Tips to shine in your fall family photos: DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE! | Calgary family photography

Having family photos done is an investment – of time, energy and money. But it’s a worthwhile one!

So, naturally, you want to be sure that you’re making the most out of your session…and this starts with deciding what to wear.

Choosing what to wear for your family photos doesn’t have to be complicated. Often, we have everything we need already in our closets! But it does take a bit of coordination.

With these simple tips you can be sure to shine in your fall family photos! 


Things To Consider:

  • Wear something comfortable. This is simple yet important – especially for kids! Everyone has more fun when they’re comfortable, which results in better photos. If you’re wearing stiff or scratchy clothes then you’ll likely spend most of the photo session just thinking about getting out of them!
  • Wear something that makes you feel like you. Photos should be a reflection of your true personality, not what you think you “should” wear…as much. This is why I recommend that people start with what’s already in their closets. It’s always nice to buy something new for your family photos, but it’s definitely not a necessity.
  • Use complimentary colours and don’t be afraid to add in different textures or patterns/prints. Many people are worried about mixing patterns and prints. A general rule of thumb is to start with the busiest outfit (in this case the girl’s dress) and then build everyone else’s outfits around that.
  • Add to your outfits by accessorizing with jewelry, scarfs, headbands, belts and shoes, etc. Accessories always add that extra little touch. Don’t forget to pay attention to your shoes/boots. They often bring an outfit together.
  • Layers add interest and are great because they allow you to have versatility in your photos (as you can take off sweaters, etc.).

Try to Avoid:

  • Logos and/or cartoons on shirts as they can be distracting and can really date your photos. This one is geared towards the kids – we know that they love images on shirts! But will they love that same image a year from now?
  • Fluorescent or really bright colours as they can leave colour casts on your skin. Fluorescent colours also play tricks with cameras – they typically don’t show up in print as they do in person – so it’s best to just leave them at home on your picture day.
  • Everyone wearing the same colour or the same thing. It’s great to coordinate your outfits but don’t be too “matchy matchy.” The days of everyone in white shirts and khaki pants are a thing of the past. Have fun adding some colour and variety to your photos!
  • Wearing clothes that are too baggy. This is another one mainly for the kids (but adults take heed as well). We have a tendency to buy clothes that our kids can grow into – which is great for the family budget – but not so great for your family photos.

Finally, HAVE FUN coordinating your outfits! And remember – you look FABULOUS. True story.

If you’ve love these tips, be sure to download the grab & go guide so you can reference it for your next photo session.

Kate Daniel is a Calgary, Alberta based natural light, lifestyle photographer focusing on family, children and baby photos.

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