Dressing for Success: 7 Tips for What to Wear in Your Family Photoshoot

Capturing beautiful and timeless family portraits requires more than just a picturesque location and a talented photographer—it also involves careful consideration of what you and your loved ones will wear. Your clothing choices can greatly impact the overall aesthetic and cohesiveness of the images. As a photographer dedicated to capturing the essence of families, I understand the importance of selecting outfits that complement each other while reflecting your unique personalities. In this blog post, I will share valuable tips to help you dress for success and create stunning visuals that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Complement Each Other, but Don’t Match
One of the key elements of a successful family photoshoot is achieving visual harmony among family members. While it’s important to coordinate colours and styles, avoid the urge to match everyone perfectly. Instead, aim for complementary colours and patterns that enhance each individual’s unique features and personality. This will add depth and interest to the overall composition of the photographs. Like this cute photoshoot in Quidi Vidi; everyone is wearing plaid, but it’s a different plaid and all of the colours compliment each other and the scenery.

Choose a Color Palette
Start by selecting a color palette that reflects the mood and style you want to convey in your photos. Consider the location and season, and opt for colors that harmonize with the surroundings. You can choose a few primary colors and incorporate them into everyone’s outfits in various ways, such as through accessories, layers, or patterns. See an example of both these tips in action in this cute photoshoot in Quidi Vidi; everyone is wearing plaid, but it’s a different plaid and all of the colours compliment each other and the scenery.

Consider the Setting
When selecting outfits, keep in mind the location of your photoshoot. If you’re capturing your family’s playful dynamics amidst the vibrant streets of a city like St. John’s, opt for attire that complements the urban atmosphere. For a beach session in Paradise, choose light and breezy outfits that harmonize with the natural tones of the sand and sea. By aligning your outfits with the surroundings, you create a cohesive and visually pleasing narrative.

Prioritize Comfort
While style is essential, it’s equally important to ensure everyone is comfortable in their chosen attire. Avoid outfits with itchy tags or fabrics that might bother young children. Opt for clothing that allows free movement, particularly if you have little ones who love to run and play. Remember, genuine expressions and interactions are more easily captured when everyone feels at ease. See an example in the photo below from Torbay, Newfoundland in Autumn, everyone is layered with jackets for warmth and comfort, as well as complementing each other.

Add Texture and Layers
Incorporating texture and layers can add depth and visual interest to your family’s outfits. Consider including elements such as chunky knits, cozy scarves, or denim jackets. These additions not only add a stylish touch but also provide opportunities for dynamic compositions within the photographs.

Avoid Logos and Busy Patterns
To maintain a timeless and cohesive look, steer clear of large logos or busy patterns that can distract from the main focus—your family. Opt for simpler and more timeless patterns like stripes or small-scale prints that won’t overpower the images or clash with other family members’ outfits.

Pay Attention to Footwear
When it comes to shoes, prioritize comfort, especially for little ones. Avoid new or uncomfortable shoes that might lead to discomfort or complaints during the photoshoot. Opt for footwear that complements the overall style and matches the selected outfits, ensuring that everyone can move freely and confidently.

When it comes to a family photoshoot, choosing the right outfits plays a crucial role in creating visually stunning and cohesive images. By following these tips, including complementing each other without matching and prioritizing comfort, you’ll be well on your way to dressing for success. Remember, the most important aspect is to showcase the genuine love, connection, and joy that make your family unique. So, let your personalities shine through your clothing choices, and together, we’ll capture beautiful memories that will be treasured for years to come.

Contact me today to book your family photoshoot, and let’s create timeless portraits that reflect the love and joy within your family.

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