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5 Styling Tips for Family Photos

Updated: Sep 30, 2022

We often see these perfectly curated families on social media or Pinterest with sweet smiling kids and we in the world do those families look so pulled together in their photos? Here's a little secret... some preparation and a great photographer is the key! Here are a few tips to help you achieve that perfect look for your family photos.

Tip #1: Pick your outfit first.

It can be overwhelming trying to find the cute, stylish and classic outfit for your whole family. Start in one place, your own closet, and go from there. Picking your outfit first will give you the confidence you need to organize and choose everyone else's pieces.

Tip #2: Choose coordinating outfits.

Matching outfits for the whole family is outdated, and an all-white crew should be reserved for the beach! To have those timeless photos, choose several colors that coordinate and complement one another. Try sticking to a specific color palette (like neutrals, cool tones, etc.) while avoiding overly bold colors. The goal in coordinating is to visually break up the colors so you're not wearing the same colors on top and bottom. You don't want your outfits to distract from your family's natural beauty.

Tip #3: Mix in textures and patterns.

Create dimension and character by mixing in different patterns and textures! The key here is less is more. Pick one pattern and add in other textures and solid colors. Stay away from logos and busy prints that will overpower your look. Soft florals, stripes or light plaids are always a great option. Another great way to add texture to your outfit is accessories. A hat, simple jewelry, jacket or cardigan will add interest and complete the look.

Tip #4: Don't forget your surroundings.

Be aware of your environment and where you'll be getting your photos taken. For example, if you're taking photos in a grassy field, wearing green or beige tones may not be the way to go. Pick colors that work with your surroundings not against.

Tip #5: Wear clothes that make you comfortable.

No matter what you choose for colors, most importantly you want you and your family to be comfortable. Pick clothing that allows you to move freely and feel good. If you feel good in what you're wearing, you will look your best. Choosing something flattering and comfortable is the best way to make sure you love your photos. Family photos should reflect the personalities of everyone in your family.

Just be yourself and don't overthink it!


Some favorite stores to shop:

Mom outfits: TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Pink Lily Boutique | Dad outfits: American Eagle, Target, Banana Republic | Kid outfits: Target, Old Navy, Zara, H&M, Kohls

2022-2023 Fall/Winter Color Trends:

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