9 tips on What to Wear for Family Portraits

1) Coordinate, Don’t Match
I know. It used to be a thing – everyone would wear the exact same outfit: think jeans and a white t-shirt. Don’t do it now. Choose a colour scheme – mix and match colours so that everyone flows and coordinates.

2) Start with one Piece and Build on it.
When I don’t know what colours I want to choose for a photo shoot, I choose one piece and build around it and look for inspiration. Pinterest in full of them and I have created a Pinerest Board to help you out.

3) Give Yourself Enough Time to Prepare
These memories will grace your walls for years to come and pass down to your children. Planning ahead. Freshen up the kids hair cuts and dont forget yourself. The last thing I want is for mom to regret not having her roots done. Giving your self plenty of time will allow you to feel calm and look your best for your session.

4) Keep Location in Mind
Sometimes you can choose what you are wearing to accent the location of the session. Fall colours – deep reds, oranges and greens look lovely this time of year, while a softer palette would suit the lakeshore. I’m always happy to assist you in planning both.

 5) Consider your Home Decor
Matching your clothing to your home décor? I know it may sound silly, but this is more about matching your personal style. As you will likely want your pictures to be on display for a very long time, consider if you are normally drawn to bold colours or neutral ones. This will allow your photographs to blend seamlessly with your home permanently.

 6) Skip the Patterns
Stripes, pokadots and floral prints are not your friends ladies!! They can be adorable on your children but lets just skip the loud patterns. A little bit of texture or patterning can be a good thing in one place, but when there are too many patterns, or when siblings are in the same patterned shirt, it can be distracting.

7) Just Say “No” to Characters and Logo’s
I shouldn’t even have to write this tip!

8) Think Timeless
You want your family photos to be timeless, so it is best to aim for more of a classic look, not one that instantly dates you.

9) Remember to have fun!


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