What to Wear for your photographs

Ahh, the age old question, what should I wear to my session?  Since what to wear is always the most stressful part of the session planning, I put this guide or cheat sheet together to help ease your mind a bit and help you make your choices.

First things first, you do NOT need to buy your family all new outfits for your session. I’m going to show you how to pull things from your whole family’s closets to achieve an amazing look without breaking the bank. That said, if you are shopper and want to buy all new clothes, go what to wear colorsfor it! These tips will help you shop as well. 😉

Let’s start with a good foundation, color schemes. I tell mom’s to think in neutral tones, tans, creams, greys, browns, and blues. These colors are soft and keep the focus on the subjects rather than the clothes. They are also timeless and classic which will ensure that your images don’t look out of date.

I personally prefer that you don’t do the whole matchy matchy thing. (Remember when everyone wore white shirts and tan pants or jeans….so outdated!) Instead, choose 2 or 3 of the neutral colors mentioned above and mix and match pieces in those tones on everyone.


Keep in mind, prints are okay, if they are small and not overwhelming, but super busy crazy prints can be very distracting and take away from the focus, just in the same way bright colors do. Also, play with textures, consider denim, corduroy, and chunky knits – such as sweaters, what to wearscarves or hats also in neutral tones, as they all help add interest.

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s get started. First, choose your outfit, yes you! This is SUPER important. I find that it is always the hardest to get the moms outfits sorted out.  Cruise through your closet and pull out an outfit that fits you well, is comfortable and makes you feel pretty.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If momma ain’t happy, no one’s happy.” right?  So if you are happy and comfortable, everyone else will be too.

Next dig through your hubby’s closet and pull something out for him that coordinates with your outfit. Keep in mind layering and textures look great in pictures. And bonus points if it’s something he will be comfy in too. 😉

Last pull from the kids clothes. Grab clothes for them that coordinate but aren’t matchy – matchy. If you are struggling to find a shirt or something it’s always easiest and cheapest to buy one piece for them, rather then buying stuff for you or your hubs. If you do need to shop for a few pieces, check out places like Target, Old Navy or Gap.