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

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What to Wear for Family Photos – Fall Example

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What to Wear for Family Photos – Winter Example

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

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  • Reply Shveta Sontakey December 19, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Such an excellent guide for family photos!! It’s always tough coordinating with everyone so these tips are super helpful in getting beautiful family pictures <3


  • Reply Laura December 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    These are such great tips! Family outfit planning for pictures can be hard, but you’ve given some great advice!

  • Reply Laura Boswell December 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    adorable photos! I love the examples you used, and that you have 2 prints and than 1 solid!

  • Reply Katherine Tran December 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Ahhhh cutest photos!!


  • Reply Lesley Kim December 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    I love all these tips!


  • Reply Luci's Morsels December 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    What an excellent and thorough guide for a successfully styled picture! Love the examples you provide to demonstrate your suggestions, such gorgeous family photos!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Reply The Fashion Folks December 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    How cute aren’t these photos?! Love the styling for the whole family too! Xx


  • Reply Britney Crawley December 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    These are great tips! We just took some family photos in November for our Christmas card. I was in a post-baby haze but I think I may have done this somehow subconsciously with our outfits. A true Christmas miracle- hah! I’ll need to remember this for next time. 🙂

  • Reply beautygirl24 December 18, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Great tips! I definitely could have used this guide! We took our first family Christmas photos two weeks ago and I had no clue what to wear so I just winged it! And Nate isn’t really into fashion and I don;t feel right telling him what to wear since I wouldn’t want him directing my clothing choices! It was fun though 🙂 I think that’s the most important part. Your pictures always beautiful!

  • Reply Courtney Hardy December 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I love these tips! I love how your family’s photos turned out. They are so cute.

  • Reply Mica December 18, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Oh these are such cute photos! 🙂 We don’t have family photos often, but we tend to go the simple route when we do. We do have one photo where we got glammed up to the max and put toddler T in this little baby suit, it’s adorable! We are lucky to have so many photos up at home of our boys. I never thought of trying prints, I’ll have to remember this for next time we have photos done! 🙂

    Hope you are having a great week! I’m looking forward to my busy week before Christmas, after we had a relaxing weekend with some beach time on Sunday!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Reply Bag at You December 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Such a fun post and love your tips! You make such a beautiful family! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

  • Reply Joling December 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Beautiful family! Love the floral dresses! Thanks for sharing the tips!

    xo, Joling

  • Reply Akaleistar December 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Love your tips! Your family pics are so sweet 🙂

  • Reply Whitney December 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I struggle with this every year! This year I dressed my husband in the same thing he wore last year by accident only to have to change everything at the last minute! You all look precious in your photos!

    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Reply Jalisa December 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Wow, girl, these are some awesome tips! I honestly wouldn’t have thought of all of this before hand, now I will, haha. All of these photos are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing and I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far!




  • Reply Alina Gavrilov December 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    What a fun post! And love the helpful tips babe! Cutest pictures ever.


  • Reply Lily Ayala December 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    These are some wonderful tips! I love, love, love all of the pictures too, little Ivy is precious!

  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom December 18, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This is very helpful! I never thought of adding 2 prints and a solid (or maybe 2 solids, since we’re a family of 4!).


  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista December 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    These pictures are gorgeous! And how sweet is Ivy Jean, love her headbands <3

    Green Fashionista

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