Getting everyone in the family to coordinate outfits for a photoshoot can feel like solving a puzzle—especially when some kiddos have strong outfit preferences that are less than photogenic. But fear not, achieving picture-perfect harmony in family photos is possible, even for the pickiest dressers. In this post, we’ll unravel the secrets to coordinating family photoshoot outfits like a seasoned pro.
Coordinating outfits for a family photoshoot starts with selecting a color scheme. Choose a palette that creates a visually appealing, cohesive look. For instance, if you’re aiming for a soft and subtle feel, pastel shades like blush pink, baby blue, or lavender photograph well. On the other hand, jewel tones such as emerald green, royal blue, and mustard yellow offer a bolder, more vibrant aesthetic. Complementary neutrals, as shown with this family, are always a safe bet for a polished, timeless look.
When choosing a color scheme, consider the background of the photoshoot location. If you’re planning an outdoor session with greenery, earthy tones like olive, rust, and cream can pair well with the natural surroundings. (Although, avoid green if the backdrop has a lot of greenery, or you’ll blend right in. Make sure to stand out a bit from your backdrop.) Remember, the goal is to have the outfits enhance the family’s natural beauty and connection, not overpower it.
Once you’ve settled on a color scheme, it’s time to distribute the colors among family members. Avoid having everyone wear the exact same color because it will appear too uniform. Instead, aim for a balance of colors, ensuring each family member’s outfit complements the others without being overly matchy-matchy. For instance, if one member is wearing a statement piece in a bold color, the others can incorporate subtler hints of the same hue through accessories or smaller clothing items. This approach adds depth and dimension to the overall look, elevating the visual appeal of the group ensemble.
In addition to color, consider the season and the background of the photoshoot location when finalizing the color scheme. For instance, warm, rich hues like deep burgundy and burnt orange can create a cozy feel for a fall photoshoot, while soft pastels evoke a breezy ambiance for a springtime session.
Furthermore, your outfits should reflect the season and the location of the shoot. For outdoor photoshoots in spring or summer, lightweight and breathable fabrics such as linen, cotton, and chiffon are ideal for comfort and appeal. Flowy dresses, linen shirts, and casual-chic ensembles can complement the natural backdrop, creating an organic and laid-back aesthetic.
In contrast, cooler seasons call for layering and cozy textures. Sweaters, scarves, and jackets can add visual interest to the outfits and provide warmth and comfort during the photoshoot. (Comfort is very important for kiddos since they will be cranky when outfits are too hot, cold, itchy, or tight.)
When choosing outfits for colder seasons, consider incorporating rich textures like wool, tweed, and cashmere to add depth and dimension to the overall look. You could accessorize with stylish hats and boots to infuse a touch of seasonal flair.
When selecting accessories, aim for a cohesive balance that complements the style. For instance, consider incorporating subtle metallic accents through jewelry or hair accessories to add a hint of sparkle and refinement to the ensemble without overpowering the overall look.
In addition to jewelry, consider integrating complementary accessories such as scarves, hats, or belts to allow each family member to express their unique style within the cohesive ensemble. When layering accessories, ensure the overall look remains balanced, avoiding excessive clutter or visual distraction.
Don’t forget footwear! It will show in some of your photos. For outdoor sessions, comfortable yet stylish footwear such as sandals, espadrilles, or casual sneakers can provide comfort while maintaining a fashionable appeal. Consider selecting neutral tones or shades that align with the chosen color scheme, ensuring that the shoes seamlessly integrate with the overall aesthetic.
When accessorizing for family photoshoots, remember that less can often be more. Opt for a few carefully chosen accessories that enhance the outfits without overshadowing the family’s natural connection and warmth.
No more last-minute outfit disagreements or frantic searches for matching accessories. I hope you feel equipped to synchronize everyone’s style for your upcoming session! More than style, the goal is to create timeless treasures with your family portraits. As always, I’m here to help! Once we select a photo location, I can offer ideas for color schemes and outfit ideas for you and the littles. You can find extra tips on how to prepare for a family session in this blog or Instagram, too!