Top 5 Tips: What to Wear for a Family Photoshoot

Downtown Houston family photoshoot with parents and twins

Top 5 Tips to help plan your family’s wardrobe

There are so many things to consider when you are planning your next family photoshoot.  Our job is to take away some of that stress by helping you every step of the way.  One of the topics we will discuss for your family photography session is wardrobe to help you decide what to wear for a family photoshoot.

When you invest  in a family portrait you know it’s something that will be hanging on your wall for years. It can feel overwhelming considering all of the possibilities of your family’s wardrobe. That’s when we come in to save the day!

Here are 5 simple things you can do to make sure you what to wear for a family photoshoot so you can focus on getting the best photos possible.

Family Photographer Pro Tip #1: Consider the Season and Location

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Your shoot location will be a major factor in choosing what to wear. If you’re on the beach consider lighter colors like blue, tan, and white. They match very well with the colors of the sand, sky, and clouds. Allow your clothes to be loose and flowing like a summer day.

If you’re shooting outdoors in a fall forest setting you should go with more earth tones like browns, reds, and other soft colors like pink or tan.  This is a good time for sweaters and scarves to accent your wardrobe.

As a Houston family photographer, we know that summer in Texas isn’t the most idea to shoot in.

Luckily, we are a family portraits studio with a beautiful air conditioned studio!

If you would like a studio family photo instead of one outdoors, we can discuss the different backdrop and wardrobe possibilities in a consultation prior to the photoshoot.

Family Photographer Pro Tip #2: Coordinate Colors

While matching outfits is popular for some, it’s more common to go with outfits that coordinate. If you or another family member has a specific dress or shirt they definitely want to wear you can build around that.

Look for color palettes that complement one another and make sure nothing clashes. You don’t want one person to stand out in the wrong way!

Family Photographer Pro Tip #3: Bring accessories

Sometimes accessories can distract in an image, but in family photos it allows you to show off individual personalities or give you another matching element to pull the photo together.

Don’t be afraid to have fun with your accessories!

A small accessory can be the splash of color the image needs without being too distracting.

Wearing a hat, tie, or scarf also gives your photographer something to utilize in the images to make them more dynamic and mixing up your poses even more.

family photographersFamily Photographer Pro Tip #4: Avoid busy patterns and large logos

Everyone has their favorite shirt, and the kids probably have one with a cartoon character on it! While we want to show off everyone’s personality, clothing with busy patterns, large logos, or characters is typically just distracting. Choose mostly solid colors and simple patterns.

We want to keep the focus on you and your family for your family photography session.

Family Photographer Pro Tip #5: Consider where you’ll hang the photos

You might not think of it right away, but where you hang your photo should be a consideration for your wardrobe! If the room is bright and vibrant then choose outfits that will complement that motif.  If you have a more neutral, modern aesthetic then consider something simpler that won’t throw off that look.

The number one thing is to show off your personality!

Remember, at the end of the day we’re capturing your family’s dynamic, and being prepared allows for fewer surprises on the day of the shoot. Setting your expectations ahead of time and being ready for the shoot will decrease your stress dramatically.

The most important thing to wear is always a smile!

In conclusion…

In this blog, we only went over 5 simple elements to help you dress for your next family photography session.

After years of experience in being a Houston family photographer, we can guide you and your family through choosing what to wear to look your best in all of your family portraits. We hope you enjoyed our tips for how to dress for your family photography session!

We are happy to answer any further questions you may have about what to wear for a family photoshoot. Feel free to email us or give us a call!

Book your family portrait today!

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