As you plan your holiday family photoshoot this season, you may be wondering, “what should we wear???”

That is a glorious question.

I get asked this question almost every time I get an inquiry, and even in planning my own holiday family photoshoot I found myself thinking about color combinations and textures.

Sometimes I see clients disregard styling their wardrobe for the their shoot. For some, it’s almost like an after thought. But why?! These images are for you and your family to keep forever and ever, they will be shared with all the amazingly special people in your lives. A holiday family photoshoot should be treated like a special rare occasion, like a trip to the Bahamas. You need to spend time preparing for it so you can really make the most of your experience. The more effort you put into your wardrobe, the better your shoot will look.

Now that you know how important it is that you style your family’s wardrobe. WHAT DO YOU WEAR???

  1. Consider your background.

Will your photoshot be outdoors in the fall with autumn leaves?  In the winer snow with pine trees? Maybe you did your Holiday photos indoors, with a studio backdrop. What color is it going to be? We want to know because we then need to decide how your outfit will make you stand out from your background, yet still match in color tones.

For example, you don’t want to wear too much white or cream in the winter, you’ll blend right into the snow or the sky! You also wouldn’t want to be wearing bright summer colors in the fall or in the winter. They just don’t match the colors of nature this time of year!

What you do want to wear with a snowy background is navy blue, soft pink, purples, red tones, gold, silver, or grey. In the fall, colors like burgundy, blue jean, cream, gold or tan! (examples below)

2. Match, but not too much!!

You don’t want to be too matchy matchy either, and this is the problem that I see people struggle with the most during their family shoots! Everyone wears the same thing (i.e. white tops with blue jeans, everyone wears plaid, everyone wears red shirts, etc.) honestly that is just too overwhelming and it’s literally an eyesore as the eyes can’t flow from one subject to the next in a photograph. Another thing to be wary of?…Too much black and lacking color! You know who you are 😉

3. Be yourself, but be open to trying new things.

You will never know if you like it until you try it. The same goes for clothes. My mother swears she is too old to wear skinny jeans, fitted clothing and casual tops. So I took her to the store to try on some skinny jeans and young looking tops, guess what? She looked amazing, even younger in these clothes, and that is what she’s planning on wearing to our holiday family photoshoot. Go to the store, and try on the dress you love but never considered it on yourself. You might be pleasantly surprised.

What’s trending this season? Plaid, Fur, Muted colors, Lace, Sequins. Blue jeans never seem to go out of style.

Here are some styled wardrobe combos that I put together and am in love with for Family Holiday Photos during the fall or the winter!

1.) Burgandy, Tan, Cream, Blue Jean, grey. These outfits work together without competing with one another. Notice how the red flows from bottom to top to bottom? Same with the blue jeans, the tan, and the patterned articles. Because the bold colors and patterns are at different levels, it makes it pleasing for the eye to follow. Accessories like hats, belts and scarves add interesting details and textures. I am also a sucker for layers, they just make an outfit look so complete! Can’t you see this in a forest of green trees, or outside in the snow?

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2.) Red, Blue Jean, Grey. Keeping it simple and casual. No layers, but this combo works because there is not one solid level of color or patterns. They are spread throughout. The jeans, even though almost all blue, are different shades of blue. The tops, two grey and two red compliment each other. The plaid shirt and the heart shirt throw in just a bit of pattern and make the wardrobe a bit more interesting. But it doesn’t need more than that.

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3.) Another casual warm outfit. No two shirts mimic each other, no two pants are the same. There are dark tones (blue, burgandy) playing off of light tones (grey, white, tan). These colors are flowing at different levels with just a touch of detailed pattern in the hat, girl’s sweater, and plaid shirt.

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4.) Layers, layers, layers. Definately an outdoorsy combo, I am in love with the natural tones that mimic the desatured tones of winter – dark greens, tan, grey and white. White adding a faded red and blue to the mix to make you stand out from the outdoorsy scenery. the fur hoods, plaid scarf and jeans add texture that will make you stand out even more. It just feels complete, doesn’t it?

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5.) Romanticly styled winter/fall wardrobe. Nothing wrong with a few pastels to play off of the rich reds, blues and greens! Dresses in the winter look amazing with a coat or cardigan.

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6.) This is one of my favorite wardrobe combos!! I absolutely adore light blue and light pink together. Plus the casualness of the jeans and plaid mixed with dressier black pants, collared shirts, and sequins make a really interesting combination. The pink in the long skirt pops out again in the little boy’s plaid shirt. I can see each one of them standing in twos and still looking fabulous 🙂

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7.) Red, Black, Grey and White. It’s a good alternative for those who can’t stay away from black. You can make this color combo as casual or dressy as you’d like to. But it works because two people have dark tops, two people have light tops. Two people also have red in their tops while one has red in their bottoms. See that color flow? Mmhmm.

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FInal tips:

Plaid, Fur, Muted colors, lace, sequins – make good textures and details!

Layer your clothing and mix formal with casual.

Make sure your outfits and colors flow together visually!


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