The most frequently asked question I receive upon booking family photo sessions is: “What to wear for family photos?” As both a mom and a photographer, I understand this challenge first hand. I have put together this guided blog post to help answer just that!
The goal here is to take the stress out of planning for your session, so that you are able to enjoy the time with your family, and receive beautiful photos that you will absolutely love!
My hope is that this styling guide will provide you with some tips for what to wear for family photos (or what-not-to-wear), offer you visual inspiration for your family’s outfits this summer, or, provide you with clickable links to take the thinking and shopping off of your plate. See more below 🙂
Earthy neutrals are the chameleon of color palettes. They flatter with most skin tones, work well within any season or amongst any background, and display beautifully no matter which room or decor in your home. When in doubt, choose an earth tone neutral that you love and build your family’s wardrobe around it.
Red, white, and blue feels like classic American summer, doesn’t it? Something about this color palette feels colorful, fun, and classic all at the same time! In these outfits I imagine golden sunsets, meadows, kids eating ice cream cones or watermelons, a picnic blanket, and catching fireflies. It just “feels like summer”. I’ve created both a soft and a bold red, white, and blue palette below!
There is nothing like classic white and linen for summer. It’s clean, relaxed, and chic all at the same time. It feels like brunch on a boat, or a Sunday stroll through the city.
This color palette is lively and fun. It gives you a timeless blue with pop of pink. These outfits also pull together a healthy mix of patterns and textures!
I couldn’t put together a summer styling guide without including one that feels like summer in Greece. If you are traveling to Greece this summer, this one may be for you! If you are planning your photos in DC, the monuments would be a perfect backdrop for this look. However, we can also bring Greece to the DMV and photograph an evening by the water with twinkle lights or lanterns nearby, sun-kissed skin and a glass of wine with your loved ones, while the kids run free as the sun sets.
Summer is bittersweet. We only get 17 (maybe 18?) summers with our kids while they are all young and together at home in the summer. As both a business owner and a mom, I understand first hand how challenging it can be to simply hit “pause” on work, daily obligations, and activities.
However, what if those 18 years with 17 summers go by faster than we think and we only have iPhone captures to show for it? It’s so hard to remember the sweet days of eating watermelon on the porch, the laughter as they run free in the sunshine and grass, or pick up seashells along the shore with pure innocent excitement.
Together with my husband, we have been intentionally slowing down for such moments of joyful childhood moments, enjoying summer reading with book lights before bed, and taking more fun day trips. We’ve even been trying to squeeze in more date nights. As a visual artist, I find so much inspiration within moments of daily life, watching my husband with our kids, and seeing the world through their eyes.
I am excited to offer the same for your family this summer: simple and adventure-filled photo fun through summer mini sessions.
Alexis El Massih is a wedding and portrait photographer, serving Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, and destinations beyond.