As we approach busy season for family photos here in Kansas City, I thought I’d do a quick post on what to wear to your photo session. All families are different and have different styles and personalities, so I never dictate exactly what to wear. However, I do give my clients some general guidelines in my Welcome Packet and show them examples of what I think photographs well.
Tips For What to Wear To Your Family Photo Session
- Give yourself some time to plan your outfits. Rushing never helped anyone, especially the mama of the family. Happy mama=happy family=great photos! Moms, start with your outfit first.
- Ask yourself, do we look good individually AND collectively?
- Choose colors and styles that will look good with your home decor.
- Take your family’s personality in to account.
- Look at the location you will be shooting and make your choices accordingly. (Formal wear by a barn? Maybe not.)
- Choose a color family vs. being completely matchy matchy.
- Steer clear of too much white, character shirts and shirts with a lot of wording.
- Usually mini skirts and short shorts are a bad idea.
- Women, consider 3/4 or long sleeves when possible, or light sweaters over tanks in the summer.
- Textures and layers are another way to add to your outfit. (Think scarves, jackets, sweaters)
The most important thing is that you and your family members feel great and are comfortable. Remember, I like to have fun with families, which means we get down on the ground and move around a lot with the kids. Check out this DWP family that followed all my photography style tips really well and show how you can pull outfits together and not have to completely match. I think the family below looks fabulous and this classic look settled on will stand the tests of time.
While I mentioned I don’t dictate exactly what to wear, I use these tips to guide my dwp families. Then, if they need visuals, I will point them to other sessions I have done or to Denise Williams Photography Pinterest boards for more ideas.
I hope these style tips help you with your next family photo session. Find more tips to FUN FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY on this page.