What to Wear on a Family Photo Shoot?

This is one of the questions we get asked the most when families call to schedule their photo sessions… The hard part is, there’s no right answer!  There are so many ways to go about dressing your kids (and yourselves) for your family photos– a lot of it depends on your style and preference.  One thing to keep in mind is what you want to do with the finished product… Do you plan on hanging a 20×24 canvas family portrait in a room that is primarily decorated with pastels?  If so, then you may want to avoid bolds that would clash.

There’s the “matching” approach… a classic and safe bet for good looking photos.  Tell everyone to wear jeans and a black shirt, or khakis and white shirts.  You know that your photos will look great!

If the matching-game isn’t your style, then there are options for you too!  Dress everyone different, but coordinated… since you don’t want your kids to clash with one another, I often suggest choosing colors that would come out of the same box of crayons.  Stick with a color-scheme.  Pastels, earth tones, bolds… Or, set a color and let the individuals express themselves… Wear shades of blue, white or black.

A great resource for family photo clothing that coordinates but isn’t blatelty “matching,” check out Hanna Andersson!  This Swedish company has clothes and accessories for the kids and family that look GREAT in photos!  So many times when I’m impressed with how a family is dressed, or a cute hat a kid’s wearing for Christmas photos… sure enough… they’re from Hanna Andersson.

Here is an example of a recent photo shoot where the three kids were perfectly coordinated with clothes from this line.

It’s always a good idea to look at what other people have worn for their photos to get an idea of what you like and don’t like… Look through the pages of this blog, or the galleries inside the main website for more ideas!

Can’t wait to see what you put together…



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