Here are some tips to help you decide what to wear for your family photos.

Wear Clothes that make you feel Confident!

Make sure that everyone is comfortable and that they like what they are wearing. There is nothing worse than hating your pictures, for years to come, because you hate what you are wearing!  

Don't do anything different.

Picture day is not the day to try a new hair style or drastically change your look. Do your hair and make-up the same as you always do and make sure it's how you feel the most comfortable. 

Wear coordinating colors - not matching.

Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching khaki pants. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme. Search Pinterest for lots of color ideas.

Look at your home decor.

Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Do you want them to coordinate or do you want them to jump out at you? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the colors of your home.

Here is my Pinterest board of color combinations if you need help picking out colors that coordinate:  WHAT TO WEAR - COLOR COMBINATIONS

Don't forget accessories, layers and textures.

Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind. Layers add dimension and personality to your photos. Textures, just like layers are your friend. Add scarves, hats, belts, and boots to add a little more to the image. 

Limit patterns.

I like to pick one or two patterns and then pull out the coordinating colors of those patterns for everyone else to wear. Don't forget to use accessories to add patterns also.

Plan ahead.

Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may want to try clothes on your kids because what used to fit, might be too small now. You might also want to try on any new clothes on your children, and make sure they are willing to wear it. There is nothing worse than a screaming toddler {or middle schooler} because they refuse to wear what you planned for the photos.  {I speak from experience!}

Say no to characters or graphics.

Yes, they love their Star Wars shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting. And No, dad can not wear his Death Metal Concert t-shirt. (unless that's the look you're going for!}

Avoid all white or all black clothing.

If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.

Consider your background.

If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. If your standing in front of a field of green trees, you might not want to all wear green clothes. If you are going to a beach, you probably don't want to wear your formal black tie attire. {although that is really cute too!} 

Think classic.

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.

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