Clothing Catastrophes: What to Avoid When Choosing Outfits for Your Family Photo Shoot

March 31, 2023

As professional family photographers, clients often ask us for advice on what to wear for their family photo session. While we are happy to provide recommendations, it is also helpful to know what to avoid when making fashion choices. Here are some things to avoid when choosing outfits for your family photo:

Avoid overly bright colors: Opt for softer or muted tones instead.

Bright colors can be eye-catching, but in a family photo, they can take away the focus from the people in the photo. Neon colors, in particular, can affect the color balance of the photo and make it look unnatural. Instead, choose softer or muted tones that complement each other. It is always easier to create a cohesive look with softer and muted tones. If you’re not sure what color scheme to choose, consider earth tones or jewel tones, as they tend to work well in family photos.

Avoid loud patterns and graphic tees: Choose simple patterns or solid colors.

Loud patterns and graphic tees can be distracting in a photo, drawing attention away from the family. Simple patterns or solid colors are often a better choice, creating a cohesive look without detracting from the overall image. If you do choose patterns, make sure they are not too busy and don’t clash with each other.

Avoid dark colors: Opt for lighter colors that complement your skin tone.

While darker colors can be slimming and elegant, they can also wash out the subjects in a photo and make them look less vibrant. Instead, opt for lighter colors that complement your skin tone and create a bright and lively image. If you have fair skin, consider wearing pastels or light neutrals. If you have darker skin, try wearing bolder colors like red or navy blue.

Avoid all-matching outfits: Choose colors that complement each other without being too similar.

While it may be tempting to dress the whole family in matching outfits, this can often look contrived and take away from the natural look of the photo. Instead, choose colors that complement each other and create a cohesive look without being too matchy-matchy. You can choose a color scheme and have everyone wear a different shade or choose complementary colors to create a harmonious look.

Avoid ill-fitting clothing: Choose clothing that fits well and flatters your body type.

Ill-fitting clothing can make the subjects in a photo look uncomfortable and self-conscious. Choosing clothing that fits well and flatters your body type is important to creating a confident and comfortable look in the photo. Take the time to try on clothes before your photo session to make sure they fit well and make you feel good.

Avoid clothing with large logos or text: Less is more when it comes to patterns and designs.

Clothing with large logos or text can be distracting in a photo, taking away from the overall look and feel of the image. Simple and classic pieces are often a better choice, creating a timeless look that will stand the test of time. If you want to add some visual interest to your outfit, consider accessorizing with a scarf, hat, or jewelry.

In summary, when choosing clothing for a family photo session, consider the color choices, patterns, and overall style of the outfits. Avoiding bright and neon colors, loud patterns and graphic tees, dark colors, all-matching outfits, ill-fitting clothing, and clothing with large logos or text will help you create a timeless and elegant look that will be cherished for years to come. As professional family photographers, we are always happy to offer advice on clothing choices and styling to ensure that your family photo session is a success.