What to wear for family photo session

What to wear for family photo session


 As a photographer one of the biggest questions I get is what to wear for family photo session.

Here are some tips to ensure that your family’s photo session is gorgeous and your outfits and accessories are in harmony.

Choose several complimenting colours and stick to them. What are your family’s favourite colours? Don’t choose one colour for the whole family – multiple colours will add dimension to your images.

Pick one pattern and go from there. Avoid dressing  the whole family in patterns. A good idea is to choose one item, a dress for example, with a pattern containing the colours you love. Then choose colours from the item that you love for the other family members to wear.

Be comfortable. Make sure that everyone’s clothing fits properly and is weather appropriate. If you’re hot or cold during your photoshoot it’s less likely that  you’ll appear happy and relaxed in your photos. This is especially true for children. If you feel good in your clothes it shows!




Do: Wear layers! Layers add dimensions and depth to your images. If its hot outside layers with accessories – belts, necklaces, bracelets, etc. If it’s cool weather cardigans, vests, scarves, boots and hats are all great examples.

Do: Purchase clothes that fit your body. It can be tempting to buy kids clothing a size bigger so they have room to grow, but for photo session it’s not the best idea. Avoid looking sloppy by wearing well fitting garments.
Do: Start with one outfit and build the rest of the family clothing from there. It can be overwhelming trying to choose all the outfits at once.

Don’t: Wear neon colours. They don’t photograph well and cast colours onto the skin of those who are wearing them. No one wants a bright yellow face!
Don’t: Match! Matching is out, coordinating is in. Remember, it doesn’t have to match, it just has to go. Outfits should complement each other, not match each other.
Don’t: Choose colours that match the scenery. If you’re doing outdoor photos for example avoid wearing a lot of green as you’ll blend  in too much with the background. Of course pops of green here and there is fine!
Don’t: Wear solid black or solid white clothing. These colours don’t show dimension when photographed and make for dull, boring images. 

Don’t: Pick clothing with logos or distracting prints!




If you wondering what to wear for family photo session check out these shops. They have a large selection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothes in good quality and reasonable prices:





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