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Family Photoshoot: What do we wear?!

How to dress your family in beautiful earth tones for your next outdoor family photoshoot?

Let's dive into helpful tips when trying to dress your family for your next outdoor family photo session. I know its hard, and I'm here to help!

I know the default when you are planning your outfits for family photos and it's we all have to match. I am here to tell you that is wrong! If you take nothing else from this blog post please take this, your colors and outfits should try to COMPLIMENT each other not MATCH. Let's say it again... compliment not match. Okay now that we got that down I want you to know that planning outfits is hard. Especially when you are investing money in timeless memories, it's hard and that's why you hire a professional. I photograph hundreds of families every year and have been doing this for years. I know what works and what doesn't, especially for my editing style. I also have a family of five that I dress up for photos multiple times a year. I also want to quickly add before we get into the nitty gritty, when you are styling your family, you in NO MEANS need to shop new for everyone's outfits. Go through your closets and pull pieces you think will work. My bets are you have a lot and only will want to buy a few pieces for people. Thrift shopping, borrow from a friend, use my client closet. Those are all options to have the dreamy photos you want and no spend more on clothes! Anyway, I am not calling myself a fashion expert but I am saying I know what works when it comes to family photos.

Now, let's get to the good stuff!

Tip #1 - Earth Tones

This one is important. Earthy jewel tones work best for my photography style and really make your photos pop. They look stunning and compliment outdoor photography, especially here in the Foothills Area. You would be surprised how much the colors of your wardrobe play into the final product but they do. The colors you choose cast tones onto your skin, into the light and so on. They also effect the overall colors of the image because YOU ARE THE FOCUS of the photos. With that being said, if you don't like the color blue, don't pick outfits or a location that has a lot of blue, or when you go to frame your prints and hang them in your house, that will be what you are drawn to. Below is an example of the colors I love to shoot.

*Thank you Pinterest for having the most beautiful graphics like the one above*

Tip #2 - Dress Mom First

This might seem like a weird tip but here me out. No matter what your makeup looks like it is ALWAYS the hardest to dress Mom. Usually Mom puts everyone else first, is critical of herself and rushes at the last moment and just "throws something on" for herself and I am here to say that can not be how it is! Moms take the time for yourself!

I love seeing mom in a maxi dress. Maxi dresses are flowy, comfortable and cute. Mom can move around, play with her babies and not worry about wardrobe malfunctions. It also gives Mom an excuse to dress up and feel pretty! So pick your outfit first and coordinate everyone else around it.

Also I am adding if you don't feel comfortable in a dress that is OKAY! Wear something that you can move in, that you feel comfortable in and something that you love.

"I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also reassure them, give them confidence." – Yves Saint Laurent

Tip #3 - Include Textures + Layers

Give me all the texture! A linen swaddle, a waffle shirt on a baby, a knit cardigan on your little toddler. Texture adds dimension to your images and adds emotion and feelings. I know it sounds crazy but it works.

Tip #4 - Accessorize

This one may seem obvious but adding a cute bow to your daughters hair, or remembering to have your wedding ring on can make your photos so much more personable. I love detail shots and for you to be wearing the bracelet your grandma gave you while you hold your babies hand just gives sentimental value for you. Keep them simple, but personal.

While we are on the topic, shoes. They are kind of an accessory right. Make sure your shoes match the aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Cowboy boots, flats, moccasins, it doesn't really matter as long as they suit your outfits.

Tip #5 - Be comfortable!

Be yourself. Sometimes your daughter just HAS to wear a pink dress and you might not want her to (I may or may not be speaking from experience on this one). I promise it will be okay. Compliment her pink dress with a cream shirt on your husband. Wear blush shoes yourself and don't stress. If everyone is comfortable and happy in what they are wearing, the photos will show that!

Let your kids help shop for their outfits, give them two options that you love so they feel like you are giving them a choice. If you are a relaxed family and want to wear ripped jeans and band tees lets do it, and pick a location that will showcase your style.

Let's make your photos YOU!

Dressing your family should be stress free!

I hope those tips helped you, and if you need more help, reach out to your photographer (hopefully that's me)! I have a style guide I send out and help you plan your outfits. So head on back to the contact me session and lets get your family photos done this year and remember my most important tip... compliment, don't match! Happy Styling!

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