Here is a quick step-by-step guide to our top tips and best advice as you choose your outfits!
1. CHOOSE THE LOCATION.
Before you even consider what outfits you want to wear, talk to your photographer about location options and what you most prefer. Will you have a casual beach session or will you be dressed up in the city? Your location actually matters a lot as you choose your outfits. Consider the vibe you are going for as you select your location and outfits.
2. START WITH MUM’S OUTFIT.
It can be hard to know where to begin, but think of it as building blocks. Start with one outfit and then you can build upon that. My recommendation is to start with mum (or daughter), since women’s clothing tends to have more colours and prints. And let’s be honest, we are more picky about how we look, and moms are typically pulling the outfits together anyways.
My best advice is for you to wear a dress in your favorite color. Not only are dresses flattering, but you will feel good in it. If you hate dresses, think about a skirt/top combo, but choose something that is slightly dresser than your everyday look. Opt for high quality fabrics (not t-shirt material) because they hang better.
3. CHOOSE A COLOUR PALETTE.
After you’ve chosen mum’s outfit, think about 2-3 coordinating colours, some neutral and one of which pops and brings life to the outfits. I’ve created a Pinterest board with family photo outfit ideas! Go check it out!
Also, the colour palette you choose will affect your appearance and the overall look of your photo. Warmer colors like peach, cream, brown, will give your photos a soft glowing look, while bold and vivid colors will produce a brighter and sharper appearance. In general, muted or nature based colours look great in photos. Bright, bold colours stand out and distract the photo. Coordinate, don't match - please don't put everyone in jeans and a white shirt!
4. ADD VARIETY WITH SUBTLE PATTERNS.
To add depth and interest to your photos, create dimension by having primarily solids with a few coordinating subtle patterns and textures. Patterns are great in small doses and add a lot of your photo. Avoid bold, large prints that can distract from the photo though. You want your family photos to be about you and not merely your outfits.
5. COORDINATE WITH YOUR INTERIOR STYLE.
How you decorate your home says a lot about you and your style. Consider coordinating your outfits to your home décor, as you will likely display your photos on your walls. For example, if your house is decorated in white muted tones, don’t wear bright and bold outfits.
6. INCLUDE YOUR KIDS.
Involve your children in planning and choosing outfits. They will be much more excited about family photos if they like what they’re wearing. This doesn’t mean that you should let your daughter wear her favorite princess dress you could incorporate their favorite colour. Please don’t make them wear something they hate. You want your kiddos happy for your session!
7. DON’T WAIT TO TRY ON YOUR CLOTHES UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE.
Try on your clothes well in advance so you can switch it up if something isn’t working. Look at your outfit from different angles and move around to make sure it works for lifestyle photos. There’s nothing worse than a gorgeous v-neck dress that keeps gaping wide-open to show your bra as you cuddle and tickle your kiddos.
- I always find clients are so much more comfortable if they're wearing clothes they feel confident and comfortable in, don't test out those new super high jeans, go for something you've worn before and you know you feel good in.
- Go for loose, flowy , natural fabrics like linen, cottons etc that will move with you.
- Neutral, earthy colors such as beige, grey, white, black, denim, rust, mustard, blush, blue all look beautiful in the locations I generally shoot at
- Avoid large prints, patterns and any large graphics or logos
- Avoid being too matchy, matchy - Ideally your outfits will compliment each other but not blend into each other