It’s a little overwhelming to dress the entire family for pictures and make it all look good! Especially if you are doing a #largegroupfamilyphotosession. Here are some of important tips to think about when putting your family’s outfits together for family pictures…

1. Plan It Out

Think about what look and feel you want your photos to have. Go online to get inspiration. I like to encourage my clients to visit Pinterest an look at color palettes or styles that are similar to what they are looking for. Do you want a vintage or more modern and simplistic look? Do you want to be more casual or dressy?

2. Consider the Location

If you know you are going to be walking for a long period of time to get to that beautiful scenic background, a formal dress and heels are definitely not ideal. If you are not familiar with the location, contact your photographer and ask them. I guarantee you that most photographers scout their locations prior to their sessions. They should be able to guide you or help you plan accordingly for your session.

3. Pick A Color Scheme 

For family pictures, it helps to have complementary colors, so picking a color scheme you like works best. I would say 2-3 main colors (for example – tan, gray and blue or blue white and yellow) and then adding some pops of colors looks really good in photos. If you’re planning on hanging the pictures in your home, you might find inspiration there. What colors do you decorate with? What colors make you feel good? If you are going to wear print, stay away from small prints. You may think that certain colors don't go together, but again think outside the box and have fun.

Below are some of the trendy styles I found on Pinterest that can be examples or inspiration for your wardrobe

I Strive to make my clients sessions as smooth as possible. Whether you book with #DoraMariePhotography or another Photographer, I advise anyone preparing for their session to do some research. Pinterest has so many wonderful resources. I love some of the new color combinations out there. upon booking with DoraMarie Photography, I provide my clients a "How to prepare for your family photo session guide. This guide covers everything from clothing color, texture and style,what to bring to your session and what to expect during the session. I also include some examples of color palettes that pair well together and pictures of some of my past clients that looked amazing with their color palette choices.