What to wear to my family photo session? | Maryland Wedding Photographer

Updated: Oct 11

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for family photo sessions! The vibrant colors in the trees, the smell of the leaves and other autumn treats and the crisp air that just makes you want to cuddle up with the ones you love make it the ideal time to document some new family memories! So what should you wear?! Here are my top tips for picking what to wear as well as examples of some pieces I love.


1. Stick to natural colors

2. Coordinate over matching

3. Patterns in moderation

4. Accessorize

5. Keep your outfits timeless

6. Shoes matter

7. Textures and layers

8. Consider your location

9. Check the weather

10. Be yourself!




1. Stick to natural colors


My editing style is vibrant and speaks to the rich colors found in nature. In order to make sure your photos have that same pop of color, I recommend wearing natural tones. I feel they look great one everyone and they stand the test of time. Think colors like navy, burgundy, olive or forest green, ivory, gray, black, brown, taupe, burnt orange, etc. (click on the photos to shop that look)
















2. Coordinate over matching


Wear colors that complement one another without matching too much. Try picking out one or two main colors and pair it with a neutral counterpart.



3. Patterns in moderation


Patterns can be visually pleasing and add personality to the photos. If one person is wearing a solid, try to place the other person in a coordinating pattern. (click on the photos to shop that look)














4. Accessorize


If you're wearing primarily neutrals try adding a splash of color with an accessory. Some examples include a fun hat, scarf, jewelry, textured layers, etc. You don't want to have too many extras because they can be distracting but having a little extra touch can help make your photos interesting. (click on the photos to shop that look)






















5. Keep your outfits timeless


I recommend shying away from clothing with brands, logos, graphics or slogans in large print. The only exception is if you're going for a certain look such as sporting the jersey of your favorite sports team. You don't want to look back on your photos and feel like they're outdated due to a clothing choice.




6. Shoes matter


Shoes can make or break an outfit. They can be an easy way to add personality to the photos but can distract from the main subject if they don't coordinate well or you're not comfortable in them. I suggest staying away from flip flops (nice sandals are ok) and avoid sport sneakers (especially stark white). (click on the photos to shop that look)









7. Textures and layers


Just like patterns and accessories, textures and layers can help make your photos more visually appealing. Examples include a sweater overtop of a shirt or a flowy dress to create movement. (click on the photos to shop that look)





















8. Consider your location


Try to complement your wardrobe to your surrounding. For example, if we're shooting on a cobblestone street or in a field shy away from heels that are hard to walk in. Additionally, if you're looking for lifestyle photos with movement think about clothes that will adopt to being able to sit down, move around, etc.




9. Check the weather

Bring a sweater if it's going to be chilly or dress in layers that you can take off if you tend to run warm. The more comfortable you are the more natural your photos will look.


10. Be yourself!

Last but most importantly, wear something that makes you feel comfortable! If an outfit is too tight, itchy or just doesn't feel right then you won't be able to truly relax which will show in your photos. Wear what feels right to YOU!


Want to see more? Check out what my current couples and families have selected for their sessions to inspire you.


If you're ready to sign up for your own family session, drop me a line and let's capture what life is like for your family right now!


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