What to Wear for Family Pictures: 10 Outfit Do’s & Don’ts

ThinkstockPhotos 460518719 What to Wear for Family Pictures: 10 Outfit Dos & Donts

Family photo shoots can be quite exciting; they mark the passing of another year, and can help document the growth of your children. But when family photo time rolls around you will be facing a few important decisions. One being: what should everyone wear?

Some would argue that coordinating outfits is just as important as finding the right photographer, so don’t wait until the last minute! Just follow these tips and plan your outfits ahead of time for a smooth, drama-free photo day.

1. Don’t Match—Coordinate

While matching was definitely a “thing” in the past, it is (thankfully) no longer considered a best practice. We all have the requisite white t-shirt and blue jeans picture, but now there are more stylish options to consider. Pick a color scheme and then mix and match colors so that everyone is coordinated—but keep it at that.

2. Do Choose Comfortable Options

Especially with kids, it’s tempting to pile on cute jackets, tutus, boots, and hats. While these accessories can be adorable and fun for you, they’re not always the most comfortable for the child. And as we all know, an uncomfortable child can result in a miserable photo shoot.

Keep your environment in mind as well. A tutu may sound like a great idea, but if you use it on a windy November day, you may have a cold little girl. For these more adventurous outfits, just be sure to have a backup plan in mind.

3. Don’t Be Overly Seasonal

Since you want to have your pictures up all year long, resist the urge to be overly seasonal. This may mean skipping reindeer ears, Santa hats, costumes, and bunny ears—even when taking holiday pictures. Trust us, come Spring you will be glad you did.

4. Do Keep the Photo Location in Mind

When brainstorming outfit ideas, think about the location of your photo shoot. Are you going to be on the beach? In a garden? Near a barn? You can use the setting to guide your outfit choices. For example, softer colors are great for shoots near water, while deep, warm colors are best in rustic or foliage heavy environments.

5. Don’t Get Overwhelmed—Start With a Single Piece

If you’re not sure what color to use for your family photo outfits, try to find a single piece you love and build the rest of the outfits around it. For example, Mom could wear a green dress and then select complementary pieces for other family members. Blue for her daughter and husband, green for her son.

6. Do Consider Your Existing Home Decor

Yes, it may sound a bit silly to match your clothing to your home decor, but this tip is all about staying consistent with your personal style. After all, you want to display your pictures for a long period of time, right? Consider whether you are normally drawn to neutral colors, or to bolder tones. Even a small adjustment can help ensure your photographs blend in seamlessly with the rest of your home decor.

7. Don’t Overdo It With Patterns

Do you love a certain sweater or scarf? You know—the one with loud dots and stripes? There’s definitely a time and a place for such pieces, but your family portrait is probably not one of them. A little patterning and texture is okay, but too much can be a distraction.

8. Do Plan Ahead

We can’t emphasize this enough. To ensure you have plenty of time to assemble your best family picture outfits, plan in advance. Also, make sure that everyone tries on their outfit beforehand, so you’re not surprised by any forgotten stains or changes in fit. Having several options for each person may be beneficial as well—especially if you have an extremely opinionated five-year-old.

9. Don’t Feature Characters
You may have a little one who loves Frozen or Iron Man, but that does not mean characters have a place in your family photo shoot. To prevent a tantrum, bring along the crown or mask for a couple silly photos at the end.

10. Do Create a Timeless Photo

Styles and fashions come and go, but there are plenty of ways to create timeless family photos. The key is to avoid what’s trending and aim for a classic look, one that won’t automatically date your photos. This same principle applies to hairstyles and makeup—try to avoid anything too flashy.

Finding the right family photo outfits takes time, but the end product is well worth the extra effort. With just a few tips and tricks, you can create beautiful photos to pass down from generation to generation. Better yet, put them on canvas for a beautiful, high-quality finish.

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