What to wear for your family portrait session

What to wear for your family portrait session? We get this question time and time again so we thought it was timely to get those questions answered in a blog post!

The first question most people ask is: Should we all wear matching outfits such as jeans and a white shirt? It’s important to think about coordinating your outfits but you don’t need to match all your clothes so everyone looks exactly the same.

family portraitChoose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. That way, the photo is unified because the colours all work harmoniously and they don’t distract either.


Here are our top tips

  • Dress to the occasion and season
    eg. If you’re having a beach session, don’t dress in formal wear with heels and heavy make up. Wear light, smart casual clothes.
  • Eclektic_20130712_0291Smart casual clothing always looks best but of course we want you to comfortable and confident in what you wear so that it shows who you are. Neutral colours like white, grey, cream, black and denims always work and don’t date.  Patterns are okay in moderation but try to limit it to one or two people wearing patterns. Our top tip is to steer away from large stripes, logos and text on clothing.


Textures (ruffles, buttons, jeans, knits, wool) look great in Autumn and Winter.Eclektic_20100802_1371Layered clothing with textures works well for the cooler months.


Bright colours and accesories are great for young children and can add a lovely pop to your photographs!



  • Consider your home decor
    Consider where your portrait may hang in your home as it may influence your choice of colours that you wear. This will also influence your framing choices too.


  • Shoes
    Wear shoes that match your outfits and guys pay attention to the socks you wear too as they might be visible! (no bright white socks!) If your shoes are not practical for walking around you may consider bringing a pair of flats to slip on and off throughout the shoot.
  • Hair
    If getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session – again this seems like a no brainer but you’d be surprised! Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.
  • Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be a fun way to personalise your photos. e.g. Fruit, necklaces, hats, scarves, flowers.



  • How about ask the kids to bring some props along such as one of their favourite items to play with whether it is their favourite book or ukelele! This can be a beautiful way to remember them at the age they are at.



  • Think Timeless
    You want to be able to look back on your photos in several years time and be able to enjoy them and not think- “I can’t believe that was trendy back then…” Trends always come and go. It is therefore important that you dress in a classic and timeless fashion so that your photos will never age.
    As much as these are guidelines to help you decide what to wear we don’t want to stifle your personality. Quite the contrary, it is your personality we want to bring out and shine! If you have a crazy idea for a particular look or theme that you want then by all means go for it! Wear what reflects your personalities and shares the story of your family. What matters at the end of the day is that you and your children are comfortable with how you look together. We encourage you to bring a change of clothes just in case of any mishaps, spills or accidents on the way. This will also allow you to have a greater variety and looks to your photos if we need a wardrobe change.

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