A family photoshoot should be a relaxed and happy event, so it is essential that you feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing.

There are lots of things to take into consideration when choosing your outfit.  Here are a few tips to make this easier for you:-

Take into consideration your surroundings, if you are in the local park surrounding by greenery, wearing orange, greens or browns will camouflage you.  If it’s a dreary overcast grey day then you may not want to wear white or grey.  In these instances try going for a pop of colour to ensure a contrast.

Remember contrast is great, 

this ensures that you stand out from the background.


A mixture of fabrics and texture is also great, as is layering of clothes.  A nice chunky knit cardigan over a cute dress or a blazer with t.shirt and jeans can add an extra touch of style to your portrait.

It is important that the clothing ensures that the people in the photographs are the main subjects, to flatter and make them look their best.  Carefully thought out outfits will usually ensure that the photographs remain as timeless as possible.

Basic guidance would include the following:-

  • wear solid coloured clothing, choose muted colours as these usually work best

  • choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)

  • choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones, or tan, a lighter pastel colour and denims – all lighter, softer tones

  • choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow

  • choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)

  • keep jewellery simple and minimalistic

  • do your hair the way you’d normally do it while wearing these clothes

  • if getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session

  • Ideally no tops with big logos/branding.  Peoples eyes will naturally be drawn to looking at these and not your lovely faces

Please note, this is purely guidance, at the end of the day, it is your shoot and you can wear whatever you want.