What to Wear to Your Family Photo Shoot: 8 Tips

When you invest in a family photo shoot, you want beautiful photos. Your photographer will help you pick a beautiful setting that optimizes the season, lighting, and sets the scene. You are responsible for the other big part of the aesthetics—wardrobe! The right combination of outfits can make or break a photo shoot. But have no fear—a few simple tips can help you to style your whole family for the wow-worthy photos you crave. 

Here are some basic tips in preparing your outfits. 

1. Be yourself!! Everyone needs to be comfortable, or it will show in the photos. While I love when a family gets dressed up, if that’s not your family, go for a more casual look. Aim for the best possible version of your own style. 

2. Coordinate, don't match. “Matchy matchy” became a phrase because matching is out. Gone are the days of the whole family in white t-shirts and jeans. Instead, aim for a variety of complimentary colors and patterns. 

3. Don’t go too extreme. Patterns and intentional splashes of color are good, but steer away from anything that is distracting. As a rule, stay away from graphics, florescent colors and anything too bright. 

4. Choose clothing that fits. While I understand maximizing the value of your clothing, your photo shoot wardrobe isn’t the place for this. Don’t buy a dress for Jane hoping she’ll get a few years use out of it, but she swims in it for the photo shoot. Pick the dress that fits now. 


5. Mom, this is your time to shine! Moms are often the ones with the cameras and not in photos as much as the rest of the family—but not at this photo session. I love when a mom is in a dress (if she likes dresses) or an outfit she feels great in! Start with mom’s outfit and build the family style around that. 


6. Dress in layers. Layers and accessories add interest and color opportunity, but also allow for removing clothing if it gets warm or for variety within the same shoot. Think scarfs, hats, vests, cardigans, tights, headbands, blazers, jackets...


7. Attention to detail. Think of the whole outfit, head-to-toe. A great outfit with ratty shoes won't look as good. Match shoes with necklaces with headbands, etc. These items can add a pop of color too!


8. Consider the setting. If you’re doing a shoot in the late summer and there will be a ton of green at your location, leave green out of your wardrobe. If it’s fall, make sure you coordinate with the tones of fall. Ask your photographer for what colors she likes best for where you’ll be. 


Follow these 8 tips, and your wardrobe is sure to be on point!

Interested in booking your photo shoot in the Chicago area? Contact Liz Binder Photography.

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Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The cozy sweaters, the beautiful colors, the crisp fresh air (and open windows!), the pumpkin spice latte’s (or PSL’s, so delicious they have their own acronym)… it all makes me the happiest girl in the world! Fall is also the time of year when many families decide they want to have their family photos taken. I want to be able to serve as many families as I can which is why I decided to host mini sessions this fall.

What’s the skinny on the minis? They are a quick, easy and fun photo session perfect for families (up to 6 people), couples and even seniors who aren’t interested in a full senior session. They are also great if you just want a few great photos of your children. Sessions are 20 minutes long and include 10-15 fully edited images + an online gallery where you can easily download, share and print all of the high resolution files. The cost is $150 and a $50 deposit is required to book your spot.

Fall mini sessions will take place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in the late afternoon/early evening. They will be held at one of my very favorite locations in Warrenville. There are a limited number of spots available, so be sure to contact me soon if you want to schedule yours. Click here to book your session (they will be filled on a first come, first served basis). And of course, if you want the full experience, I am also booking regular sessions. You can find out more about my full sessions here.

Family of 3 | Lifestyle Family Photographer

Family of 3 | Lifestyle Family Photographer

I absolutely love working with families with their first child. There's something special about getting to capture that awesome milestone of making it through one entire year as a new family of three. The love and adoration of the parents for this little human who has made their family more than just two is so strong. 

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