What to Wear for Your Family Portrait Session

What should I wear for my photos?” I hear that question for almost every session! I offer different guides on clothing choices for high school seniors, child and family portraits that I review with clients before the session to help them create the best look to suit their personalities. Today, I wanted to share a few ideas of inspiration for everyone that stops by the blog. With the holidays quickly approaching, people are starting to book family portraits which could be one of the the hardest times to coordinate clothing. Hopefully this information will make it super easy to pick your clothing!

I’m not talking matchy white shirts and jeans or blue polos and khakis, I want your family’s personality to show through in non-uniform and fun clothing choices! How? Pretend like you are creating one large outfit instead of trying to pair multiple outfits together. As silly as it sounds, imagine that all your clothing choices were somehow for one person. If that leaves you stumped, pick a patterned item for one person in your family (say a polka dot top for your daughter) then select the rest of the family’s clothing from the colors from that first outfit.

Once you have the basics down, it will be easy to coordinate your group’s clothing for your family portraits. Layering clothing is a fun way to add dimension and texture. Layering also works well to achieve multiple outfits in one session. You can add or remove pieces without doing a full clothing change! And don’t forget the accessories, they bring a look together. Use one or two accessories per person to complete an outfit and make it look polished. And no matter what, always wear something that makes you feel good!

For some visual inspiration, take a look at the outfits paired together below. If you have any questions about preparing for your portrait session with Danielle Neil Photography,  let me know — we can work together to find clothing that your family looks their best in while being comfortable to create beautiful portraits.

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Contact Danielle to find out more about preparing for your family portraits!

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  • stephanie October 21, 2010 - 8:13 am

    This is, by far, the BEST ‘what to wear’ I have seen on a blog. I have linked it on my FB fan page for everyone to see. Nice job!

  • Kristie Burnett November 6, 2010 - 10:50 pm

    this post is fantastic! would you care if i linked it to my blog? i love it and it would be perfect for my fashion friday post.

    i just found your blog through Melissa Jones’ facebook. your pics are fantastic! xo

  • Heather November 28, 2010 - 11:58 am

    Wow, I LOVE this! I wanna use it!

  • BB March 18, 2011 - 3:00 pm

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  • Beth March 23, 2011 - 4:41 am

    i love your page i love it i love the what to wear

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