I am a wife, mom, avid baker, and I am passionate about Greek hospitality. As a visual artist, I specialize in fine art wedding and family photography in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. Together we will create timeless, romantic images that tell the joyful story of your marriage and your family as it continues to grow.
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 🙂
THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF WHAT TO WEAR
If you are feeling at a loss for where to start with choosing what to wear for family photos, start with one person and go from there. Usually I find it easiest to start with mom, but it can be anyone! Choose what you want to wear and build the rest of the outfits around it.
Don’t be afraid to dress up! I mean, why not? How often do we gather our children for professional photos, right?
Consider the color palette and your skin. The colors you choose and how they photograph is directly related to how the colors reflect on your skin. While I am never opposed to pops of color, neon colors, bright reds, yellows, and oranges will reflect into your skin or those next to you. Neutrals and muted tones are foolproof and compliment any background.
For women: I personally love dresses on mom. A midi or maxi dress will immediately elevate photos and allow you to bend down to your kids’ level for all different kinds of poses.
For men: I always encourage men to avoid shorts and sandals and of course, no cell phones, keys, etc. in pockets!
Props/Accessories: Wide brim hats, shawls, scarves, etc. just give us more elements to play with. If any of these things speak to you, then I say yes!
I personally LOVE texture and movement. They are my favorite elements of principle and design when it comes to portraits. Adding texture to your wardrobe adds dimension overall. (For example, knitwear, velvet…) I also love capturing movement. I like to do some of this in how I pose and conduct your session, but we can also do this with wardrobe. If mom or daughter has a dress that might catch the wind or give a lovely twirl, it adds so much life to the photos!
FALL FAMILY STYLING GUIDE 2023
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