5 Things You Definitely Should NOT Wear to Your Family Photo Session

It’s that time of year and you’re likely scheduling (or have already scheduled) your fall family photo session…  and you, like most moms, are frantically searching for what to wear and what outfits look good together as your family. (Which, by the way, I’ve got you covered on that front) But have you looked into what you should NOT wear to your family photo session?

While there are some guidelines on choosing complementary outfits for your family to wear, there are also things you definitely need to avoid wearing.

And as usual, I want to equip you with what you need to know so that your family photos come out in the best way possible. So you can feel proud to hang them on your walls or send them out on your holiday card this year.

Don’t be too matchy-matchy.

Instead of wearing outfits that match perfectly (aka, Mommy and Me outfits or outfits that are the exact same colors), focus on coordinating outfits and colors. If you like a monochromatic look, choose colors from the same color family and focus on different shades.. If you don’t mind a few different colors, then choose complimentary colors. Not sure what that means? Use the Adobe Coolers app. But if everyone wears khaki pants or dresses with white shirts, you’re going to look like you stepped back into 1995.

Avoid loud patterns.

Loud, large patterns are overwhelming in pictures and will distract from the subject of the photo: your family. They’ll take away from the emotion and feeling of your photos.  Instead, choose solid colors and focus on wearing layers and textures. Just make sure you’re wearing clothing that fits well (it’s too easy to wear baggy clothing when you’re layering).

Don’t wear anything too trendy.

If you want to be able to hang these photos on your wall, you’re likely going to want to wear something timeless and classic. That way you’ll be able to look back on your photos year after year with smiles and warmth… not laughter  and cringing.

Don’t let anyone wear a shirt with a logo.

Pay attention to shirts and clothing that have logos, especially large logos. Wearing logos, graphics, and clothing with words will draw attention away from your family. Even a tiny Nike or Polo logo can distract from your photos. Avoid shirts and clothing with logos or any words.

Don’t wear the wrong shoes.

We will be moving around A LOT during your photo session. You will be playing with your kids. One of the worst things that can happen is your kid starts crying or fussing because his or her shoes are too uncomfortable. Or… maybe it’s your shoes. Your family photo session may not be the best time to wear those cute heels for the first time. No one wants to try to get through your family photos with blisters forming on your feet.

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There you have it! 5 Things to avoid wearing during your family photos.

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