what to wear for family portraits
March 28, 2019

What the #$*@! should we wear for family portraits? I’m so glad you asked ?

One of the unexpected joys I’ve experienced since becoming a parent is how much fun I have dressing my kids. I mean not actually getting them dressed — that part can be a PITA. But buying nice clothes for them and enjoying how cute they look in their outfits — that part has been fun.

But as I’ve focused on my kids’ clothes, my attention to my own wardrobe has diminished. My daughter is dressed better than me pretty much every day. ?? And shout out to all the moms who wear leggings every day! I am one of you! Utility and comfort for the win!

My mom uniform is fine for school drop-off and getting thrown up on, but when I need to dress for a special occasion, I realize how little I’ve focused on myself when it comes to clothes. Dressing nicely is a form of self-care that can fall by the wayside when your kids are little.

I’m forced to confront this when I take my family’s annual self-portrait. I step into my clients’ shoes and go through the process of deciding what we should wear. Picking my kids’ clothes is easy because I’ve already been buying them nice clothes throughout the year. My husband’s outfit is easy because he pretty much always wears black or gray. But what the @#$!* am I supposed to wear?

After going through this process a few times in a way that was more difficult than it needed to be, I figured out a formula for success when it comes to selecting outfits for a family portrait. So, I wrote it all down in a guide, which includes my best tips, a before and after, and a discussion of several photos and color palettes to figure out why the outfits work.

Scroll down to request a copy of my free wardrobe guide!

  1. Amber says:

    Love you guide!

  2. Gillian says:

    Great post!

  3. Jenelle says:

    I love your guide! And you are hilarious. It’s true. Kids are so easy to dress and I often find myself trying to fit into their cute outfit scheme. I should follow my own advice to clients and pick MY outfit first. Maybe next time!

  4. Linda says:

    My kids dress so much better than me too, haha! I’d love to see your guide!

  5. Yvette says:

    Would love your guide <3

  6. […] So back to lifestyle family photography. As a hybrid of traditional posed portraits and documentary style, the lifestyle genre captures authentic moments and interactions but usually with the photographer giving direction on things like posing and location, as well as interacting with the family to elicit genuine moments. Maybe a little wardrobe guidance. […]


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