8 Tips for Planning and Styling Your Family Photos

When it comes to family photos, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. If you want family photos but aren’t sure where to start, here are eight tips for planning and styling for success!

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Choose the Style

A good place to start is deciding whether you want formal or casual family photos. There is no wrong answer, just whatever is best for your family.

Plan Mom’s Outfit First

More likely than not, the most difficult outfit to select will be Mama’s! She should choose her outfit first, something she’s comfortable wearing and makes her feel good– then the rest of the outfits can be coordinated around it.

Coordinate– Don’t Match

Speaking of coordinating, choose outfits that compliment each other, but don’t have everyone wear the exact same thing. A seasonal color scheme, such as everyone dressing in autumn colors, can look beautiful without being too matchy-matchy. It might be helpful for you to lay out everyone’s outfits together to see how they look as a group; and it will be much easier to make adjustments.

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Avoid Distracting Outfits

The subject of your family photos is your family, not your outfits. Avoid loud colors, large logos, and holiday-specific props.

Time to Prepare

Book your family photography session in advance to give yourself time to decide on a location, select outfits, get haircuts/manicures/etc. Avoid booking a session that will cause last-minute rushing and stress.

Find the Right Photographer

Choose a photographer your family feels comfortable with, and is comfortable working with families. Having the right photographer will make everything easier and less stressful during your shoot.

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Eat Beforehand

Make sure everyone is well-fed before your family photoshoot. Empty tummies lead to grumpy kids. It never hurts to have a few snacks on hand in case anyone gets fussy.

Choose Comfortable Clothes

For the best results, everyone should wear clothes they feel comfortable in. This includes both children and adults! Uncomfortable clothing leads to fussy kids and stuffy adults, and it will show in your photos.

Above all, remember that kids will be kids. Things can, and often will, go wrong during family photography sessions, but don’t let it get to you! If you work to make it an enjoyable experience for your kids, their happiness and personalities will shine. Relax, have fun, and treasure the time you have together, because they won’t be this little forever.


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