1 - You (and your family) have fashion down pat. Whether you are a fashionista and are hip to the latest styles, or you like to set your own trends and your outfits perfectly represent you, you've got the whole clothing options taken care of.
2 - When it comes to picking great outfits for your family that at least look decent together, You. Have. No. Idea.
If you are lucky #1, then you can just go ahead and read this article about awesome outdoor family session locations instead. :-) But if you're more like #2 (or, anywhere kind of in between...), then read on, friend!
Okay, so, each session is different and should reflect your family's style. If you're not quite sure what your family's "style" is - that's okay! Here are some tips to help you choose outfits that are simple, timeless, and just plain look good together.
1. Family outfits should be coordinated, but not matchy-matchy.
Think in terms of complimentary colors and color families and avoid wearing all the same color or outfit. You might think your family looks cute all in jeans and brown shirts, but really, it's not. Hate to break it to ya. Don't be afraid to mix it up a bit! :-) Some of my favorite color combinations are yellows and greys, purples and oranges, and peacock colors.
The LaRue Family took the colors in their son's shirt (oranges, purples, mint green) and pulled outfits together that coordinated perfectly. (Okay, we all know by now that Lindsay definitely falls into the first category of people! She definitely has a well-defined fashion sense!)
2. Make photos more interesting with layers and textures and yes, even patterns.
Besides complimentary colors, accessories can easily add interest to your photos. Scarves, jewelry, hats, suspenders, cardigans, boots, etc. can all give a creative and unique splash to your photos. That bright blue dress your daughter is wearing? Tie in your grey dress with a bright blue scarf! And I'm sure you've heard it a million times - Say No To Patterns. But I'm here to tell you that's not true! A dress with a bold pattern, or a button down shirt with checks or stripes can work really well. Just make sure not EVERYONE is wearing patterns. Mix them with more subtle solids to create great texture in your photos.
The Harder Family totally rocked their outfits in their family session. This is a great example of combining a few bolder patterns and textures with some more simple pieces to create a well-balanced but interesting look. Fall and winter are especially great for this because there are so many fun options - from boots to scarves to cable knit sweaters.
3. Pick an accent piece and build off of that.
Not really sure where to start? Pick one outfit or piece that really catches your attention and focus on that for inspiration. Take your son's plaid shirt and pull color combinations from it, or tie in a pattern from your favorite blouse. When your inspiration all comes from the same source, your outfits will look cohesive and you will win Mom of the Year! Easy as that!
For outfit inspiration, The Berra Family started with Ellen's bold dress, with it's modern pattern and color scheme. Pulling the red and blue for mom and dad, and adding a complimentary plaid shirt for Thomas, made for a nice, well put together outfit collection.
These tips are a good place to start for when you're not sure what to wear for your family session. Don't worry if you are totally clueless about fashion, though. We are more than happy to help you coordinate outfits. Feel free to send us pictures of options, or if convenient, we'd be psyched to go through your closet with you!
For more family outfit inspiration, check out our Pinterest page! We have lots of suggestions and visuals there to help guide you through your family's closets!