FAQ: What do we wear for our family portraits?


One of our most frequently asked questions is...

"What do we wear for our family session?!"

If you're planning your family session - you probably have asked yourself this a few times.

What colors should I wear? Should I avoid prints and patterns? Should we match? Do we buy something new or find something in our closet?

These are all questions that might be running through your head.

Today I'm going to dive a little deeper to share some advice, resources, and inspiration on outfit coordination!

Tip #1 - Consider your personal style

What are you comfortable in? What colors and styles are flattering on you? What is your overall aesthetic of our wardrobe & interior design?

Take into consideration that these images might be hanging up in your home. Maybe consider sticking to the same color scheme or adding a pop of color to brighten up our space.

Tip # 2 - Start with a color scheme or statement piece

Often the hardest part in choosing your outfits is finding a place to start. If you have a few children or if you're including more family members it might be trickier.

The two best ways to start are:

Choosing a color scheme (3-5 colors) and having family members pick out their own items to wear in hues of that color.

OR

Pick a statement piece for one family member and build everyone's wardrobe around it.

Tip #3 - Keep it comfortable & timeless

We want you to love these images for years to come. The first step into loving your images is feeling comfortable & confident, because that's going to show in your photos! So find something that makes you feel beautiful and something you can move comfortably in.

The second step is choosing pieces that are timeless. Not only do you want to look back and love the images 5 to 10 years from now, you also want the opportunity to wear the outfit again!

Style Board Inspiration

If you know me personally, you know I'm a type A and visual person.

When it came to planning my wedding I had more vision boards, slideshows, and spreadsheets than I can count.

Although some might make fun of me - this visual breakdown helps me plan better and see things cohesively.

I love using Adobe's InDesign but I also know that a lot of people don't have access to that or know how to use it. One of the easiest ways to make a mood board like the ones below is through Google Slides. If you have a gmail account - just go to your drive and create a new slide show!

My favorite feature is that you can link everything so that when it comes time to shop it's super easy.

Here's some style board inspiration for you.

Little Boy (shirt / pants / jacket) | Mom | Baby | Dad (shirt / shorts)

To simplify things, I found all of these pieces at H&M. I love the muted earthy tones and think these outfits would look great on the beach or in a field setting.

Baby Girl | Mom | Dad | Little Girl

All of these pieces can be found at Target. I love the pop of color, pattern, and texture of the Mom's dress.

Little Boy (Shirt / Pants) | Mom | Little Girl | Dad (Shirt / Pants)

You can find all these pieces at Old Navy. I love the darker tones while still keeping everything light and airy. The burnt orange and mustard yellow are versatile for both summer and fall sessions.

I hope you found some inspiration in this post to begin coordinating your outfits for your family photos.

If you haven't already, make sure to download our

Guide to Planning the Perfect Portrait Session.

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AMANDA & COLE LIBBY

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER

Maine, New England, & Beyond

weddings & portraits