What You Need to Know for Your Family or Children Session


What to wear for your family pictures is the hardest part of your photo shoot.  You want to capture each person’s personality and still look good as a family.  A few things to think about before choosing what to wear:  (1) Will what we’re wearing look good in pictures hanging on our walls?  If you’re family photos will be hanging in your living room, you may to coordinate with that room’s decor.  (2) You are not hunters.  You do not need to camouflage yourselves with the surroundings.  If everyone is wearing the same color, you tend to look like a many-headed creature.  The beach is a very neutral place, so think color!  (3) Be coordinated, but not clashing.  No match-matchy.  Adding layers or jewelry are other ways to bring in pops of color.  (4) Choose at least 3 colors and then add in some neutral colors (i.e. gray, black, white, brown).  Everyone does not need all 3 colors, spread the color out.

Start with the person most difficult to clothe.  I generally start with the mom.  Choose an outfit that you love and is not too loud.  Then begin adding clothing choices for the other family members that look good with yours.  You can use more than two colors.    Search pinterest or fashion sites to find colors that look good together.  You can always ask a friend for a 2nd opinion!

What to avoid:  Clothing with writing.  Several different patterns together (i.e. stripes, plaid, polka dots).  Any clothing that distracts the eye from your faces.  If you have a baby in the picture, the person holding the baby will need to wear a different color that what the baby is wearing.


I recommend wearing makeup to cover up any shine or blemishes.  Apply a little more than usual to give definition to your features.  I do not recommend lip gloss or chap stick; I do recommend a little darker lip stick than usual so your lips stand out….especially for head shots.


I have a wide variety of props, chairs, couches, chalk boards, etc.  Please talk with me when scheduling the shoot regarding any preferences you have.



Parent No-Nos