Spring has finally arrived, you've scheduled a family photoshoot and picked a location. Now it's time to plan the outfits! I want to begin by saying that THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you should wear is....whatever you are comfortable in! If you want to wear leg warmers with a ball gown, then do it! There are no right or wrong outfits to wear for your photoshoot. The whole point of the shoot is to capture a memory of you or your family, the images should therefore reflect who you are. Having said that, if you would like some help to find an outfit, read on.


I would advise you to involve all of your family members in the decisions on what to wear. If you force a dress or a tie on a family member and they feel uncomfortable in it, they won't enjoy the shoot and it will show in the images. Instead choose clothes that they feel comfortable in but are similar in style and color to the rest of the family.


I would avoid completely matching outfits. Instead you should consider buying clothes on the same color palettes. Pinterest is great for this. Instead of matching, you want everyone to blend together subtly. I have included a spring color palette below. You should pick 3 or 4 colors from the same palette and dress your family in those colors. Try to avoid prints if you can. Some people are very good at coordinating prints. I am not. So I generally try to avoid mixing them. If you do like prints, I would avoid mixing them, because it's easy for them to clash. For instance don't have one family member in plaid and another family member in floral. Think muted colors. I would suggest avoiding very bright or bold colors. They can distract. Whilst you do want to showcase your pretty outfits, you don't want them to overtake the limelight. You want the focus on your family and connection.

Graphic with eye colors in bronze circles and green leaves, pink, peach, yellow, mint, pale blue, blue, grey blue, white


Unless you are lucky enough to live in a place where the weather is pretty predictable, it is a good idea to layer. Cardigans, gilets, jackets and scarves, or a vest underneath an outfit can make all the difference if the temperature suddenly drops, but it won't cover up your pretty outfits like a coat will.


Have you decided on a location with your photographer? Will you have a casual beach session or will you be dressed up downtown? Will you have a boho creek session, an upscale hotel or a trendy rooftop? Consider the location you have chosen then pick an outfit that works with the location, or vice versa!


  • Oversized clothing
  • Clothes with logos or characters (they are distracting)
  • Thin stripes and plaids can look distorted in photos
  • Neon colors. They can reflect on your skin which will show up in your photos
  • Athletic shoes and character shoes
  • Hats that put shadows on the face such as a baseball cap with the peak forward