What to Wear to your Family Session

Where to start…

Start with a location! Will the session take place in an urban setting? On a beach? Or in the mountians? Envision what you want your session to look like and even browse Pinterest for family sessions to get some good inspiration and if nothing else a starting point.

For the purpose of this guide, I’m going to use a fake family for an example. A mom, dad, a girl and a boy. Their session will be out in nature in the mountains and mom is wanting a timeless and elegant look without getting too dressy.

Mom…

When starting to figure out what wear to family sessions I almost always start with Mom! Us moms are notoriously hard on ourselves, so it is very important for us to feel comfortable and beautiful when in front of the camera! So, what do you envision for your family photos? Think about location as well. Being out in nature do you see yourself in a long flowy dress blowing in the wind? Or if you are going for a more urban look maybe jeans and a t-shirt with a cute jacket? Pick your outfit first!!

For my fake family, as stated above their session will be out in nature and she is wanting an easy, timeless look. I found this dress below from the website Baltic Born, which is a favorite online shop when looking for dresses for Mom or maternity dresses as well! This dress is a great option to pull colors from, covers moms arms (which is a common area of concern) and is something that would be beautiful on different body types. Once I find the perfect dress I snap shot it and paste it into a program like word or pages.

Daughter…

My next step after finding moms perfect outfit is the daughter. I usually start with the hardest to dress and go to the easiest. Where little boys typically can wear solids, girls have many more options with dresses, rompers, skirts, pants, etc. So, I will pull some colors from moms dress and scour the internet My favorite shops for little girls are Gap, Old Navy, Zara, Joyfolie and even Target has some great options. In the dress above I love the idea of a blush or cream dress for a little girl so I will start there.

I pull a few different options, the reason why I do this is when we pick the son’s outfit and dads, it is good to have options. You can see I pulled out colors from Mom’s dress and was really thoughtful about the texture. I also imaging what they will wear on their feet. Cute ankle booties or strappy sandals would be perfect for any of these! Also, think about layers, a cute sweater or denim jacket would be adorable with these. The dresses above are from GAP, Joyfulie, Zara, and Joyfulie.

Now that we have options for the little girl, the next step is the little boy!

Son…

For the little guys of the family, and for a mountain session I’m thinking long pants, a t-shirt with a shirt over or a long sleeved shirt. My go to shops for boys are definitely Old Navy, Gap or Target. So that is where I will start. I again want to pull colors from mom’s dress and I’m thinking the olive green in the leaves.

Again a couple of different options, and again think layers! These options would both be perfect with a simple white t-shirt and some high top shoes. I also feel like either of these options would go with any of the girls options above. The boys options I pulled from Old Navy for the button up and both pant options and Amazon for the jacket. Old Navy always has great (inexpensive) options for shoes for boys as well.

Dads…

And last but not least it’s Dad’s turn!! Dads are pretty easy to find things for and usually have a type they won’t deter from. I picked olive skinny jeans for my husband one year and you should have seen his face when I showed him, needless to say, he went with jeans and a t-shirt. For this example family I’m doing, I would say a gray or navy sweater or hoodie. Something pretty neutral that will go with all the other options.

Make it easy and keep with their style. It’s usually hard enough for them to go along with pictures so putting them in something they would never wear is probably not the best idea for a good attitude ;). All the options above are from Old Navy.

Put it all together…

Does it feel good? Is something off? Play with all the options until it feels right and I promise, once it feels right it usually is right! Also another thing to keep in mind, think of who will be in what photos. Mom and kids, kids together, Dad and kids, Mom and Dad and make sure the pieces look good split up as well as all together. Although I didn’t in this example, don’t be afraid to mix patterns. I like to make sure if I have a larger pattern I put a smaller pattern with it and some solids mixed in. And most importantly, keep it you and have fun with it! This should not be a stressful process and if it becomes one, reach out, I’m here to help!

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