Plan your outfits in advance  

The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be, especially if it's a family shoot with young children.  


Choose coordinating colours, not matching  

Knowing what colours to wear for a photoshoot can be tricky. Start off with colours that coordinate well. You can accomplish a cohesive look without everyone wearing the exact same outfit. By selecting a colour scheme and using hues that complement each other, you can achieve a more natural all round look. Pick two main colours and then add softer tones to accent and complete your colour scheme. 


Consider your home decor 

You’ll want to consider your home decor style when picking your outfits for the photoshoot. Since a few of these photos will most likely be hanging on your walls, make sure that the clothing you select compliments the colour scheme of your home. 


Keep location in mind 

Another important factor to consider when trying to decide on outfits, is the location of your photoshoot. Are you going to be on the beach where there are plenty of neutral tones, or in a park surrounded by bright foliage? Select a colour palette for your outfits that will complement the background and not compete with it. 


Pick out accessories to add texture to your photos 

Accessories are great style pieces that add to your individual outfits and can even tie family members’ outfits together. For example, if Dad is wearing a red and black plaid coat then adding a plaid hat to your daughter’s outfit will tie the pattern in for a more cohesive feel. Accessories will also give your photos variation. Think scarves, hats, gloves and belts. 


Limit distracting patterns and large logos  

Articles of clothing with abstract patterns, strong prints or bright logos, will distract from the subject (you & your family), and overpower the photo. Avoid items that clash and stick to one pattern or textural element. 


Lay each family member’s outfit together while planning 

This way you’ll have a better idea about how the pieces will look next to each other. You will easily be able to see what works and what doesn’t. Plus, this way, you can make sure that you’re not missing any essential clothing items. 


Select outfits that will make for a timeless portrait 

Styles come and go but, photos are forever. If all else fails, go for the timeless, classic outfits! 


I have put together a few Pinterest boards with outfit ideas for couples-, family- and maternity shoots. You can find them by clicking on the button below.