What to wear for your family shoot? Some tips on what to dress you and yours in for your shoot.

What to wear for your family shoot? Some tips on what to dress you and yours in for your shoot.

> What to wear?

Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t need to be. Use these tips to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family.

> What to wear in family photos?

Coordinating colours not matching. Long gone are the days of everyone white! Instead, pick a couple of colours and choose clothes that will fit in this colour scheme together.

> Look at your chosen location, time of year and home decor.

I always find looking at stores online collections good for inspiration and what matches well for each season.

> Do you like bright colours? Neutrals?

Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colours of your clothes go with the colour scheme of your home.

*Don’t forget accessories. *

Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos and also add a little texture and feeling to your images. Scarfs, hats, necklaces are all good!

* Limit patterns. *

Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colours in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns which can be distracting and clash.

*Look for clothing collections*.

When shopping for clothes for my kids, I head to stores that typically have colour coordinating collections. I can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. I know their clothes will coordinate. But also remember it's just a shoot do not spend a fortune on clothing the family just keep clothing simple. If you are going to purchase items make sure there purposeful and will be comfortable for your outdoor or studio shoot as well as using again afterwards.

*Plan ahead.

Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, needing a wash etc. Be organised so on the day of the shoot you arrived chilled out and ready to enjoy not too stressed out.

*Say no to Thomas and Buzz*

My boys love character tops as much as anyone else but really avoid these or any logged or clothes with writing in the front. These are really distracting in images and draw your eye to them rather than to your faces.

*Textures are awesome.*

Plain, simple clothes are key but add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more feel to the image. Chunky knits and furs are fab for this.

*Consider your background.*

If your having newborn photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. I remember an image where they were all wearing black in front of a black backdrop. This can look like floating heads holding a baby. Go neutral with pale pastel colours or deep depth colours like brown, burnt orange and berry.

*Think classic.*

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.