August 29, 2023
As a Baltimore family photographer, the most frequently asked question I get is “what should we wear for family photos?” I know the prospect of choosing outfits for your family photo session can be daunting. Believe it or not, photographers are regular people and I’ve totally been there. But my goal is make your photo experience as stress free as possible, including picking your outfits. I’ll share with you my best tips to help you decide what to wear for family photos!
Start with you. That might feel strange since we usually put ourselves last but start with you this time. Pick something you love that makes you feel beautiful. I always recommend a flowy dress (or skirt/shirt combo) for mamas because this silhouette always photographs beautifully, and adds movement and femininity to your images.
There are two ways to approach colors for family photos. As photographer with a slightly more bold and colorful style, I usually recommend earth tones or jewel tones. They photograph beautifully! If you’re unsure of which colors to go for, I have two ideas. You could opt for complimentary colors – think of a deep blue paired with a rich mustard yellow. Gorgeous! Another option would be to stick with shades of one color family and pepper in neutrals. Chambray, camel, tan, light grey, cream, and ivory are all beautiful neutral options.
Note: if our location is primarily green, I’d steer clear of green – you want your family to pop against the scenery.
Texture is a super fun way to add dimension, interest, and personality to your images. Depending on the location and style of our session, a chunky knit sweater, some velvet, tweed, or linen can all be fun additions to your wardrobes.
Note: I strongly discourage stretchy jersey knits that are common in women’s dresses. This material is comfy, yes, but she is not your friend. She will find your bra strap and cling to it. She will give you VPL. She will make problems where there really aren’t any. Just say no to jersey knit.
Consider adding layers if it makes sense. This adds depth and visual interest to your outits. There are so many ways this can be done – sweaters, cardigans or kimonos over dresses, sweet little knee high socks, ties and vests.
Pick clothes that fit well. Clothes that are too small are uncomfortable and clothes that are too big don’t always photograph the best.
Dress head to toe. Don’t forget about your feet. Converse, dress shoes, Mary Janes, simple sandals, or even barefoot are great choices!
Make sure everyone tries everything on before picture day! About two weeks before picture day, have everyone test out their outfits to make sure it all fits and looks great. You don’t want a growth spurt to surprise you on family photo day!
The bottom line is that styling your family for family photo day deserves some consideration, but it doesn’t have to be stressful! Pick clothes that fit well and you feel good in, pick a pretty color palette, a textured piece or two, and you’ll be good to go! If you need help with this element, I’m always happy to offer feedback!
If you’re ready to start your Baltimore family photo journey, get in touch!