{Columbus Lifestyle Family Photography} What to Wear to Your Family Portrait Session

You want to have beautiful family photos but are anxious about getting them done. What if I make a funny 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 I won't be able to capture them being their genuine selves. We are going to run, dance, and play during your 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. Go to my Pinterest board for lots of examples of color combinations.
  • Don't know where to start? I always advise Mom to start by choosing an outfit she feels beautiful and comfortable in. Then build the families outfits around hers. 
  • When choosing your colors look at your home decor. If you are planning on framing your photographs (which you absolutely should!) your choice of clothing 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 usually enough.  It can be too distracting otherwise. 
  • 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.
  • Avoid characters, logos, and neon colors. They are very distracting and take away from the focus, your child's adorable face.
  • Wear natural and organic fabrics.  Think tweed, cotton, leather, lace, wool, suede, linen, and silk.  They all wear and photograph beautifully giving your family photos an artistic edge. 

  • Newborn attire should be very simple without any logos.  I understand if you want one photo in a specially made onesie but logos and outfits with too much frill take the focus away from your new and perfect baby.  I recommend a simple and cute diaper such as from Bum Genius or The Honest Co. paired with a muslin or knitted blanket.  Or a simple white onesie with or without a pair of newborn harem pants.  My favorite place to shop for simple newborn clothing and blankets is at Spearmentlove.com.

  • Bare Feet! Yes, you heard me right :). Bare feet during an In-Home Session visually conveys that you are comfortable and laidback at home with the ones you love.  I also love bare feet whenever possible during an outdoor park session. It helps create family photos that are less formal and more genuine, joyful, and carefree.
  • Extra Tips: 
  1. If any of your kids are like my daughter they will have a say in what they wear and don't wear.  We don't want to force them to wear something they hate because then they will be uncomfortable during the photo session which won't make for good photos.  Give them 2-3 choices that you can live with and go with your color scheme.
  2. An easier way to keep the whole family wardrobe within the same color scheme is to shop for the whole family at the same store.  A brand like Gap will use the same color and similar patterns across their whole line. So they basically do the work for you. 


  • 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

After you book your session with me I not only give you a guide to help with assembling your wardrobe but give you lots of feedback.  Client's have even taken me along shopping with them before by texting me images of clothing items while out at the stores.  I do my best to make sure preparing for your session is easy and fun with little to no stress.

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