5 Tips for Family Picture Outfits

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Tis the season for holiday photo sessions! And getting dressed for those exciting new photos can be stressful. My top 5 tips to dressing your family this holiday season, will have you looking like you stepped out of a magazine in minutes. Now which magazine is up to you.

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1. Dress Mom first

We've all heard the old saying, "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." This is certainly true on picture day. It's especially true since the Mama is the one choosing everyone's wardrobe. Moms, choose your outfit first. When you feel pretty, you are calm and confident. You set the tone for the rest of the family. Then you can choose for everyone else from there. 

 

 

2. Coordinate

Are you a matchy-matchy family or are you a coordinating family? In other words do you all need to wear the same color shirt and pants, or do you like to wear similar colors that go together? Maybe you are somewhere in between.

Everyone in the Cecil family coordinates with shades of purple and navy with differing patterns.

Everyone in the Cecil family coordinates with shades of purple and navy with differing patterns.

The Michalovich family is in-between. The girls match and the boys match, with small variations in pattern.

The Michalovich family is in-between. The girls match and the boys match, with small variations in pattern.

The Lowry girls are all wearing the same color but different styles and textures. I would say they are coordinated.

The Lowry girls are all wearing the same color but different styles and textures. I would say they are coordinated.

The Swanson family is matchy. They are all wearing black shirts and denim.

The Swanson family is matchy. They are all wearing black shirts and denim.

 

3. Dress in Layers

Yep. That's right. Layers. We are used to this concept here in San Diego. Layers add interest. Notice in the Cecil's photos the mom is wearing a scarf and jacket. Thats 2 layers. The daughter is wearing a hat. That is a layer. Dad. He's wearing a white shirt under his button down. And their son. Well he really doesn't need layers. He is wearing a bold pattern.

Jewelry also counts as a layer. For girls, wear necklaces and bracelets. Rings & earrings. For guys it's a little more of a challenge. You can roll up your long sleeve button down. This gives the look of a layer. Wear a watch. They are timeless and add interest. A jacket or flannel work well as layers also.

Guys, if you are tucking your shirt in, be sure to wear a belt. If you are wearing colored pants (not denim) then make sure your socks match your pants. No brown socks with black pants...unless you are the guy who always wears crazy socks. If that's you, awesome. Those crazy socks add interest.

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5. Relax and Have Fun

Family photos are much more than pictures. They are a glimpse into  who you are. Right now. Bring a smile and an attitude of fun. THAT is what will make your photos amazing. No one looks good in a static pose with their "say cheese" smile plastered on their face. Interact. Be silly. Have fun. Enjoy being together. The more you joke around and ham it up, the better your photos will be. And the more you will enjoy seeing them hanging on your walls and in albums.

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4. Texture & Patterns

The Lowry girls are all wearing the same color, but they each have on a different texture. The texture gives interest to their somewhat matching outfits.

Patterns. Keep them to a minimum. If one person in the family is wearing a bold print, keep everyone else low key. Too many patterns can be distracting. When you are taking family photos, you want the focus to be on you, not your outfit. 

 
**No Dads were harmed in the making of these photos. :)

**No Dads were harmed in the making of these photos. :)

I hope you'll join me on Nov 18th for my family mini photo session event. The session fee for holiday photos is $99. This entire amount will be donated to the Monarch School, here in San Diego, serving our cities homeless students. Click below the reserve a spot for your family and Make Spirits Bright this holiday season!

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