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What Should I Wear?

General Tips

Most important tip. Be yourself!! Dress your best in your own style. (If this is a Maternity Session, we provide the outfits.)


Coordinate, but don't match! Go for a similar color palette and mix up solids and prints, etc. I would suggest choosing three main colors to work with.  This will give you more flexibility when it comes to dressing the entire family, but doesn’t become too matchy either. Consider hues that complement each other for a more cohesive look. Also consider outfits with muted colors and soft tones. A good portrait will   withstand the test of time. This is one of the reasons your outfits should have a cohesive appearance.

It all starts with Mom! I suggest you start with your outfit first. Once this is done, you can style the rest of the family.  I like to suggest flowy dresses and skirts. Pay close attention to texture, the fine details, and fabric quality. Clothing that drapes and flows with the wind is always flattering and offer beautiful movement in your photos. Remember: Texture, movement, and quality.

Maxi dresses are flattering on every body type. 


If a dress doesn’t feel like you, or isn’t the vision you are going for, that’s ok! Skinny jeans to the rescue! Pair them with cute heels or wedges to make your legs appear longer. If you don’t feel comfortable with the tighter look, I recommend a fit called “skinny boot cut.” (You can find them at American Eagle, Gap, etc.). 


Know your body type and what styles will flatter your figure.

Don’t dress in a way that is out of character for you, but look polished. Be mindful of the small details, such as your manicure, hair,  and moisturized skin. 

Stay away from graphic Tees, distracting patterns, logos, and primary colors. Shirts that are bright neon orange or yellow will reflect back the color onto the faces of the people wearing them. Graphics tend to really take away from the quality of the portrait as a whole, as well as the personal style of the photographer. I strongly recommend taking this into consideration when thinking about your family’s wardrobe. However, do not be afraid to tastefully mix prints and textures. 


Make sure the clothing you choose fits the kids, keeping in mind that baggy or too tight is not ideal. Dress your kiddos in clothes that fit perfectly, not with room to grow. An outfit that fits properly will look much better than something that is too big. Go a size smaller in jackets, cardigans or blazers.


Like clean or painted fingernails, shoes and accessories are important details not to overlook in preparing for your session. A great outfit with old, stained shoes won't look as great. Be sure that the shoes match clothing and accessories such as necklaces and headbands. These items serve to add a pop of color and style to your images.

For maternity sessions only: Are you nursing?

You want to be sure to wear something that you can easily nurse in if you want nursing to be a part of the session outside of in-between feedings for a newborn.  Several clothing stores offer gorgeous nursing-friendly dresses and tops that will allow you to easily breastfeed while looking beautiful.



Consider getting headbands or cute bows for the little girls and cute hats for boys, Attention to jewelry and shoes also goes a long way. OshKosh is highly recommended for accessories. Using accessories helps add character to the photos, making them more personal and stylized to your taste.  Accessories can also be used to tie outfits together between subjects.


Dad's Outfit

Choose a comfortable neutral outfit for dad that coordinates with the rest of the family.  Consider a muted color button down paired with either pattern free shorts or pants. 




When putting together an outfit, layers are what make the outfit look polished and complete!  Add a vest, jacket, cardigan, bowtie, hat, scarf, suspenders for boys, belts, jewelry, etc.  This also gives better composition. Hats, glasses, vests, bow ties, cardigans, tights or leggings under a skirt for girls. I recommend making the outer layer (blazer, cardigan, jacket) fit snugly.

Avoid waiting until the last available moment to put the right outfits together. Identifying the best outfits in advance helps to avoid the stress and pressure that comes with having to rush.

What to Bring to a Maternity Session

Ultrasound photos


Special family heirloom


Change of clothing- Toward the end of a maternity session, many moms like to change into something more comfortable.

Wear comfortable shoes, and bring the nice shoes you planned to wear to the shoot to save your feet. Bonus! If your dress is long, it may even hide your feet so you can go barefoot!

Rings- If you have slipped your wedding bands off (that darn swelling!), make sure to bring them!


What to Wear Tips For Family Portraits

Winter Family Photo Outfit Ideas

The winter season is the most popular time to take family photos.  You can include plaid patterns, classic red and green holiday colors for the perfect family portrait. The best thing with winter is that you can bring the furry scarves, flannels, and cable-knit sweaters you have been keeping all year long. 

  • Think scarves, coats, and beanies as your accessory partners for more casual family photos. These should make you comfortable in the chilly winter weather.

  • Have the girls wear cable knits (matching) while the boys can have Collared shirts with a heavy sweater on for the family photo.

  • Consider matching pajamas for the entire family

  • In addition to dressing warm for the weather, consider bright red lipstick to pop out some color in the photo.

By the Season



Fall Family Picture Outfit Ideas


  • Your outfits in fall will be all about layers. The layers also make it possible to change to a different outfit or theme fast.

  • Go for burnt oranges and rich maroons to bring out all the fall vibes.

  • Use stylish boots, scarves, and other fall accessories to add to the theme of the photos.

  • Consider season-appropriate patterns, such as plaid shirts, for the photoshoot. These come in handy for fall.




Spring Family Photo Outfit Ideas


With plants springing back to life, you can take advantage of this by going for brighter colors. Outfits with floral patterns will also come in handy during this time of the year. The girls will most definitely look so sweet in pouffy skirts and dresses. You also want to accessorize appropriately for a polished look.


Spring Styling Tips

  • Pick floral patterns for your outfits. 

  • Make the springtime portraits pop by having outfits with cheerful pastel hues.

  • Use bows to get the hair out of your little one’s eyes. They are also an excellent springtime accessory.

  • Go for skirts and dresses in place of pants for the girls.


Family Photoshoot Outfit Ideas For The Summer

During this season, you can take photos while in casual outfits such as sandals, denim, pretty sheers, and light cotton. 

  • Breezy and light outfits

  • Pretty sheers, light cotton, and lace will make your session memorable

  • Dresses are a must-have for the girls (skirts too) and Gingham patterns for boys. 

  • Try casual wear too. You don’t want to be too formal in the summer weather.






Christmas session style guide

Laying all of the outfits side by side will give you an idea of how they will look. This will help you make any necessary changes. Doing this also eliminates the risk of missing an essential element in the photo.

Suggestions For Light Winter Colors

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Cream Floral Applique Maternity Dress

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Suggestions For Winter Plums

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Boys Gray Pants

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Girls 4-12 Plum Leggings

Suggestions For A Casual Holiday Look

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Suggestions For a Traditional Christmas 

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