Hey, thank you so much for being here! If you are planning a family photo shoot over the summer or in the future, you will love what I'm going to share with you today. I know picking entire family outfits can be tricky! But it will make the world of difference when you have the right outfits for your photoshoot. I have shared about this topic in the past, but as I grew as a lifestyle family photographer, my perspective changed. I want to give you the most updated insights that I have for outfit picking. My focus is always on documenting your unique family with your personality and relationships, so here is my best advice to help you shine on your next photoshoot.

1.Pick your color palette. The first thing to do is to decide on the color scheme you want for your photos. It may be the colors that you like to add for a blank wall in the house. It may be the colors that you want for the season or for the specific background you have in mind. But I think the most important one we overlook is you should always decide on a color scheme that your family loves wearing. You can start by looking in your closets to see what colors your family generally loves.

2 Start with mom’s outfit first. Mom, you just have to trust me on this one. Pick out your outfit first before anyone else's! You want to look your best and you also deserve it! Here are some tips and tricks to help you look your best.

  • Find an outfit that flatters your body! If you are self conscious about your arms, ditch wearing sleeveless. If you love how an A-line dress looks on you, wear that!
  • Don't force yourself to try on something just because it looked good on someone else. Be the best version of you!
  • The right type of clothing is the kind you love wearing and makes you feel extra beautiful. You will be able to relax and enjoy yourself more. Your confidence will show through your genuine smile, and the photos will turn out even more beautiful!

3.How to coordinate your colors. Once you choose your own outfit, the rest is easy. You can start adding more colors for other family members. If your outfit has multiple colors, you can use these same or similar colors for the rest of the family. This method will avoid being too "matchy-matchy". Another caution is to avoid too many busy outfits. A busy outfit is any outfit with multiple color schemes, stripes, patterns, etc. My personal recommendation is no more than a 1 to 3 ratio of busy outfits to solid outfits.

4.Accessories. Don’t be shy to add any accessory to your outfit. It could be a necklace, earrings, hats, headband, bowtie, etc. Any accessory adds another interest to the outfit and showcases your personalities.

Thank you so much for reading my insights. I hope this gets you excited for your next photoshoot. The last and most important point is just have fun with it! Wear what makes you and your family feel good! Being the best version of you is the best ingredient for beautiful lifestyle family portraits!