What to Wear for Family Pictures – With Seasonal Examples!

December 18, 2017

Deciding what to wear for family photos can be a daunting task even for a fashion lover like me. My love for fashion just might be surpassed by my love for photos. There is something about them that is so special to me. I love documenting life in photos, so it is really important to me to take family photos. I’m thankful Russ obliges me and that we’ve been able to take photos as a couple, maternity announcement photos, pregnancy photos, family photos when Ivy Jean was six months old, family photos when she was one year old, and more recently family pictures with my extended family. That was a really special photo session as we hadn’t done that since my sister and I had both had kids.

Anyway, I think you get the point. I love pictures. It’s that time of year when we are all thinking about family Christmas pictures for Christmas cards, so I thought I would share a few tips I go by when planning outfits for everyone.

What to Wear for Family Pictures

  1. Pick one main print first – I start with one outfit (usually either mine or Ivy Jean’s because, let’s face it, Russ is the easy one). This outfit is the one that I will pull other colors, prints, and looks from. So start with a print! Depending on the season and look you are going for in the photos, I usually go with a floral or a plaid. These are classic prints that over time you won’t look back and regret.
  2. Pick a second, coordinating print – You don’t want the photos to only have one print. Print mix like a pro! It’s easy if you stick to similar colors and patterns that go well together. Stripes and checks are always safe. This is when men are always easy. It’s generally easy to pick a stripe, gingham, or check button up shirt for them in a coordinating color that will work well with your first print.
  3. Using your two prints pick one or two other solid colors to add in for others – Depending on how many other people you have to style, add in one or two other solid colors from your prints. Pick up colors in your prints that will be flattering and easy to add in. Think blues (even chambray), creams, greys, burgundy, browns (khaki), etc.
  4. Add interest with accessories and layers – Think how cute babies are in hats! What about a scarf for the mama? A vest for the adorable little boy. Does dad need a sweater over his button up?
  5. Mix up your neutrals – If dad is wearing jeans, should brother wear khakis? Pictures look visually better if there is some differentiation between family members who are all standing beside each other. Keep in mind you want it to all flow though. Denim and khakis are neutral but will break things up.

What to Wear for Family Photos – Warm Weather Example

what to wear for family photos warm weather example, tips on how to plan outfits for family pictures

What to Wear for Family Photos – Fall Example

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What to Wear for Family Photos – Winter Example

what to wear for family photos winter example

Special thanks to Randy Yeats Photography for all these amazing photos!

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  • Reply The Adored Life December 18, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I LOVE this so much! I hope it goes viral on Pinterest because so many photographers get asked this all the team and this is an amazing resource.

    The Adored Life

  • Reply Hillory Renkema December 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Omg this is such a great post — I never know what to wear for family photos!!




  • Reply Gold Coast Girl December 18, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Such a cute post and love these tips!

  • Reply Karly @ Miss in the Midwest December 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

    These are fantastic tips! I’ll be pinning to save this for later. Picking outfits for photos can be so daunting.

  • Reply Jodie Filogomo December 18, 2017 at 8:35 am

    What a great way to look at this subject, Amy!!! It’s true how too much in the picture can be hard to focus on the people!! Of course when you have such a wonderful family, like you do—it’s perfect!!!

  • Reply Shauna C December 18, 2017 at 7:52 am

    All of these pics are super cute 🙂 Adore those dot tights!



  • Reply The Glossychic December 18, 2017 at 7:12 am

    these photos are so lovely
    The Glossychic

  • Reply Simone December 18, 2017 at 6:31 am

    Your family photos are so adorable! Love your tips, very useful.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  • Reply theblackblush blog December 18, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Such a great and original post! You all look gorgeous!
    Happy holidays!

    The Black Blush

  • Reply Biana Perez December 18, 2017 at 5:52 am

    You guys nailed all three looks but can we talk about little miss and her fabulous jacket in the 3rd photo!! Amazing! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Mes Voyages à Paris December 18, 2017 at 5:50 am

    LOVE this post!! You have such an amazing family!


    Mónica Sors



  • Reply One Swainky Couple December 18, 2017 at 5:43 am

    So cute! What a great post idea! Love how you gave such clear and easy examples!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

  • Reply Living on Cloud Nine December 18, 2017 at 5:25 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Ivy Jean in her buffalo plaid..oh my cuteness!!! You model gorgeous people you! love these, love your tips. Oh how we need to get ours professionally done next year! Happy festive Monday!

  • Reply Duchess of Fashion December 18, 2017 at 5:25 am

    Your family is adorable beyond words Amy! Merry Christmas!


  • Reply Rachel McCarthy December 18, 2017 at 5:06 am

    These are all great tips for family photos, and I love that you have seasonal examples! I love Ivy Jean’s outfit in the last photo, how cute! And of course I love your polka dot tights. Happy Monday, Amy Ann!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • Reply Meagan Brandon December 18, 2017 at 5:04 am

    What a great post! I adore all of your family photos, especially the one on the blanket in the field! Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season 🙂


  • Reply Natali December 18, 2017 at 3:39 am

    You guys are such a cute trio!! Love these photos and your tips are on point!


  • Reply Currently Wearing December 18, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Ohhh, thank you for sharing Amy Ann. This is so helpful. Especially now before Christmas!

  • Reply Rachelle December 18, 2017 at 1:22 am

    You are a pro at this, these pics are so cute.


  • Reply Publicist in Pearls December 18, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Such a great and creative post! Love your formula to the perfect family portrait! You have such a beautiful family!

    xo, Jennifer

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