What to Wear on a Family Photo Shoot

I debated forEVER about what  to wear on a recent family photo shoot. Our photographer, Kate Giovinco had some great suggestions:

1. Coordinate Outfits
Now this doesn’t mean everyone has to 100% match with khaki pants or jeans and a white shirt!  You want to complement each other’s outfits by choosing colors that work well together.  I find that if everyone is wearing the same clothing, people will all tend to blend in together and there won’t be too much pop and life to the images.  Coordinate VS. Matching…. let’s not get cheesy!

2. Be timeless
For some fashionista’s, this may be a difficult concept, however you are going to want these images to stand the test of time.   Pick outfits that aren’t t considered too trendy, but will be able to be enjoyed and displayed for many years to come.  One example of something that is timeless is jeans… classic look and style yet you can still incorporate your own flair into the outfit with your tops and accessories.  Still be YOU, never forget that!

3. Let your personalities SHINE
Perhaps the most important “rule” in my book.  The purpose of these photos is to hopefully capture each individual as they truly are, to capture the family, the relationships, and people in the photos just as THEY are.  Forcing children to wear outfits that are uncomfortable and unfamiliar to them may cause some anxiety and stress to them which in turn will inhibit really capturing their personalities during the session.  Same goes for adults.  Wear clothing that YOU feel good in and the pictures will emanate those feelings.  If your child wears a pair of rain boots everywhere he goes, it makes the most sense to have him wear them for pictures as well.  Remember, you want to capture everyone as they are NOW.  Capture these moments as they are!

So we went with blues and grays for our session. I knew Ellie would never wear a skirt or dress, so jeans were a must for her. And Gracie wears ruffled dresses camping, so she really needed a dress or skirt. After pouring through my favorite stores, this is what I came up with… and I think it turned out really well!

On Ellie – Grey cardigan (old from Target) | Ruffled Tank (old from Target) |Skinny Jeans (buy here)
On Gracie – Sweater (buy here) | Skirt (buy here) | tights (buy similar here)
On Colin – Shirt (from Target, not online) | Tee (buy here) | Jeans (buy here)

Check out our photo session on Kate’s blog!

What are your tips for great family photos?

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Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. I do a lot of my photo-shoot shopping on http://www.smockittomeonline.com/ they have a bunch of holiday and regular clothing and I can get them in numerous sizes so the little ones can match!