What should I wear? My top five tips this season

A few years ago, our own family gifted my parents with an extended family photo session for their 50th wedding anniversary. As a mom figuring out what my family should wear, I started to feel the stress that my clients feel when they ask themselves “What should I wear?”


#1 Choose a color palette of 3 colors

Choose colors that complement each other. When choosing neutral colors, be sure to add one complementary color to add a little “pop”. If you are having a hard time choosing a colors, choose ONE patterned piece- this could be a shirt or a scarf, etc. Pull the colors for all other pieces from this pattern. You may want to consider where you plan to display the photo in your home; what colors will complement your home design?

What colors should you choose? This is really up to you. For fall, I love jewel tones:

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 A great example of choosing colors from one pattern.

A great example of choosing colors from one pattern.

#2: Consider the background, and the weather

Consider what colors and clothing will complement the setting for your photos. For example, if you’re headed to a Christmas Tree Farm, choosing lots of green may not be the best idea. Think about complementing colors, instead of blending in. Dress for the weather! Everyone will look more natural if you’re warm and comfortable.

 The maroon helps contrast against the green of the Christmas trees. I love the layering on mom with the sweater and scarf.

The maroon helps contrast against the green of the Christmas trees. I love the layering on mom with the sweater and scarf.

#3 Embrace individuality

Instead of forcing kiddos to conform, embrace their individual flair! Less stress, and the kids will be happier. How does this work?

 One of my clients built their family outfits around their son’s favorite outfit. They knew he would be more comfortable in active wear, and just went with it!

One of my clients built their family outfits around their son’s favorite outfit. They knew he would be more comfortable in active wear, and just went with it!

#4 Play with textures

Textures add some visual interest to your photos. Examples include tweed, denim, and wool. Fall is a perfect season to play with textures!

 Mom and baby’s sweaters add some texture to this shot.

Mom and baby’s sweaters add some texture to this shot.

#5 Footwear

After all this planning, don’t forget the footwear! Shoes don’t have to be fancy or expensive, but do consider how your footwear complements your outfit.

 I love the purple and grey combination, the layering, and also the footwear!

I love the purple and grey combination, the layering, and also the footwear!

Top 5 things to avoid

  1. Multiple patterns

  2. Solid black and solid white tops

  3. Too many colors

  4. Shirts with lots of graphics, logos, or writing

  5. Lots of classic red (unless a Christmas shoot)


Overall, you don’t have to spend loads of money on your family outfits. I’ve had families get super creative by working with what they already have, bargain shopping, or even borrowing a piece or two from a friend!