, for example blues, mixed with neutrals. However, I’d look to adding in a few pops of something different to give it some spark.    

One of my favourite methods for creating a colour palette is starting with a pattern. If it’s from an item of clothing you would like to wear, great, but even your favourite bedspread or cushion would work. Pick out the colours in pattern, not forgetting the background colour, and use them as the basis of your outfits. For a coordinated look, you want to make sure at least some of the colours are repeated across more than one person.

I did some online shopping/browsing for a hypothetical family using this method and saved it to my Instagram Stories.

Big logos are best avoided.

Mum’s outfit can be a good place to start; something you feel comfortable and lovely wearing.

I’ve gathered a few photos on Pinterest for inspiration.

For some specific what to wear for photoshoot advice:

What to Wear if you are Plus Size

What to wear for a Family Photo Session if you are Plus Size

Where to find the perfect Plus Sized Dress

What to Wear for a Maternity Session

Mama Rentals has some gorgeous options for hire, from petite to plus size, and they offer a discount for my clients. 

And to finish off, I’m linking up to a Fiona, a UK photographer who is sharing a beautiful Kielder Waterside Wedding.

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  1. Jillian says:

    What great information when preparing for your portrait session!

  2. What great tips! I might have to steal. 🙂

  3. Love your what to wear posts, they are on point!

  4. Fiona Saxton says:

    What great advice. I’m sure clients will really appreciate this.