What to Wear – Family Portraits

Some example images below are not taken by our studio, and are for illustration purposes only.


“Three Colors + POP”

1.  Pick three colors (one being a neutral)  and put together outfits with those colors only.  More than three colors can seem a bit busy.  Example shows navy blue, white, and pink.   Neutrals include black, white, gray, khaki, etc.

2.  Add in an unexpected POP of color.  The girls’ fuchsia headbands fit the bill.  Be aware that this POP will become a focal point in the picture, so I wouldn’t advise adding this color in an area that you don’t want others to look at too closely.

3.  Use your brightest colors as accessories only.  You don’t want the brightest colors detracting from the most important part of the picture:  the PEOPLE!

4.  It is ok to mix solids and simple patterns.  SIMPLE patterns add interest and texture to a picture.  Dad has a patterned, buttoned-down shirts, and it works just fine with the solid colors.  If you stick to a color scheme, everything just naturally blends together.

Example of “Three Colors + POP”:  here, the grayish blues are complimented with 2 pops of color:  The yellow scarves & the fuschia booties.  The guys’ Simple patterned shirts give a nice texture.


Example of “Three Colors + POP”:  Here, the 3 colors are all three “Neutral”, meaning Black, Gray & White.  The “Pop” of color in the girl’s sweater is accented by mom’s Red lips.  Baby’s plaid shirt & Dad’s plaid tie coordinate for a little texture.

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Choose 1 or 2 solids & pair with 1 or 2 color coordinated patterns.  Remember Neutrals, such as gray, khaki & white don’t count 🙂


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Neutrals Only

Neutrals include:  Black, White, Gray, Browns, Khaki, Cream, Dark OR Light Denim, and sometimes Navy.


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All White

All white is definitely the most chosen style of wardrobe for family portraits.  You can choose to do all solid white, or add a little texture/simple pattern to your white wardrobe.

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2.  Add a pop of color to your all white outfits.  Example below:


Throw caution to the wind & break the rules

Several “rules” are being broken in the pictures below, but they still came out really great – and have a more candid feel to them.  Definitely not “traditional” but not boring or stiff either.

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