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, 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 Planning 

  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 Esther November 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Such a lovely post, you’re so beautiful together! These are all great tips, and I love the outfits you put together, all of them are perfect for family photos!

    xo, Esther


  • Reply abre a Pestana November 8, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    These photos are so lovely! Great choices! 🙂

    Kisses my dear and have a nice Sunday

  • Reply Jacqueline Rendine November 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    These are great! Perfect for the holiday cards!



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  • Reply Honia Honig November 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    awww, these photos are so cute 🙂 Love them *_* so great style tips 🙂

  • Reply Eden Mint November 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Love these styles, your dress is beautiful by the way. Have a nice weekend 🙂


  • Reply the italian glam November 8, 2015 at 8:12 am

    great tips, baby, you’re so good on mixing colors and patterns…

    happy Sunday


  • Reply Tina Phan November 7, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Aw these are all really great tips! I think pattern mixing and color coordination are key! You’ve got me thinking about Christmas photos now! The last set of outfits is my fave btw!


  • Reply Jessica November 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    This is so cute! 🙂
    ➳ Jessica

  • Reply kelsey bang November 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    amy this is such a sweet post! I love how you wrote how you want to look back at these photos with your kids some day 🙂 you two look amazing!


  • Reply TickleyourVanity November 7, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    These are such a beautiful pictures! They remind me our engagement shoot! You guys look lovely together! 🙂

  • Reply Eniwhere Fashion November 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Amy Ann and congratulations for this beautiful shooting. Your long dress is really nice ad you are a really beautiful family!!! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),

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  • Reply BarBara Sara Štrkalj November 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely post 🙂


  • Reply Nicole November 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! 🙂 you guys make a lovely couple!

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  • Reply Kelsey & Kenecha November 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Very helpful! The photos are stunning x


  • Reply zahra_sandberg November 7, 2015 at 9:05 am

    This is such a great post – I get this question often – what to wear for a photo shoot- from friends and family so I will need to refer them to this post. Also, loving your family photos – you guys look so great together and thank you for sharing your struggle with fertility, I’m sure that was not easy to do but many can relate. Wishing you all the best! xx


  • Reply Dressed2dNines.Com November 7, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Great outfit sets, they all compliment each other without being too matchy matchy! The pics of you and Russ are also gorgeous, loving your fringe boots!


  • Reply bellezzapourfemme November 7, 2015 at 5:38 am

    lovely photo!

    Kisses darling

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  • Reply Valerie Price November 7, 2015 at 12:19 am

    These photos are so cute…and I love your tips! Thanks for sharing!


  • Reply Elizabeth aka Ela November 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    You two look absolutely amazing together! I love the dress with ur fringe booties. My boyfriend and I have never done xmas photos for cards or anything and I don’t think he would be too thrilled if I asked.. lol. But hey I’m sure I could convince him! If I do i’ll be pulling out ur tip guide.

    Great post Amy:-)


  • Reply Chow Down USA November 6, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    You guys are too cute!!

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