Deciding what outfit to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are images you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years and years. It can seem a bit overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t have to be. Try these tips below to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family when it’s time for your session.


Coordinating Colors, Not Matching.

The days are long gone of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a few colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.

Look At Your Home Decor.

Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos on the walls in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothing go with the color scheme of your home as well.

Don't Forget To Accessorize.

Accessories not only add to your outfit, they can also be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind. Be creative!

Limit Patterns When Possible.

Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has lots of colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image hanging over your mantle.

Look For Clothing Collections.

When shopping for clothes for kids, head to stores that typically have color coordinating collections. You can then buy clothes for all the children from one store. Then you'll know their clothes will coordinate well.

Plan Ahead.

Once you book your session with Charles Caswell Photography, start thinking of the clothes you’ll want to wear right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into the issue of clothes not fitting properly, being dirty or in need of dry cleaning.

Just Say No To Characters.

Yes, I know your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like many patterns, characters on shirts can be just as distracting.

Avoid All White Or All Black Clothing.

If you are wearing an all-white shirt, then it is very easy to blow out (over expose) parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail in the photos. Same can be said with all black clothing, it’s easy to have clipping (under exposed) on black clothing and the detail is lost for good.

Textures Are Your Friend.

I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photos I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image and make it “pop”. Don’t shy away from different textures as this may make all the difference.

Consider What Your Background Will Be.

If you are taking photos outdoors, consider what you are wearing. I can recall an image I saw recently where the parents were wearing all black on a black backdrop. It looked as if they were floating heads holding a baby.

Think Classic.

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years and years. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel and will not be outdated in a year. Simpler the better.