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What to wear to your family photo shoot.

One of the biggest worries mums have when booking a family photo shoot is what to wear.

  • Coordinate but don’t match

    When choosing clothes to wear for your photo session, I like to start out with a basic colour palette and go from there. It can help to have one “rock star” in the photos who carries a pattern in their outfit that the rest of the group’s clothing or accessories pulls

    It can help to have one member of the family who stands out (often the youngest) who has a pattern in their outfit that the rest of the family’s clothing are more simple but coordinate with the above.

    You can do this with a neutral and a few colorful brights, or try a softer palette that has different tonal ranges of the same shades.

  • Accessorise

    Add Scarves, hats, flowers in the hair for girls, jewellery, sweaters, vests, jackets, etc. – accessories can add depth to your images and make them feel “complete.”

    But don’t let the accessories take over the subject or the photos though. Small bow in hair rather than big, jewellery that adds a touch of elegance rather than draws the eye towards the item.

    Our aim is for your personalities to shine through rather than what your wearing being the centre of attention.

  • Layers and textures

    Adding Layers and textures to your outfits can be really beautiful and create interest in photos.

    One why to add textures with different materials such as – tweed, crochet and embroidery details, lace, hand knit items, smocking, ribbons, ruffles, etc.

    A great thing about layers is we can remove items during the shoot to add a different look to your photographs, without having to change the whole outfit.

  • All important shoes

    I normally advise my clients to wear comfortable shoes and I normally advise against trainers  – unless we’re talking about some funky Converse that goes with the feel of the session.

    Your choice of shoes can make or break an outfit. Slipping on a pair of hip, distressed boots or some colourful ballet flats can tie everything together and complete the feel of the session.

    Think about coordinating the colour of your shoes with your accessories to tie your whole outfit together.