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5 Family Photo Tips

5 Family Photo Tips

Fall family pictures are coming! With that comes the question of “What do we all wear?” Here are some simple tips (and some style suggestions) to help you get those outfits picked!

universally flattering Bess dress

1. Make your outfit the priority!

I always tell the Mom when booking to find the outfit that SHE wants to wear first. This simple advice is awesome because if Mom doesn’t love the pictures or what she settled for wearing because it was all she could find to tie into everyone else’s outfits, she is less likely to be absolutely in love with the photos. When we Moms are wearing something that makes us feel confident and beautiful, it seems to take care of a lot of the other things we might pick apart when looking at the photos afterwards. Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to head online and start looking at all the fun things we would love to own and say “I had to buy it, we need it for family pictures!”

Relaxed fit Wren dress

2. Pick colors that compliment your decor.

Once Mom’s outfit is picked, it is easier to nail down a color scheme. Keep in mind, this will be hanging in your home! Pick colors you would like hanging on a wall! I tend to start with a good neutral color and work from there. Creams, khakis, grey, or an olive green are great to start off with and are easy to find in every age group.

Feminine and flowing McKessa dress

3. Make your outfits GO together, not match!

Gone are the days of putting everyone in denim or in my family it was white shirts and jeans. Nope! It works best to pick 2-3 colors and work everyone around those. Finding an item for at least one family member that has at least 2 of these colors helps pull everyone together without the dreaded matchy matchy look.

Animal print maxi dress, the Mabry

4. Make your family the focus.

I always suggest staying away from clothing items that have logos or loud graphics but don’t be afraid to mix patterns and styles! 

5. Add layers, not bulk.

Layers add texture and depth to your photo, but try to keep them tailored looking, oversized items tend to make people look larger in print. Pull in some cute jackets, a fall sweater, a cute hair tie in someone’s hair. These little details help pull everyone together. 

6. Don't forget your feet!

Last but not least, don’t forget the shoes! It is usually the last thing to come to mind but its important! Clean styled shoes will complete the outfits and finish off all the work you did putting everyone all together! 

Alli tie tiered floral dress

Every Mom worries that the pictures will not turn out but with a little planning ahead of time, everything is going to turn out great! Don’t forget to take a deep breath and relax at the session. Your photographer will work their magic, don’t miss out on the moments! 

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