Family photos can either be exciting or stressful. First, there’s the clothing. Where do you even begin? I put together a guide to show you that planning for family photo’s doesn’t have to be a pain but it can be fun. You just have to know where to start! One key thing I try to remember when putting together our outfits is that I want our photo’s to be timeless.
First things first, I think of whose outfit is the absolute priority. To be honest, I usually start with mine or my daughters outfits. In this case (see above), I started with the Girls wardrobe because I found these corduroy overalls and knew they were exactly what I wanted. So, I built off of the overalls where I then found a simple sweater and made my way over to find some off white socks and black boots.
Once you have one outfit you move on to another individual but in doing so, you make sure everything will flow. What I mean by that is in this example (see above), I decided to stick with neutrals as the color scheme of our photos. I didn’t want anything too bright but even soft pinks, like a blush tone, would look great with this layout. Once I finished the Girls outfit I then moved on to the Women’s wardrobe then the Dudes then the Boys.
As you can see there is not one set color or any patterns. The reason I did this was because I didn’t want to be too matchy-matchy and I also didn’t want any obnoxious patterns to show up as too busy once we received our photo’s. Don’t get me wrong, patterns are totally fine to have but I would suggest refraining from very tiny repeated patterns and any word use.
The point of family photo’s is to have fun and to remember that time in your families life’s. There is no right or wrong when putting together your families outfits! These are only helpful suggestions if you are scrambling to put together outfits like I was.
The examples shown above are not being used by my family so feel free to use any and all articles for your own shoot! Also, if you aren’t planning on purchasing new outfits for your photo’s (which is completely normal), you can use this same method for the clothing you already own. Start with one individual and what piece you absolutely want photographed and go from there.
Here are some examples of our family photo’s in the past.
This photo was from 2009 (so long ago when I would bleach my hair). This is a good example of why I personally prefer neutral tones for photo’s. Despite this photo being so long ago, it’s pretty timeless.
Hopefully this helps with planning your photo’s!