Family Photo Shoot
Updated: Feb 18
This time of year is very popular for gathering the family together for professional photos. Everyone wants that perfect holiday card or gifts for the grandparents. We generally only get professional photos taken once a year, so I always want to make sure we look fabulous! I try to keep our clothing classic so that in 5 years I don’t look back and cringe at our fashion choices. (hello 80’s bangs) The way I start to style our family ensemble is to choose one really great statement piece.
Generally, because I’m the only female in our little family, (and because I’m the one making the selections) I find a statement piece for me and then coordinate the guys around me. This year, I chose a floor length dress with colors I knew would compliment our photo shoot location (a park in peak autumn) Bonus points for scoring this dress on clearance at #Target! Working off the dress’s color palette, I chose an olive green shirt for my husband and a beige henley for my son. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! The busy floral design in my dress worked well with the simplistic plaid design in my husband’s shirt.
To even us out, I chose solid colors for my son so there weren’t 3 prints fighting with one another. I pulled the green from my dress and my husband’s shirt to my son’s pants, and we were instantly cohesive without being matchy matchy. Adding layers to my look and my son’s gave a soft cozy fall look while also keeping us warmer on a 40 degree morning!
Do you have a family photo shoot coming up? Here are some of my tips to ensure everyone looks their best:
· Try to find a color palette that compliments everyone
· Keep patterns simple and classic or just choose one or 2 articles of clothing with a bold pattern depending on the size of your group.
· Mix up everyone’s colors – everyone in the same color shirt and pants can look flat and boring.
· Be mindful of the season and your surroundings. Soft colors work well for photos at the beach. Jewel tones look lovely in the fall or even in the snow.
· Choose what makes you happy and makes you feel confident. Photo shoots should be fun and relaxed!
· And most importantly, talk with your photographer ahead of time about the look you’re going for and if you want specific poses.
What are some go-to tips you use when dressing a group for a photo? Show me your ideas and shots!
Photo Credit - Hannah Jorich