family photo shoot outfits

so you booked your family photo shoot, now comes the fun part!  deciding what everyone should wear!  as a photographer who has shot a hundred fall family photo shoots over the past few years, here is what i consider to be the most natural, modern approach to styling your shoot.  i choose not to over style my holiday shoots, and advise clients not to do so with their wardrobe either.  most families (aside from families with newborns) choose to do one professional photo shoot each year.  and i think it’s better to have that shoot represent who they are as a family and who they are as individuals rather than the current season.  showing personalities is much more important than “matching,” so it’s better to focus on coordinating colors and similar styles.  you want to look like you all come from the same family but not necessarily shop at the same store.  i like to pick a color pallet (of at least three colors) that represents us and work from there.  some key words i like to consider are comfy, cozy, playful, warm, easy and casual.  for little guys it’s also very important to not let the clothes overwhelm them.  collared shirts are difficult on babies, as are jeans.  they end up hindering the baby’s movements and making their poses look forced and awkward.  casual knits photograph much better.

my color inspiration is a mug that we use at our house daily.  alex and i got it on our honeymoon in italy.  i think the colors are muted but playful.

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PhotoSessionOutfitsemily: rei felt hat; sam edelman petty bootie; romwe loose cardigan; classic cuts layered necklace

alex: jcrew sunfaded sweatshirt; suede chukka boots; rag and bone jeans

adam: old navy marled cardigan; h&m cords; toms paseo

lake: mini boden fair isle cardigan; gap cord bubble shorts; minnetonka moccasins

here are some other fun color pallet ideas:

kate spade platterkate spade platter


adler phone casejonathan adler phone case

heart print

this gorgeous water color print by micklyn


lulu & georgia’s luna mae rug


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