Picking your own outfit out can be a tough task, let alone coordinating outfits for your whole family. It’s hard to pick outfits that both flatter each member of your family and that also go together well visually. I hear ya! I am hopeful that these few outfit ideas you can either use for your own family pictures or give you ideas of what you could wear as well. You can also see this blog post on 3 general points to picking outfits for senior pictures here.
OUTFIT INSPIRATION NUMBER 1: SWEATERS
Who else lives for sweater weather?! I am a huge fan of sweaters for both men and women for fall pictures. Sweaters can vary and they offer a wide range of options for different styles. And not to mention they are so comfortable For example, someone could wear a color block cardigan (quick side note, layering creates beautiful movement in photos and is so beautiful) with a basic tee under it that pulls together all of the colors. One could wear a neutral sweater with jeans to off set the colors while the others wear sweaters to draw out colors from the cardigan. The nice thing about sweaters is there is so many fits. Say you like your clothes tighter, a plain body suit underneath a cardigan is probably more your style. Or maybe you like longer, looser sweaters, there are those too! And then dads, they have all the options for sweaters. To me, once you pick your color combination, sweaters are a wonderful option for what to wear!
OUTFIT INSPIRATION NUMBER 2: JUMPSUITS AND BUTTON UPS
Say sweaters aren’t your thing… no worries! This idea might be more up your families ally. Your family might be a more formal wear for pictures type and I am all for that! What would you think about if you mom or daughter wore a jumpsuit, such as this or this, with a neutral cardigan and booties while your husband/brother wore jeans and a button up that pulled from your colors?! Jumpsuits have the ability to be both casual and more formal so that might be a great option! Or if you want it to be a little more formal, the men could wear slacks to dress it up a bit. So many options! I love this idea because in 2021, jumpsuits have become the new dresses, so your both trendy and in your comfort zone.
OUTFIT INSPIRATION NUMBER 3: FLANNELS AND JACKETS
Did you catch my side note above? Hint, it had to do with layering. So, for this inspo, all outfits have to do with layers. Layering adds so much to images. Adds movement, new looks, places to occupy your hands. If you are someone who typically layers, for example flannels, jean jackets, vests, this idea is for you. One could wear tan pants with a white shirt and a flannel like this. Another could wear jeans, a long sleeve maroon shirt with a white vest. While another person wears a graphic tee with a jean jacket like this. Who else loves this idea?!
As always I am here to bounce ideas off of for your family shoot. Feel free to reach out for more ideas or to ensure the outfits will be great for pictures! I can’t wait to see what you decide to wear for your family pictures!
Going to start with a blanket statement because its the truth... Jadyn's shoot was so fun and so unique to her. Her style is unbelievable, her smile will change the world, and her final images captured her vision perfectly.
When we were planning her shoot, she really wanted to have a background that matched this red dress she had. We needed room for movement and a background that only added to the beauty of this dress. While this was important, we also knew she wanted a lush, green background where you could also see the mountains! Mt. Falcon became the perfect place for her shoot!
Now, for her outfits. Girl, your style is unmatched. I LOVED every outfit you put on. You radiated confidence in each outfit, are so trendy, and they were the perfect combination between formal and casual. I think thats why we have such a wide range of final images for you! If I had to pick a favorite outfit though, I think I would say the red dress. I can't get over how your eyes shined through with that dress and I felt like your smile was so true!
Jadyn, thanks for laughing at my jokes (peep the images below) and choosing me for your senior pictures! Have the best senior year and keep sharing your positive, energetic personality with the world. We need more people like you!
Have you ever seen more beautiful brown eyes?! My goodness, they steal the show! Saffana, you are absolutely beautiful! Every time I go through your final images I am in awe of them- I am so excited to share them here on the blog!
For her Senior VIP Experience, she decided on Red Daisy Farm in hopes that it would capture her artistic side and it seemed to match her ideas from Pinterest best. Saffana is a very talented painter and wanted to capture her love for art through her senior pictures. She wanted movement to be very present in her photos, her art to be displayed, and some images she could use to apply to art school. I loved all her ideas!
Her outfit choices were amazing. I am so jealous of her style, especially the business outfit she chose. Major heart eyes! Then her beautiful red dress created the movement she wanted and matched with her painting perfectly! I just can't get over the true beauty and authenticity of her pictures... captured her love for art, her vision, and her bubbly/creative/loving personality. Exactly what a senior session should be!
Saffana, thank you for choosing me for your senior pictures. You are so talented and I can't wait to see what else you create through this life! You are one of a kind. Enjoy your senior year and congratulations!
How to pick outfits for your family portrait session: 3 tips for picking outfits for family pictures
Whether you have a large or small family picking outfits for portraits that will hang on your wall for years to come can be challenging. I mean think about it… trying to coordinate outfits that match but fit each person’s personal style is HARD. I even struggle with it and I do this for a living! My hope is that these three tips will help you in deciding what to wear. And as always, if you aren’t sure, reach out and I am happy to help!!
Tip 1: Pick 2 or 3 colors to use in your outfits.
If you don’t know where to start… think about this. What are the colors that you love on your kids, husband, and yourself? It’s possible that you love one color on every person! I hear ya, blue is such a flattering color on a lot of people. If that is the case, vary the shades of blue! Your husband could wear a plaid blue, white, and grey shirt while your daughter wears a navy sweater! Peep the picture below for an example of different shades of a color for your family pictures.
If different colors come to mind, see if you can incorporate those colors together. For example, say you like navy blue, blush pink, and cream. You could totally use all those colors. One person could wear navy blue, one could wear the blush pink, one could wear cream, and then maybe that last person wears a combination! Or maybe you like the neutral look and each of you varies in that! There are so many possibilities! If you need help visualizing this, look at the pictures below.
3 or 4 colors give you options for both a large or small family!
Tip 2: Avoid being too matchy matchy!
Looking back in time, so many family pictures had the girls in one outfit, the boys in another outfit, and the adults in similar outfits as well. Don’t get me wrong, I cherish those types of family pictures (I have them too), but each person gets lost in the pictures that way. Don’t you want to remember each person and how they are at this moment? Allowing each person to pick out an outfit they feel comfortable in and showcases their style will make your family pictures that much more special! You’ll see true confidence shine through this way and will remember each person much more than those cookie cutter family pictures! If you need some inspiration, head over to out pinterest!
Tip 3: Pick your outfits, then walk away until picture day.
I’m an over-thinker. If you are too, this tip is for you. Once you pick your 2-3 colors and the exact outfits, your job is done. Lay them out and then walk away! If you keep starring at them you will start to not like them and want to change the whole scheme. Trust me, your initial pick is what you want. It’s the colors and outfits you like the most. Hence why you picked them first! Pick the outfits, lay them out, and come back to them the day before pictures!