My top tips for styling your family photoshoot!

I have put together some of my top styling tips to simplify the process and ensure your outfits will compliment your photos when they are displayed in your home.

As a full service photography studio we are here to help you every step of the way, from planning your session right thru to the collection of your art work. 

I’m a big believer the the closer we work together in planning your session, the more you will LOVE your photos! 

Think of the colours and tones in your home....

Choosing the right colours is important when deciding what you and your family will wear at your photoshoot. 

Our end goal is that you will display your family’s photos on your walls. 

With this in mind we take many things into account when helping you decide what to wear during your photoshoot.

Once you’ve decided on a location we can then start thinking about what colours will compliment the landscape of the location and your home. 

If your home is filled with neutral finishes, you’d likely want to stick with a neutral palette when selecting your outfits. 

Choosing a colour palette......

I recommend choosing a colour palette that will suit your home and your style; then select outfits for the entire family based on that colour scheme. For example, Autumn tones such as rust orange, mustards and creams. This is a very popular choice, especially for filed locations. 

Greys, navy’s and creams for example work beautifully at the beach. 

If you have lots of neutral tones in your home, then I would suggest wearing neutral, earthy coloured tones. These tones compliment all skin tones and will not date over time.

Please try and avoid wearing bright white clothing. it can be distracting in your finished photos and draws the viewers eye to the brightness, as opposed to looking at the love and connection shared in your family’s photo.

For Mum's...the STAR of the show!

Mum you are going to be the star of the show, and so I always recommend you choose your outfit first. I know as a Mum we are often the ones behind the camera….and so it is really important that we make you exist in these photos and really capture your love and connection with your family!!

Essentially we want you to feel beautiful and comfortable. If I could dress every Mum in a maxi dress for her photo shoot I would…..and here are my reasons why 

  • They are really comfortable
  • They allow you sit down comfortably, especially if you have young children climbing over you during the session
  • When there is a little breeze the movement in them adds that element of fun and interest to your photos.
  • There are so many different styles, patterns and designs that there is one for everyone! Off the shoulder, backless, ruffled sleeves etc….these things all add interest and a bit of fun to your styling!
  • You wont need to worry about what shoes to wear, as they will hardly be seen.

 

My favourite on line store for Maxi dresses and skirts is August the Label They also have Mummy & Me sets which are super cute!

Hair and Make-up

If you are going to invest in a professional photography session, you might like to consider investing in professional hair and make up too! 

Wether you do it yourself or have it done professionally, keep your make up simple and neutral. We want your session to be relaxed, casual and fun, so we want your hair and make up to reflect this too!

For long hair, I always suggest to wear it down with loose curls. I love the way a soft breeze and beautiful light can add so much interest and glow to your hair in your photos. 

Nail polish….your hands will likely make it in to some of your photos. So please ensure no chipped nail polish and keep the polish colours neutral. 

Notice their hair is down and the golden sun reflecting in it...this is intentionally done to make the most of the golden light at sunset
A long flowing dress or skirt makes it easy for Mum to kneel or sit down with her children

Boys, boys, boys!

Alrighty boys this one is pretty easy! You can’t go wrong with a pair of jeans or chinos and a plain coloured T shirt that matches the colour palette in Mum’s dress. Your session is going to be super relaxed, and we want you to be too, so a shirt and tie is not required! 

Another great option for young boys is overalls. They allow you layer up in the cooler weather and the added texture always looks great!

For babies and young boys my favourite on line store is Jamie Kay

Notice that the boys are in off white and cream (not bright white) and their outfits tie in beautifully with the landscape
Mum's long dress covers her legs and allows her and her son to play comfortably, The ruffled sleeves add interest to the photo too.
Chinos and a plain T......perfect option for the boys!

Tips for dressing girls!

Once Mum has her outfit planned its time to bring in the colour palette from her outfit to style the girls. 

It’s all in the details…..I love capturing the little details that make a big difference! This can be as simple as ensuring the shoes match the outfit, or that your child’s favourite comfort toy is brought into the session. 

I advise agains short dresses as it can be difficult for girls to sit down without their knickers showing!

Long maxi dresses and skirts or a dress over a pair of tights are easy go-to’s that look great and are generally easy to find in local shops or on-line. 

On line shops such as Zara and Jamie Kay have beautiful clothes for both girls and boys! 

Texture

I love texture and think it really adds to your photos. This could be something as simple as choosing ribbed tights over opaque tights, or ruffled sleeves over plan straps. This is where you can add your own style to make your photos unique to you!

Some ways to incorporate interest and texture incliude

  • Wide brimmed hats
  • Scarves, vests, boots
  • Knitted jumpers and cardigans.
  • Over sized jumpers can look great too!

Patterns or No Patterns?

My general rule of thumb is that one person is permitted to wear patterns and everyone else should stick to a bold colour. This will ensure distracting patterns don’t clash and the viewers eye is directed at the love and connection in the photo….

Beautiful family styling with Mum in a patterned maxi dress and the others in bold colours that compliment not only Mum's dress but the location too!