5 Tips for Family Photo Outfit Planning

November 6, 2015

This past weekend, I took some photos for my friend Emily and her family. In turn, they took some of Russ and me. Besides being a lover of all things photos and documenting life through them,ย it’s that time when we all start thinking about Christmas cards. Even as a fashion lover, I find outfit planning for photos a little intimidating. I mean, only everyone we know is going to see this?! Last year around this same time, I styled some boards for Jami Leavitt of Photography by Jami Leavitt to share on her blog (see the post here). I thought I would take the opportunity to share a few of our pictures, the boards, and 5 tips for family photo outfit planning. I’m so happy to be married to this man. He makes me laugh. He gets me. Going through infertility these past two years (almost) has been something neither of us expected. It’s challenged our marriage and our faith and made us grow closer. I love having these photos because some day we’ll look back on this time with our kids and tell them all about our journey.

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Dress c/o WAYF // Fringe Boots: Sam Edelman

Jeans: J.Crew Factory // Shirt: J.Crew (slim fit) // Shoes: Cole Haan (similar)

5 Tips for Family Photo Outfit Planningย 

  1. Pattern Mix – Mixing different patterns is a wonderful way to visually mix things up. Instead of pattern mixing on one person, make sure to mix and match patterns on a couple people. Patterns should be complimentary in color. For example, I have a floral/paisley pattern with some browns in it which compliments well with Russ’s brownish checked shirt.
  2. Avoid Bold Colors – It’s easy to coordinate more people when no one person has on a bold color. Additionally, neutrals are more visually appealing in photos and chances are you won’t hate it in two years if you play it safe. Your versatility can come from the pattern and accessories.
  3. Pick Complimentary Colors – You don’t want everyone to wear the same color for visual interest, so choose a couple that work well together and weave them through your various outfits. Using different shades of the same color is a great way to do this when you have multiple people. For example, Russ and I mainly are wearing blues and browns of different shades.
  4. Choose Classic Pieces – For your main items, pick something classic. Not only will your photo look classy, but it will be more timeless and easier to match with others.
  5. Add Fun Accessories – We don’t want this to be boring! Consider adding a fun shoe like my fringe boots, a statement necklace, a cute hat or bow on the kids, etc.

Outfit Examples – Dressy & Casual

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  • Reply Paulina November 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I’m loving the pattern mix one! Great idea for some contrast in photos!



  • Reply Marta C November 6, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Great post Amy Ann & love these sweet pics of you and your hubby!!

  • Reply WhatWouldVWear November 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    So sweet! Love those pictures of you and Russ! You two make a great couple, and wonderful tips too! Thanks for sharing!
    Happy weekend, beautiful heart!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Reply Danielle November 6, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I love these photos of you and Russ! You look so cute together! These are very useful tips. Have a great weekend!


  • Reply PetiteSilverVixen @petitevix November 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    What gorgeous photos of you both. I love the one of you looking over your shoulder at Russ (not that Russ isn’t lovely to look at too you understand!), just the look on your face as both of you are walking between the flowers is so beautiful.


  • Reply Vanessa @ Living in Steil November 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Your photos are stunning and I love these tips!


  • Reply Alyssa Thomas November 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Gorgeous photos and great tips!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

  • Reply Jill November 6, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Beautiful photos! You and Russ look amazing! These are great tips for outfit planning for holiday photos!

    Doused In Pink

  • Reply Ladyofashion November 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Such cute photos of you two. It’s been a while since we’ve done photos and family cards as well, so great tips. <3 /Madison

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft November 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Great photos!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kathy November 6, 2015 at 8:27 am

    I love all these ideas Amy Ann. I have to admit I usually just send out a picture of my kids these days. The more people in the photo the harder it seems to take. I love these pictures of you and Russ. You look great together. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a great weekend.


  • Reply Gina Daily November 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    You two could not be any more gorgeous!! These photos turned out beautifully, and you pretty much read my mind because this is the time of year we take our holiday photos. Love the outfit inspiration boards!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  • Reply Kelly Kalinkewicz November 6, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Loved these tips! With our engagement photos coming up in Spring this was super helpful! That dress has been on my wish list! Looks gorgeous on you!


  • Reply Aracely November 6, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Great tips and love the options. You guys look great.

  • Reply Rach November 6, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one that still gets intimidated for photo outfits! You guys look great and love the pattern mixing! Totally agree with your tips!


  • Reply Zelle Brown November 6, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Gorgeous – love your tips! We did quick family photos this past weekend as well and everyone stuck with the same color palette.

    Southern Style

  • Reply Blaire Bingham November 6, 2015 at 6:42 am

    These are great tips and your pictures turned out beautifully! Have a great weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Natali November 6, 2015 at 4:50 am

    You’re such a beautiful couple and I absolutely love your stylish outfits!! Photos turned out perfectly too!!


  • Reply Rachelle November 6, 2015 at 4:26 am

    you guys look so good, great tips!


  • Reply Kirstie November 6, 2015 at 4:12 am

    This is such a useful post! I never thought about planning/coordinating what everyone wears before. I’m sure I’ll be calling on this post for future reference,=.

    Kirstie | http://www.kimamelybeauty.com

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