After committing to a family photoshoot and booking your photographer, the next thing to think about is what you’re going to wear. I often get asked for advice on how to dress for a family photoshoot, and I’ve learnt there are a lot of outdated “rules” people think they should be following. To help make it easier for you, here are my top tips for dressing for you family photo shoot: things to consider and what you should avoid.

Be comfortable

The first rule of thumb is that you should be as comfortable as possible. This is especially important if you’re a bit nervous. Being comfortable in your clothes, both physically and emotionally, can help you relax and really enjoy yourself.

Be yourself

Wear something that really reflects your own personality and style. Don’t try something new or completely different to what you’d normally wear as you’ll risk feeling out of your comfort zone. After all, your photos should be an image of you and your family, so you should be true to that and dress like yourselves.


Matching outfits used to be a trend in family photography, but it’s decreased in popularity as people tend to opt for coordination over matching. Pick a colour scheme that reflects you as a family, and all dress in something that ties in. This is an opportunity to be really creative and use colour in a really unique way.

With this in mind, try to avoid too many patterns or anything too wild as it can be too distracting.

No characters

I know all little kids (and big kids!) like to wear things picturing their favourite characters, but for a photoshoot it’s best to avoid these. Characters, like patterns, can be really distracting. They can also date the image, and in ten years your child might not like the character anymore.

Think about your home décor

When thinking about your colour choices, take your home décor into consideration. You to pick a colour scheme that will look good against the walls you’ll hang them on.


Avoid dressing to any particular trend. No matter how popular it is at the time, no big trends last forever (I’m looking at you, shoulder pads and puffy sleeves).

By avoiding big trends, you can ensure your photos will stand the test of time, so in 10 or 20 or even 50 years they will still be relevant and enjoyable.

Background and lighting

Before you make your final decisions, have a chat with you photographer about the scenery and lighting where you’ll be having your photoshoot. The photographer can help guide you towards colours and styles that will suit the scenery. For example, if you’re going to be shooting against a lot of forestry, avoid wearing florals or too much green as you’ll just blend in the background.


So all in all, it’s pretty straight forward! Ultimately, as long as you are happy and confident then you’ll have an amazing time and cherished photographs. Follow these tips to find the right thing to wear, but make sure you’re wearing a smile!