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What to Wear For Your Family Photo Session

What to Wear For Your Family Photo Session

Congratulations! You just booked you family photos! Now you are probably wondering, what to wear for your family photo session? You’re not alone. This is one of the most common questions that I get from people once they book their session. Your photos will reflect you and your wardrobe choices- and there are good and bad choices. Lucky for you, I’m going to share with you how to select to right clothing so that your family photos will turn out fantastic! Keep reading to guide you through choosing to best outfits.

Make Sure You Are Comfortable

The first thing I want to say right away, its to make sure you are comfortable. Don’t choose an outfit that you feel awkward in, is itchy or just doesn’t fit your personality. If you are uncomfortable it will show through in the photos. Make sure to try it on beforehand ( this goes for all family members!) to make sure that you feel good in what you are wearing.  You might even snap a quick phone picture and look back it it too see if you like what you see. Also, make sure that your clothing is clean and wrinkle free!

Complement Colors

This is a big one. Selecting color combinations that complement each other will be pleasing to the eye and make your photos look even better. ?The complementary colors are:

  • red and green
  • blue and orange
  • yellow and purple

Use one of these color combinations as a starting point when choosing what everyone will wear. You don’t have to be exact- shades within these color combinations will give you the best results.

Do NOT choose all solid colors or all of the same color, but rather use these as your color palate. One family member might wear a solid color, while another one might incorporate the color in stripes, plaids or another pattern. Below are three great examples of coordinating colors. See if you can pick out the color scheme in the three families below

Family Photography at Scorpion Gulch in Phoenix AZ near South MountainFamily photography at McDowell Sonoran Preserve in the desertHow to get a blurry background in your photos


Adding accessories can also make your photos really stand out. Once again- only if you are comfortable with the accessory. Add some jewelry or a hat. Flower crowns or even using loose flower bouquets photograph well- especially in maternity or child photos. On boys or men; bow ties, suspenders, handkerchiefs or watches make for cool accessories. If you have visible tattoos or piercings let me know so we can show those off too! With child sessions, adding food or toys in can make for really cool shots. Check out the jewelry, headband, bow ties, and flower crowns and more in these accessories shots! (and color complemented)

Maternity photgraphy at Coons Bluff Campground in Phoenix. Mom and son together

Sisiters photography at Papago Park in Phoenix near the zoo

Oldtown Scottsdale Cowboy western styled children's photography


Please don’t forget the shoes! They will show in some of your photos and if you are wearing old, dirty shoes, it won’t look good. Make sure they match with what you are wearing. High heels on women will make your legs look longer and you look taller. If you choose to wear open toes shoes, think about painting your toenails (just make sure the color compliments your outfit!) Check out the kicks on the youngest!

Downtown Phoenix Family Photographe

What NOT to Wear

There are a few things to avoid as much as you possibly can:

  • words or big logos across your clothing
  • wearing solid black or white
  • having everybody in identical outfits
  • white t- shirts and jeans
  • neon colors
  • dirty or wrinkled clothing

Hope this helps get you thinking about what to wear for you family photo?session! Please contact me if you have any questions!


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