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How to Plan What to Wear for Your Family Session | Pittsburgh Family Photographer

What to Wear for Your Family Session

#1. Consider the season and whether you want to fit it or not?

Season colors = seasonal pictures, do you want your family photos to be up all year with a timeless feel to them or would you like to be reminded of that specific season in your life?

Family photo with toddler in Pittsburgh, Pa by LeeAnn K Photography.
A great fall color scheme can include colors like mustard yellow, maroon and gray.

Christmas family photo at Nutbrown's tree farm in Pittsburgh, Pa
Casual but nicely curated. Their outfits are perfect for the cold weather.

For timeless family, photos stick with neutrals. They look great on almost everyone and are easy to coordinate.

#2. Pick a color palette, not a color.

If you want to work with colors find a color palette. Stay away from picking one colored top that everyone will wear. It makes the photo less dynamic and is dated!

Pinterest is full of awesome color palette ideas but as a rule, mom gets to pick her outfit first and then pick the rest of the family’s outfits. If you are a visual person like myself and need to see what I am talking about when I say color palette check out my What-to-Wear Pinterest board!

#3. Figure out what style works best for your family.

Is your family a button-up type of family or do you prefer comfy tees?

If your family prefers tees and jeans then get everyone a new shirt that they can’t start wearing until after the session. This way you are making outfits for the session practical.

Casual can look AMAZING when done right.

When it comes to a casual look I would stay away from logos, holes in jeans and misfitted clothes - these things can either look messy or tacky.

If you prefer to go more formal with your clothing options think about the time of year and the temperament of your kiddos.

In-home family sessions make it easier to wear long-sleeve button-ups and blouses.

If you are having an outdoor family session you'll definitely want to keep in mind your family's heat index. A lot of Dad's tend to sweat quicker so come with a couple of shirts as a backup for unexpected sweat spots. You may also want to bring a spare outfit for the kids in case they find dirt!


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I'm LeeAnn a Pittsburgh-based personal brand photographer helping womxn and queer-owned businesses create memorable brands with unique captivating photography.  

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