What To Wear For A Family Photo Shoot featured

It’s finally time to schedule your long-awaited family photo shoot! You know when you will have your photoshoot, you have figured out where you will have it and you’ve booked with your chosen photographer!

This only leaves one big question to answer – “What To Wear For A Family Photo Shoot?”

Surprisingly one of the things families tell me they worry about most is what they will wear on the day. What “theme” they are looking for on the shoot, getting everyone to agree on the clothes to wear can also cause a headache at times for families!

So I thought it would be helpful to put this guide together about some of the most common questions and worries families have when it comes to what to wear to their family photo session. (along with my most common answers to my families!)

What are the best colours to wear for family pictures?

When it comes to colours for your family photo sessions the colours you want to wear can depend on a variety of different things, including what season it is, what the photoshoot it’s for and of course choosing colours everyone in the family likes (that can often be the tricky part)

Wherever possible my advice is to try to avoid patterns and logos – they can be distracting in photos. Instead, opt for solid colours that will complement each other.

Check out some of my previous family shoots here to see some colour options.

Some colours that coordinate well together are:

  • Brown and Maroon
  • Navy, Tan, Cream
  • Black and White
  • Red, Grey, and Black
  • Light Pink and white
  • Teale and light grey
  • Grey and White
  • Light Blue, Tan, and White
  • Navy blue, white and yellow
  • Tan and White
  • Orange and Teal
  • Light Blue, White, and tan
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Coordinate Your Clothes

When it comes to your family photographs you want everyone to look like they belong together, but you don’t want everyone to look like they’re wearing the same thing. Therefore it’s best to coordinate your clothes but don’t wear identical outfits.

Have each person pick out an outfit in a similar colour scheme and then add their own personal touch with accessories or a pop of colour.

I can understand the temptation to make sure looks like they are matching but the more subtle approach is best.

Choosing your colour scheme can help you make sure that you are well-coordinated for the session.

Dress For The Location

What you wear to your family photoshoot, will also be dependent on where you are having it!

For example, if you’re shooting outdoors, consider fabrics and natural colours that will blend in with your surroundings. Relaxed and natural outfits for outdoor shoots are often the best choice.

Jeans, t-shirts and jumpers prove a very popular option, especially in autumn and winter.

You will also have to think about making sure you are warm enough if the shoot is outside in the autumn or winter and of course be prepared for rain (don’t worry most photographers will have a contingency plan for bad weather).

If you’re shooting indoors, you can be a little more adventurous with your clothing choices, it’s also easier to wear a few different outfit options if you shoot is indoors.

What Style Do You Want For Your Family Photoshoot?

Think about the overall feel you want for your photos. Do you want them to be formal or casual? Elegant or fun?

Once you’ve decided on the style of your images it makes it much easier to choose clothing and accessories that will fit that aesthetic.

Some photographers will help you plan the style of your shoot, I know I am happy to do this for clients if they would me too in order to help them get the best shoot possible

Make Sure You Are Comfortable With Clothes For Family Shoot

This is probably the most important tip I have, yet it’s one that can often get lost along the way!

When it comes to your family photo session you want to make sure everyone is comfortable in their clothes. If someone is uncomfortable, it will show in the photos.

Have everyone try on their outfits ahead of time and make sure they’re good to go before the big day.

Be flexible so that if someone really isn’t happy with their clothes for the photoshoot then look for an alternative or a compromise.

The better everyone feels about themselves on the day the more everyone will enjoy the experience and that will show in the end results!

I hope you have found these tips on “what to wear for a family photo shoot” helpful, feel free to pop any questions you may have in the comment box below or if you are in or around the Warwickshire area and would like to chat about booking your own family photoshoot with me then please just get in touch

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