Updated: Mar 25
Allow your family to be the captivating focal point of your shots during any season with these family photo outfit do’s and don’ts. Consider these coordinating outfit ideas when choosing family photo outfit ideas for family session with loneman photography in and around Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana:
Plan your outfits in advance. The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be. Plus, it never hurts to have options especially when you’re dressing your kids.
Choose coordinating colors, not matching. Knowing what colors to wear for family photos can be tricky. Start off with colors that coordinate well. You can accomplish a cohesive look without every family member wearing the exact same outfit. In fact, that can seem overly-matching. By selecting a color scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural look across the board. Pick two main colors and then add softer tones to accent and complete your color scheme.
Consider your home decor. You’ll want to consider your home decor style when picking out what to wear in family photos. Since a few of these photos will most likely be hanging in your home and on display for a long time, make sure that the clothing you select blends in seamlessly with the color scheme of your home.
Keep location in mind. Another helpful item to consider when trying to decide what to wear in your family photos is the location of your photoshoot. Are you going to be in the mountains or under a tree surrounded by bright fall foliage? Select a color palette for your outfits that will complement the setting. Pick out items of clothing in colors that will complement your background and not compete with it.
Use the season to help select color schemes for your outfits. Each season is associated with different colors, weather, and landscapes which will be an important item to consider when picking out what everyone will be wearing.
Fall Outfit Ideas
Fall outfits are all about the layers! Plus, wearing layers makes for a quick outfit change too.Take advantage of the colorful fall leaves and let them inspire your outfit choices.Use fall accessories to add texture to your photos. Think big scarves and stylish boots. Plaid shirts are a popular clothing selection for fall family photos. Think about dressing a few of your members in this season appropriate pattern.
Fall Color Schemes:
Brown and MaroonDenim, Yellow, CrimsonNavy, Tan, CreamDenim and Tan
Winter Outfit Ideas
Classic red and green holiday colors and plaid patterns are a few of these style trends that are perfect for your photos. The holiday season is all about the flannels, the furry scarves, and the cable-knit sweaters. Get ready to bundle up.
Styling Tips For The Holidays:
The cooler weather of the winter season allows for some great accessories for your family photos. Think scarves, beanies and coats! Sweaters are very appealing clothing options for holiday family photos. Have the boys wear collared shirts with a sweater over while the girls wear matching cable knits .Add a pop of color to your outfit with a bright red lipstick perfect for the holidays.
Holiday Color Schemes:
Navy and CrimsonGlitter and WhiteCrimson, Tan, DenimRed, Grey, Black
Spring Outfit Ideas
Choose from beautiful pastel colors are more prominent in the springtime, along with white and blue hues. Other trendy springtime outfit ideas include floral patterns, which can be incorporated throughout accessories or clothing items. Dresses and skirts are also popular for spring family photos. These springtime trends paired with simple basics will give your family photos a polished and fresh look.
Styling Tips For Spring:
A great pattern for springtime is floral. Select statement pieces featuring your favorite florals.Cheerful hues will really make your springtime family portraits pop.Bows in the little ones’ hair are the perfect springtime accessory and a great way to get their hair out of their eyes.If you’re taking family portraits in the warmer months take advantage of the weather and pick out skirts as well as dresses.
Spring Color Schemes:
Blush and TealBlush and WhiteLight Blue, Tan, WhiteNavy, Yellow, White
Summer Outfit Ideas
A summertime family photoshoot offers beautiful landscapes for your photos and warmer weather. The season reflects a laid back vibe that can be mirrored throughout your family’s outfit selections. Take advantage of light cottons, pretty sheers, denim and slip into your sandals for a casual look. If your family is taking a Big Sky or Montana summer vacation, use this time to take your family portraits.
Styling Tips For Summer:
Select more cheerful colors for your summertime portraits.Take advantage of light cotton, pretty sheers and lace. Light and breezy outfits are also great for the summer heat. Gingham patterns for the boys and summer dresses for the girls. Don’t feel the need to be too formal during your summer photo session.
You’re sure to get some candid shots!
Summer Color Schemes:
Tan and WhiteOrange and TealLight Blue, Tan, WhiteBlue, Green, Yellow
Choose practical clothing items. This is an important item to keep in mind for every family member but, especially when you are thinking about what to dress your little ones in. If your kids are not comfortable then you’re going to be in for a long photoshoot. Make sure that everyone is comfortable with their clothing to ensure all smiles.
Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos. Accessories are great style pieces that add to your individual outfits and can even tie family members’ outfits together. For example, if Dad is wearing a red and black plaid coat then adding a plaid hat to your daughter’s outfit will tie the pattern in for a more cohesive feel. Accessories will also give your photos variation. Think scarves, hats, gloves, and belts.
Select an outfit that is appropriate year-round. One of the more popular times for families to take their portraits seems to be around the holidays (when the kids are home from school and everyone is in the same place). The holidays may seem like the perfect excuse to bring out the Santa hats and incorporate props into your family portraits. However, you’ll want these photos to be displayed all year round. Try to avoid purely seasonal accessories and items.
Limit distracting patterns and large logos. Including articles of clothing with multiple patterns or large logos can become a distraction. Strong prints and abstract patterns can overpower your photo. Avoid items that clash and stick to one pattern or textural element for your portrait session.
Lay each family member’s outfit together while planning. This way you’ll have a good idea about how the pieces will look next to each other. This will allow you a better idea of what works and what doesn’t. Plus, this way, you can make sure that you’re not missing any essential clothing items.
Select outfits that will make for a timeless portrait. If all else fails, when you look in your closet to find the perfect family portrait outfits think about staying classic. You’ll want your photos to be timeless. Styles come and go but, your photos are forever.
Have fun playing stylist and let your family’s personality shine. If you would like our input send us an email or give us a call.
Click here to view some family photo session samples on our FAMILY EXPERIENCE page to see how some families have coordinated clothing for their session. You will also see the kind of images that can be made during a family session.