Ever since having a family of my own I know the stresses and struggles of figuring out What to Wear for Pictures. Whether the pictures were engagement pictures – fast forward to our little ones newborn pictures – then what to wear for family pictures – which included fall, summer, beach, winter, spring…you name it…I was always stressing about what to wear for pictures.
I think most any mom can relate to this stress…right?
I decided that pictures were supposed to be fun and a time to capture our memories of different seasons of life! So I began to refine my process every single time and I want to share my victories with you all.
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What to Wear for Pictures
Use this as a guide to help you love what you are wearing, enjoy family pictures with less stress and to love the memory hanging on your walls for years to come.
There are way too many family arguments that happen in the car on the way to a family photo session due to clothing issues, timing issues or someone isn’t excited to be a part of this idea of moms…I get it…so I’m hoping this guide will help eliminate these issues along the way!
How to use this What to Wear guide?
As you scroll through you will find specific titles which indicate a season of life or season in the year. I honestly have tried not to duplicate any tips…so you’d probably glean a lot from each section…like one section talks about shoes and how important they are…where no other section talks about that…be sure to visit the specific post related to each section as you’ll gain a LOT more info from the actual post.
What to Wear for Family Pictures
Family pictures are super fun when a mom isn’t stressed and a dad will jump on board and have fun…right? One way to have a less stressed mama is to coordinate your families outfits a week or two before your session…then have every one try on their outfits to make sure everything fits and is decent and in order!
Here in this post we are talking all things –What to Wear for Family Photos Meaning coordinating everyone, what colors photograph well and what colors don’t. How many patterns and textures you should aim for as well as consider the entire vibe of your session.
I always suggest that mom picks out her outfit FIRST…let’s face it, as a mom we can be hard to please…as well as hard on ourselves…so get your outfit knocked out first because you’ll be happier knowing you love your outfit. Getting the rest of the family to match or coordinate to mom will be easy compared to choosing an outfit mom loves and is happy with!!
If you [mom] are planning on wearing a dress jump over to see these Stunning Photoshoot Dresses (and ideas!)
We are also chatting about your home decor and how that plays a part into what you should wear for family pictures…and have you considered matching or coordinating your outfits?
Read on –> What to Wear for Family Photos
What to Wear for a Newborn Photo Shoot
One of the most precious seasons in life is welcoming the new addition to the family. A blessing has been born and it’s time to capture this fleeting season in life.
Yet the looming question…what to wear for a newborn photo shoot. If it’s just parents or there are additional siblings – I hope these tips help you choose the right outfits for your photo session.
Are you incorporating patterns into your clothing choice? Who will wear the patterns? What palette or colors scheme are you choosing? Did you know that light colors and neutrals photographer so well? You can read on to get more tips on choosing the right outfits for a newborn photo session.
Read on –> What to Wear for a Newborn Photo Shoot
What to Wear for Family Photos Outside
The color schemes are endless to choose from…but did you know that there are some great color schemes that photograph well outside and others don’t! Yes it’s TRUE!
Consider your location…is your photo session going to be in a calming atmosphere or more of an urban atmosphere? All of those ideas truly play a part into your choice for what to wear for family photos outside.
Don’t go crazy with your colors…but be YOU and you can rock any photo session if you are comfortable and totally YOU!
Read on to find more tips on specific colors and resources –> What to Wear for Family Pictures Outside
What to Wear for Senior Pictures
It’s the season of life to let your personality SHINE! Did you know that one way you can let your personality shine through your Senior pictures is by what you wear, your locations and your props.
You don’t have to wear the latest trending style…they don’t all photograph well…but you should go shopping for a new outfit and solid colors with some floral, plaids or stripes all photograph so nicely! As mentioned in our top 10 Tips for What to Wear for Senior Girls you’ll be able to dig around and get a ton of inspiration – or specifically for What to Wear for Senior Guys Pictures!
There are two TOP tips in this post that I’m going to give you a sneak into here…and that is watch tan lines and wear a tank top…read on to find out WHY!?! –> What to Wear for Senior Pictures
What to Wear for Fall Family Pictures
The weather is beautiful, the foliage is gorgeous and everyone is feeling happy to be outside! The tips for What to Wear for Fall Family Pictures truly are to kick it up a notch but stick to a relaxed and laid back look…unless you are going for a dressy and classy look.
In this article I’m giving you permission to GO SHOPPING! Yep, you’ll feel great in a new outfit…but if you aren’t sure what to shop for I would say:
- Think about layering for fall family pictures – scarves, cardigan, blazers or vests all look great
- Find a color scheme palette and stick with it for everyone
- Fall colors are gorgeous in photos. The deep rich colors of the fall look amazing in pictures.
There is so much more to share for finding the perfect fall outfits for fall family pictures. Read on –>
What to Wear for Spring Family Pictures
Spring time is such a refreshing time for family pictures. The weather is usually so nice and inviting…not to mention everything is budding, coming out and flourishing! The trees are green, the grass is green and the flowers are beautiful – in the right areas!
This season, spring time, is a great time of year to get family pictures made. Yet you are asking yourself what to wear for spring family pictures…I get it…it’s a tricky one! There are so many great new seasonal color schemes to choose from.
Here are my top tips and definitely hop over to this specific post for more direction on choosing your outfits and color scheme for spring pictures.
I always tell my moms/families to choose one base color and then add 2-3 complimenting colors to the base. For instance grey could be your base…it’s a great neutral but you add 2-3 complimenting colors i.e. blush pink and chambray (blue) …this makes a great combo for spring pictures without going overboard on your color scheme.
Having textures is always nice but layering isn’t always the best for spring…a few ways you can “layer” and provide texture is through a kimono or a belt…light weight airy textures and layers can be added for great dimension and depth in your spring family pictures.
Read more here on –> What to Wear for Spring Family Pictures
More specifically you can read on What to Wear for Easter Pictures
What to Wear for Christmas Pictures
Fa-la-la-la-la…Tis the Season! Merry Christmas! Are you curious what the BEST tips on What to Wear for Family Christmas Pictures are?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but family Christmas pictures are actually very popular for more than one reason…the best reason is you are gifting these pictures to loved ones and family…you might even be sending these prints to your friends and family via a Christmas picture card. If this is the case you want your outfits to be superb…right?!
First and foremost we are talking about comfort and ditching scratchy sweaters….
I’m also giving you permission to comb through Pinterest for inspiration on What to Wear for Christmas pictures…
Here –>What to Wear for Christmas Pictures will give you many more tips and guidance as you choose the right outfits…not only for your walls and in your home but for those family/friends gifts and Christmas cards!
What to Wear for Maternity Pictures
Great anticipation is building in your family and what a beautiful season of life to capture pictures. Yet your body is quite different, it’s probably changed A LOT since your last photos and you are racking your brain how to look amazing and asking yourself what to wear for maternity pictures?!
I get it…I’ve been there…it’s no easy task especially when you are about 7-8 months along and feeling a big larger than you actually look or are!!
I sure hope the question of what to wear for your maternity pictures isn’t keeping you away from actually having a photo session…embrace it and you’ll love this session more than ever in years to come!
Through these tips here at –> What to Wear for a Maternity Session we are discussing how to bring out your bump…how many outfits to consider and if you should show off your bare belly or not! All of these points are valid and have probably crossed your mind during this great debate of what to wear!
For more inspiration –> What to Wear for Maternity Pictures
What to Wear for Engagement Pictures
Excitement and love is in the air. Capturing an engagement session can be so so easy for photographers…why?! because you two are super excited to be doing these engagement pictures together! Believe me engagement pictures are so so so much fun from a photographers point of view!!!
Although if you aren’t dressed cute, classy and to the “t” it can make it a challenge…so take these tips on what to wear for engagement pictures and run with it to look amazing in your upcoming pictures.
The biggest tip I hope you glean from this article is to think about you from head to toe…to see our head to toe list head over here –> What to Wear for Engagement Pictures
What to Wear for Family Pictures at the Beach
I know this is last…but it’s probably one of our most popular articles and that is helping you decide on What to Wear for Family Pictures at the Beach. You may live near the beach and have schedule family pictures on your local home front beach…you maybe going on vacation and wanting to capture this memory by scheduling a professional photographer or setting up a tripod and going for it yourself. Either way you’ve made a wise decision to coordinate your outfits to make your family pictures stunning.
There are a TON of amazing tips when it comes to outfit ideas for beach pictures…I love chatting about what colors photograph well on the beach. That is choose beach colors…I love the calm and neutral colors because they belong in this environment!
More deeply in this article — What to Wear for Family Pictures at the Beach we dig into your skin tone and what compliments that as well as taking some action shots…are you doing sunset pictures? that can be a game changer on what to wear for beach pictures so be sure to read on here –> 25 Tips on What to Wear for Beach Pictures
PS if you are on vacation we even talk about when to schedule your family session so not everyone is looking burnt and worn out from vacation-ing!
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, as well as talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little three year old preschooler, Miss E, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure… we love to travel and love being involved in ministry opportunities at our church.