When it comes to family portraits, the most common question I get is, “What should we wear?”.

It’s a tricky decision!

Since these photos will last a lifetime, you want to make sure your entire family looks as good as possible. But at the same time, you also want them to look like themselves – not wearing stuff clothes that make them feel uncomfortable. We always recommend wearing clothing that makes you feel and look your best, which can be different for every person.

Here are a few tips on wardrobe suggestions that photograph beautifully!

Wear coordinating (not matching) outfits.

Make sure your outfits coordinate well with one another. Stick to a color palette of one or two colors. Matching outfits can look a little dated — coordinated outfits look harmonious and pretty. To make sure all of your outfits go well together, try laying out everyone’s photoshoot outfits together the day before.

Let your kids have a say.

Ask your children what they’d like to wear. Asking their opinions will help to make sure they feel comfortable and involved. (Just make sure they know their picks are subject to your final approval — otherwise, you might have a little Spiderman in your family portraits!)

Dress weather-appropriate.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you dress accordingly. Choose colours that are appropriate for the season. And if it will be chilly during your photoshoot, be sure to bundle up a bit! You can always remove layers throughout the session if it warms up and you want a different look for your photos.

Jewel tones and patterns

Jewel tones and colours with more depth photograph phenomenally. While some colours can be adjusted in editing, deeper, darker tones, and shades of white and cream put the focus on your family. Patterns can tend to be distracting, especially if there are several existing at once. Try and limit patterns to one, and instead of all wearing matching shirts, vary where it shows up. For example one plaid shirt, someone else with a plaid scarf, and so on.