Finally figured out what you’re going to wear but at a loss for what the rest of your family should put on? This post is for you! Read more to hear about our tips and tricks to prepare for an effortless family session!
We know that between clothes and kids and getting somewhere on time and toys and nap time and that bribe that’s not really a bribe but you just really need your kids to cooperate so you can get your Christmas photo done… well, a photo session can be a lot. We know we’re lucky to work with couples and families who truly value photographs, who know how important capturing the fleeting moments of young ones’ laughter, of their fingers curled around your own, of those sweet little hugs is.
So we wanted to make crossing the preparation for your session off of your to-do list that much easier. Here are our top three rules for preparing for a family session with kids:
Rule #1: Matchy-matching is so 1990.
Don’t try and get away with the white shirts and jeans look. Don’t do it! We know your favorite family photo growing up has all of you sitting diagonally on the stairs wearing those matching outfits, and we also know that you secretly make fun of it a little bit. It doesn’t have to be that way! If you get stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do when it comes to clothing colors and choices, move onto Rule #2.
Rule #2: Complimentary is key.
As we mentioned in our lifestyle photography post, when planning an at-home session with your family, we suggest picking complimentary — not matching — pieces. The easiest way to do this by picking a color palette and sticking to it. For example, picture a color palette of greys, blues, and creams. Maybe you wear a light blue dress with a cream, polka-dotted scarf while your partner wears a grey and blue plaid button up with jeans. Your oldest wears a cream dress with a blue hairband while your youngest wears a grey vest over a cream shirt with jeans. In this way, you’re not all matching, but you’ve picked complimentary colors to plan around, and you can add some interest with accessories.
Rule #3: Switzerland.
When in doubt, we recommend sticking to 2-3 palettes that include lots of neutrals. Creams, greys, and browns go with almost everything, and if you want to bring in one or two other colors, like greens or blues with a pattern or accessory, that will work so well. We want the focus of our photographs to be you, not your clothing! Keep it clean and neutral so that what really stands out is your love!
Want to see how we plan out outfits for our own family sessions? Watch this video! I walk you through planning our own family session and then share a few photos of how it came out at the end!
Hoping to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe in preparation for your session? We put together this board of some of our favorite clothing ideas for you! Click on the photo below and use it when picking out your new pieces for your session and you’re sure to end up with gorgeous photos in your home!
Have questions? Always feel free to contact us! We would be glad to help you prepare for your session!