Family Photo Outfitting

Family Photo Outfitting

It’s about time I finally got around to writing this post! This past Thanksgiving my family and I decided it was finally time to get some proper family photos taken (the last one we have is from when I was in 2nd grade and had the biggest gap tooth imaginable, I’m serious, I could fit two nickels side by side between them!). Since we kids have all spread out across the country since moving out, and would be back together for Thanksgiving, we decided to take the plunge and wrangle everyone then.

Anyone who has taken, or is planning to take family photos knows that sometimes the hardest part is just getting everyone’s outfits picked out. What seems so simple turns into a whole thing, meanwhile, in the end you just want one photo where everyone looks nice, is actually smiling, and hopefully nobody blinks!

There are a few approaches to outfit planning for a large crew: matching, color schemes, free for all… I’ve found the most natural looking approach (that won’t look too dated later on) is rolling with a color scheme of some sort. Think about creating a color story with your choices, we chose to go with autumnal colors for ours! This helps to tie everyone together without looking too matchy matchy or forcing someone to wear something they wouldn’t normally wear/own (the worst is having to go out and buy all new clothes that you’ll never wear again!).

A great place to find inspiration for this is Pinterest! Try searching “color scheme” and take a gander through all the fun palettes that pop up, keeping in mind what feels most natural, flattering and location appropriate. I’ve made a pinterest board just for this if you need ideas quick!

I hope these tips help you plan a (mostly) seamless and beautiful family or group photo session!

PS. A quick photo tip I learned from my photographer better half: if the lighting or coloring is a bit off in a photo, go with black and white and it’ll almost always look better! (Examples of moments that almost didn’t make the cut until applying that trick below.)

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