What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

Moms and Dads are always looking for help with what to wear in family photos. We turned to our community of Professional Photographers for their tried and true tips! Here’s what they had to say:

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 “Feel comfortable, stay away from bright solid colors, sprinkle in small patterns and/or layers and there is no need to match.”   nicolemartinphotography


“Style Mom first. Wear what you feel amazing in, something you normally would wear just taken up a notch or two. Make sure everyone is comfortable in what they’re wearing!” kyliepondphoto

 

What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

image by Marisa McDonald PhotographyOutdoor Family Photography Session

“Mom’s forever putting everyone else first so I suggest Mom pick out her outfit first.” carolynnollphotog

 

“Start with the moms outfit that she feels GREAT in. Pull two colors from that outfit. Then go shopping in your family’s closet. I start with shirts or dresses (depending on gender) that have one or more of the two colors in moms outfit and then lay it all out on floor or bed. Add textures such as sweaters, hairbows, necklaces. Aim for three main colors.  Lots of people go shopping for the outfits, but I get overwhelmed and end up buying new outfits for everyone that don’t coordinate. So I shop at home first and the make a list of what else I need to make it work.” ritter.shannon 

 

What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

image by Sweet Moments by Candi |  Lakeside Family Photo Session

“Go for classic… not trendy. Something that withstands time and looks great for years to come! Solid colors, classic cuts. Add in the accessories as pieces to coordinate color pops! Comfort is key. You can still dress up but if you aren’t comfortable, you’ll remember that in your pictures and most likely not like them when you see them.” jljonesphotography

Bonus tip: Think about the setting for your photo session and the over feel you are going for and
pull color and style inspiration from there. Here are some great examples to inspire you:

What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

image by Christy Golder Photography | Family Session in the Mountains

What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

image by Linsey Middleton Photography | Family Portrait Session

What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

image by Amy Odom Photography | Seasonal Family Photos

What to Wear in Family Photos: Top 5 Tips from Professional Photographers

image by Sabrina Louise PhotographyHot Cocoa Styled Family Session

Do you have some “What to Wear” tips of your own? Leave a comment below! 

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