What to Wear to Your Family Photo Session - Jen Zav Photography

What to Wear to Your Family Photo Session

So you've committed to having family photos done, have a beautiful location selected and your session booked. And now you're wondering...what the heck is everyone going to wear?? How to select outfits for the whole family is something that can feel a bit overwhelming and is one of the most frequently asked questions I get. Fear not my friends. I'm here to offer you my top 6 tips to help you style your crew.

1. LET THE CLOTHES REFLECT WHO YOU ARE

First and foremost stay true to your style and who you are in real life. Remember that you don't need to dress in any particular style just because the internet says so. That doesn't necessarily mean wearing your everyday clothes. You can take your outfits up a notch while remaining true and showing your personality. When you look back at the pictures I want you to be reminded of happy moments with your family. Not, "ugh why did I wear those heels, they were so uncomfortable" when you literally never otherwise wear heels. Same for your littles. If, say, your girl thinks that dresses are the actual worst, don't put her in one for the sake of trying to look picture perfect.


Don't wear the puffy shirt if it's just not you...

2. START WITH THE HARDEST CUSTOMER

Planning an outfit for just one person is much more manageable than trying to get everyone all at once. If there's one family member who tends to have fewer clothing options then start there and plan the rest around that.


3. CHOOSE YOUR COLOR SCHEME

Keep it simple with just 2 or 3 colors that compliment each other. You don't need everyone's outfits to match exactly, just go for a cohesive look. Some of my favorite color combos for fall:

For more visual inspiration head on over to my Pinterest


4. LAYERS + ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Take your outfits up a notch by adding in some details. Scarves, belts, earrings, headbands, blazers, cardigans and the like are great ways to show some personality and add some accent colors.

5. TRY IT ALL ON AHEAD OF TIME

Make sure that everyone is comfortable and feels good about what they're wearing! This is especially important for the kids. You don't want to throw on a new sweater 30 minutes before go-time only to find out that it's too scratchy/tight/fluffy (or whatever) and risk entering melt-down city.


6. NO THANKS, ELSA

And now, a few things to avoid. Your kids may have character-themed clothing and shoes a-plenty but I'd suggest skipping those on picture day to keep the focus on the family, and not on our animated friends. Similarly, text or big logos can be distracting. Think classic and timeless.

And of course if you want to bounce your ideas off me, I'm happy to help! Click below to send me a note!


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