What to Wear to your Family Photo Session {Columbus Ohio Photography}

You want to have beautiful family photos  but you are anxious about getting them done. What if I make a stupid face? What if my kids are terrible? What will we all wear?! Well I will never use photos where you are in the middle of sneezing. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve to engage your children. And in this blog I will give you a guide on how to choose clothes for you and your family so you look your best and your photos look timeless.


  • First and foremost you should be comfortable. Your kids really should be comfortable or they won't be able to be their genuine selves. We are going to run, dance, and play during our photo shoot so make sure their clothing won't hinder them. It is certainly okay for your daughter to wear a dress as long as it is flowy and not constricting.
  • Choose 1-3 colors with similar tones that go nicely together. In the images above I made an attempt at taking a Holiday photo with my camera timer. The photo's leave much to be desired but we got the clothing right. We chose the muted tones of cream, grey, and denim. Then we added accent colors of red and light pink with our accessories.
  • Don't know where to start?  As Elena S Blair Photography (my hero) says "Mom's this is your time to shine!  Mom, go out and buy your outfit, or choose your outfit from your closet first.  Choose something you feel amazing in and build the families outfits around yours".
  • When choosing your colors look at your home decor. If you are planning on framing your photographs (which you absolutely should!) you clothes should go with the color scheme of your home. Or at least not clash with it.
  • Limit patterns in your clothing choices. One person with a patterned shirt is enough.  It can be too distracting otherwise. In our Holiday photos we have one pattern with my scarf.
  • Accessorize, Accessorize! Scarves, hats, jewelry, belts and layers you can interchange throughout the shoot are ways to give images in your shoot slightly different looks. Accessories also add texture to an image which really make it pop. In the above photos we (who are we kidding, I did it) interchanged my daughter's denim jacket for a knit hat to add variety to the two photos. The lace patterns in both my shirt and my daughter's add texture. Her knit hat also adds texture.
  • Please avoid characters on your children's clothing. Characters, logos, and neon colors are very distracting and take away from the focus, your child's adorable face.
  • If you are concerned about your weight here are some tips on how not to look bigger than you are:
    • Wear muted hues.  Add color around your face with a necklace or scarf.  
    • Wear similar tones for your bottom half and top half (both dark or both light).  
    • Cover the top half of your arms by wearing 3/4 length sleeves
  • Most importantly have fun planning for your photo session and don't try to be anything but your authentic selves
  • Check out my Pinterest board for family photo shoot outfit inspiration


  • http://www.extraordinarymommy.com/10-tips-for-what-to-wear-in-family-photos/
  • http://clickitupanotch.com/2013/10/what-to-wear-in-family-photos-5/
  • http://www.ericllanesphotography.com/outdoor-family-photo-sessions-what-to-wear/
  • http://www.elenasblairphotography.com/blog/2016/9/9/what-to-wear-to-your-family-photography-session-seattle-family-photographer