What to Wear


What to Wear for Your Family Photo Session

What you wear is key for a successful session. Clothing complements who you are individually, or as a family, speaks to the environment in which the session is taking place, and coordinates with the home where final images will be displayed. Your style should be as unique as you are, so we’ve put together some clothing advice for a creative, comfortable session.

I encourage moms and teens to have their makeup done by our hair and make up artist. It’s important that everyone feels great about their look. Happy people make great photographs!

If it’s an indoor session, choose soft, warm, solid neutral colors. Outdoors, you can opt for bolder colors, earth tones or contrasting, such as big stripes paired with a solid color.

Textures, rich colors and lots of layers photograph fabulously! Accessories, such as hats and scarves, are also really fun and can bring out personality – as well as give many different looks to one session.

The goal is to create a cohesive look while being careful not to make anyone conform to a style that is not their own. As every mother knows, our kiddos have very different personalities! And we want them to shine! I suggest beginning with a color palette and then developing each style individually.

5 Things  to Consider:

1.  Do we look good not just individually but collectively as a family?

Lay out each outfit together on the floor or your bed. Does something stand out or not quite go with the rest? Change it out for something more harmonious.

2.  Does it fit mine and our family personality?

You are what you wear so a more traditional family may opt for a classic Ralph Lauren look while a playful family may choose bold colors and eclectic prints.

3.  Will the colors and style work well with our home decor?

After all, this is going to become your fabulous work of art!

4. Is the clothing style a good match for the location choice?

Formal wear in a barn might look incredible for a Senior but not as much for a Family Session.

5. What mood do you want your session to convey?

For an airy dreamy look, choose soft colors such as creams, pink, light blue, lavender, pale yellow, ect. 

For a more dramatic look, choose bold colors such as red, black, dark blue, purple, orange, ect.

  • Say no to matchy-match. Instead, choose a color family and build from it.

  • Logos and character shirts call attention away from the face and should be avoided.

  • Pinstripes or small dots generally do not photograph well.

  • Avoid accessories that are too big as they may overshadow your face.

  • Pure white typically does not photograph well. Instead, opt for creams and ivory color families.

  • Avoid a drastic change in hairstyle and getting a hair cut within a week of the session.

  • Mini skirts or short dresses and shorts are almost always a bad idea.