Outfits? Colours? What should we wear?

“What should I wear for my photoshoot? How should I dress my family?

These are questions everybody asks. There are so many outfits and colours to choose from but you should always wear what’s comfortable. There are lots of different ways to effectively create a unified, cohesive look that is pleasing to the eye without dressing everyone in the same outfits.

Here are a few ways you can do this:

  1. Choose 4 colours to mix and match between your family members without necessarily matching everyone in identical outfits. Here is a Pinterest board of outfit combination ideas and colour palettes that work well together.

If one person has a patterned outfit it’s a good idea to dress the rest of the family in solid colours so it’s not too overwhelming. (A pattern that’s too bold and busy can attract attention away from your face and that’s where you want attention to be drawn to.)

Autumn photo shoots like the one below are great with darker colours and small pops of yellow to pick up the yellowing autumn leaves in surrounding trees.

The 4 colours this family mixed and matched among themselves, were navy blue, light grey, yellow and blue.

Boots and a scarfs are great accessory choices for ladies and while the little girl has a patterned dress on, it’s not overwhelming as everyone else is wearing solid colour clothing.

Smiley Day Photography Autumn family walk2. Dress in the same outfits in different colours.

Wintry settings are often dull and dark with leafless trees and brown long grass so dressing in bright primary colours will help your family stand out.

This family’s matching element was the same style coat in different colours.  (They joked about it perhaps seeming a bit cheesy but I think it was a great way to create a sense of unity.)  Wellies are practically a good choice when there’s been some rain and there’s a bit of mud about and they look great too. They all brought along woolly hats too which were a great accessory for an outfit change for a bit of variety.

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3. A great colour choice for Spring photo shoots is pastel shades,  as these shades complement the beautiful light green new leaves and buds which full the backgrounds of country locations.

This family’s colour palette was pastel pink, light grey, denim blue and a pop of coral.

They cross mixed and matched colours among themselves effectively:

the girls had matching cardigans, the dad’s pastel pink shirt matched the girls’ pink cardigans, the mum and son had matching denim jackets, the mum’s grey top under the denim jacket was also light grey and matched the son’s grey shirt and the one daughter’s grey dress.  The son’s hat was a great accessory to have along as it landed up also being used to collect dandelion flowers. The jackets and cardigans were great clothing items for layering and could be removed for subtle outfit changes as the morning warmed up. Even the scarf was removed and laid in the grass to lie on.

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4. For a Summer family shoot, cool colours are a good choice – light and dark blues with denim and a patterned shirt on the dad.  The boys’ matching shoes, socks, braces and shorts brought cohesion to the group, while their unique shirt styles and colours is just what was needed to suggest the individuality of each individual.  Notice how the patterned shirt on the father isn’t distracting as  it is coupled with solid colour tops on the rest of the family. All the boys and their dad had matching hats which were great accessories to remove or wear backwards for subtle outfit changes.

Family photoshoot Surrey

In Summary the most important thing is that you’re happy in yourself! These are going to be your photos to hang on a wall in your home and these are tips to help you.

There are a few outfit and colour choices to avoid

  1. Rather avoid wearing something with writing on as one’s eyes are automatically immediately drawn to read what’s written, instead of being drawn to your eyes.
  2. It’s best not to dress everyone in jeans and white T-shirts as this is an outdated trend.
  3. Too many bold colours or busy patterns will most likely be a bit busy and distracting.
  4. Outfits that are too tight or wear shoes that aren’t suitable to the terrain (e.g. high heels for a hike in muddy terrain.) can feel a bit uncomfortable or give you blisters and you won’t have a genuine smile if you’re in pain.
  5. Don’t forget to enjoy yourselves!


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