What to wear for family photos can be the biggest stress point for most moms when planning for their family photos. It’s the most common question I get and I hope that by looking at the examples I have posted on this site you have some good guidelines to follow.
First of all decide on a color scheme. Look at my palette in the image below for an example. You can do this is to pick a few colors and put them together and see how they work together. The best way to do this is by getting a few clothes in those colors together or going on the computer and using any basic graphic software to create blocks of colors. If you are planning to buy new clothes then look at what colors are popular and out of these colors decide what work for you. E.g. Emerald green is in but do you even like that color? A good way to gauge what is in season for colors is to go to a few clothing websites and look at the new arrivals category. Those are all the colors you’ll find at the stores too.
If you decide not to buy and just make the best of what you already have then a good place to start is with the adults’ clothes. Look for common colors or a set of two colors in yours(adults) clothing. Select the basic theme here and then move on to the kids’ clothes for coordinating colors. Kids have a lot more variety of colors in their wardrobes typically and are easier to fit in once the adults’ colors are narrowed down.
Pinterest is a great tool for looking for ideas. A great way to use Pinterest is to search for trends styles and then look which stores carry what you like based on where the pins are from. That helps speed up your shopping trip. Large department stores like Nordstrom have personal shoppers that can help and guide you. If you have a busy life and no time to shop then hiring a personal shopper to either shop for you or with you is also a great option.
If you are having a large group with a few families together for the photo session then its good idea to pick two colors and a fabric and let everyone do the best they can. E.g. Green, blue and denim. That way each family can coordinate within themselves around these colors. In the end it always comes out great.
Most important of all remember these are your family photos and have a special meaning to you. So go with what you are most comfortable with. If you are casual style family then denim, sneakers with some colors would be more natural looking. If you like to dress up then khakis, blazers, heels, accessories fit the look you want to aim for.
I have a few more ideas on Pinterest that you could go through.