You’ve booked your family photoshoot and now you’re wondering what to wear.
I’m here to help!
Styling is really important and the clothes you wear will have a huge impact on the look and feel of your photos.
I’ve created this guide to make your life as stress-free as possible.
Disclaimer – I am not a stylist. That said, I have been photographing families for many years and I know what works (and what doesn’t) for your photoshoots.
My top styling tips
Choose muted colours
Saturated colours (red, cyan, magenta and anything neon) are a no-no. Overly saturated and bold colours will be very distracting.
Look for muted versions of the same colour. Swap bright orange for burnt orange/tan and hot pink for rose.
These earthy tones are great for photoshoots at home and outdoors.
Start with Mum
Mum is often the hardest to dress so find your/her outfit first.
Once Mum is sorted you can build the rest of the family around that.
Pick 3-4 complementary colours
Choose a complimentary colour scheme and dress everyone in shades from that palette.
Coordinate colours but don’t over-match. We don’t want you all in blue jeans and white tops.
Stick to solid colours
Patterns can be too busy. We want you to be the focus.
One patterned piece is fine. I would recommend this for Mum or one child.
Avoid anything with pictures, text, logos, check patterns and bold stripes. Your eye will be drawn to that outfit and that’s not what we want for your family photos.
Texture adds a lovely depth to your photos and you can never have too much of it. Think corduroy (my personal favourite), knit, lace, and waffle.
Newborns & At-Home Guide
Keep it light, simple and casual
It’s really important to start with Mum and choose something that’s comfortable and allows for feeding (if you’re breastfeeding).
Lighter colours look softer so avoid anything dark. Choose khaki or grey over dark blue/black.
Don’t overdress baby. As tempting as it is to put them in their adorable little dresses and babygrows, a simple vest or romper is all we need. Plus this means we’ll be able to see their tiny toes.
Talking of toes, I always ask the whole family to take off their socks. Trust me, it looks so much more relaxed if you’re all barefoot.
Finally – stick to neutral colour bedding (white, grey, cream) in the master bedroom.
Take a look at my in-home Pinterest board for inspiration.
Take a look at my outdoor style inspiration on Pinterest.
Remember I’m here to help
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch before your photoshoot.