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  • Writer's pictureJulie Stoecker

Tips on what to wear for your family photos



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When it comes to family portraits, one of the most common questions I get is, “What should we wear?” It’s a tricky decision! Since these photos will last a lifetime, you want to make sure your entire family looks as good as possible. But at the same time, you also want them to look like themselves — not wearing stuffy clothes that make them feel uncomfortable. I always recommend wearing clothing that makes you feel and look your best, which can be different for every person. Here are a few other wardrobe suggestions that photograph beautifully.


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WEAR COORDINATING (NOT MATCHING) OUTFITS

Make sure your outfits coordinate well with one another. Stick to a color palette of one or two colors. Matching outfits can look a little dated — coordinated outfits look harmonious and pretty. To make sure all of your outfits go well together, try laying out everyone’s photoshoot outfits together the day before.


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LET YOUR KIDS HAVE A SAY

Ask your children what they’d like to wear. Asking their opinions will help to make sure they feel comfortable and involved. (Just make sure they know their picks are subject to your final approval — otherwise, you might have a little Spiderman in your family portraits!)


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DRESS WEATHER APPROPRIATE

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you dress accordingly. Choose colors that are appropriate for the season. And if it’ll be chilly during your photoshoot, be sure to bundle up a bit!


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A few don’ts:

While what you decide to wear is ultimately up to you and your family, there are a few things that tend not to photograph well.


  • Patterns: one or two family members wearing a pattern is okay, but too many patterns tend to clash and draw too much attention.

  • White: wearing white tends to wash people out.

  • Large logos: graphic tees tend to distract from the most important part of the photo — your beautiful faces!

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