LWH Portraits Family Style Guide: Quick Tips to Avoid Outfit Coordination Stress

It’s that time of year again…

Fall Family Pictures !!!

Time to update the yearly family photo for the holiday card but what to wear for your photography session?

You already made the important decision on hiring the best photographer for your family’s needs… now, relax mom.

Here’s a quick style guide with helpful tips so you can decrease your worry and show up dressed to impress to your family photo session.

From your on the-go toddler, pessimistic tweenager, reluctant hubby, or even the tiniest of clients your infant or newborn, everyone will be happy, comfortable, & beautiful.

Take the stress out of fall family picture outfit coordination with this quick tips styling guide!

Take the stress out of fall family picture outfit coordination with this quick tips styling guide!

Remember these helpful tips:

  • Coordinate & compliment, not match. Begin with a basic color palette of three colors. Choose one family member to carry the pattern that you can pull off for everyone else outfits (it’s usually easiest to find your centerpiece with the girls/ladies clothing). You can pick neutrals with a few pops of color or you can choose the same “color” and rock a range of different shades of that same color! Check out a few examples of different color families in the image above.
  • Details matter, boys.  Believe it or not, shoes can make or break a photograph and I often have clients barefoot as a quick fix. Guys, flip-flops or athletic shoes undo all the amazing work done to coordinate your outfits; so please choose a closed-toe shoe. And ladies, heels do elongate those beautiful legs but bring some flats in case there’s some walking during our photo session. Lastly, don’t date your family photos with distracting logos, graphics, characters- but instead choose timeless patterns and solids that create a more finished, polished look.
  • Add layers of interest. Accessorizing is your friend in small doses. Lace, linen, denim, leather jackets, cardigans, hats, bows, jewelry, sweaters, vests, layered undershirts, all add texture, pops of color, and interest while not competing with the simple beauty of your family. If you have a newborn, infant, or baby be sure to bring at least one extra set of clothes as spit up, blowouts, accidents, and even dirt happens lol.
  • Be comfortable. Make sure clothes are well-fitting, not scratchy, tags on, or even full of wrinkles as the kids will be happiest resulting in a relaxed session and very natural expressive photos! Also parents and children are most comfortable with themselves a week or two AFTER a haircut, not the day of or before nightmare. A hot or cold kiddo is also not a happy kiddo so be sure to dress accordingly with the season.

Still not feeling so assured? Please message me photos of your potential outfits and I’ll give you my best advice on what I know photographs best together and in your photoshoot location.

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