So you’ve booked a fall session, you’re excited and ready to get your family photos updated! But what the heck are you going to wear?! And what are you going to put on the rest of your family?! I know picking out outfits for your family photos can be overwhelming but here are a few tips to make it easier.
Each time I schedule my own family pictures my mind starts churning with what in the world we’ll wear. You would think since I’m constantly surrounded by family photography it would be simple. But really I have to sit down and think about it too. Where do you even start?! I always recommend starting with a three color palette first. If you have a large family you can start with four but I find three is usually a good variety. For fall, jewel tones photograph well, and I always love a good set of neutral colors. But you know your own families likes and dislikes as far as color goes. So choose a few options, run it by a friend or family member, and then you can get to shopping.
My most important tip is that mom’s outfit gets picked out first. As moms, we so frequently do for ourselves last that I think it’s incredibly important to choose your outfit before the rest of the families. Why? Because if you pick your outfit last your options won’t be as many and you’re more likely to settle. If you don’t love how you look in your outfit, chances are this will effect how you feel about your finished pictures. So trust me on this and pick your outfit first. Go into your closet pull out some pieces that are favorites. Note the colors or styles that make you choose them again and again. Then visit your favorite store or website and get to shopping. Give yourself time! Enlist dad, hire a babysitter, whatever you do try to go alone or with a trusted friend. If you can’t get out of the house alone start shopping early and order yourself some choices online. Choose outfits that accentuate your positives and colors that flatter your skin tone. If you’re like me, you can probably make a list a mile long about my features that I dislike. Women can be so critical of themselves, it can be a challenge to find your best attributes and show them off. But seriously take the time to find an outfit that makes you feel good and it will definitely reflect in your images.
This is a shot from my own maternity session early fall last year. It was still hot so we tried to dress appropriately and comfortably. This dress I was in love with and I felt like it was flattering with the belt and the nice little off the shoulder ruffle to hide the extra arm flab.
I love this momma’s romantic and flowy dress. It’s cinched in the right places to flatter her waist.
Next I always work with the kids outfits. Kids clothes are adorable and I can get lost for days online shopping for them. You can add in personality and fun pops of color in kid’s outfits easily! One thing that always photographs well are layers and textures. I love pulling these in through the kids outfits. You can easily throw in a fur or denim vest on girls or a sweater or suspenders on boys. I love to incorporate multiple colors in the color palette to one of the kid outfits. For girls you can look for a floral pattern or for boys you can usually find a multi colored plaid. One tip though is make sure the clothes are well fitting and your child is comfortable in them. My daughter is totally anti itchy clothes. So if it has tulle I know it’s a no go for her. If your child isn’t comfy, it usually will show on their face. And that’s not the memories we want captured! Have older kids that have lots of opinions about their clothes? Order them two or three options and let them pick from there. Gives them a little control and typically keeps them happy.
When it’s time to dress Dad look at what they’ll be comfortable in too. I always recommend a button up shirt and a decent pair of jeans or khakis. Sleeves can be rolled a few times if it’s still warm but button ups tend to photograph better than polo shirts. It’s important to lay out all the outfits together and see if they are blending well together. You’ll be able to easily see if you need more of one color or less of another. If you are a RCP client, once you get them all laid out snap a picture and send it to me. We can make sure you’re good to go!
- Use a variety of textures and layers
- Dress for the weather (if it’s still hot avoid the thick sweaters!)
- Plan ahead, if you wait till the last minute it will add more stress
- Dress all the way to the shoes, make sure they fit with rest of the outfits
- Look at your home decor where you want to display your photos and make sure your colors and outfits mesh
- Stay away from neon colors
- Don’t go too trendy
- Avoid character wear and large logos, stick with more classic outfits
- Don’t be afraid to use some bold colors and patterns
- Avoid all black or all white outfits
If you would like to look at some more options, check out my Pinterest Board for more ideas!
Haven’t booked your fall session yet? Contact Rachel today to get on the schedule!