What to Wear on a Family Shoot

Clothing & Accessories

Wearing the right clothes is really important on your shoot. Mainly in terms of comfort! Even though I have no hard and fast rules about clothing, there few things I would strongly advise!

  • Avoid big slogans and wording on shirts – it can be quite distracting, especially when only half the word is in view.
  • With siblings and families, try to choose colours that compliment each other – similar shades, tones, colours. Creams and soft pastel colours always look lovely in both Summer and Winter. Or complete opposite colours can work too – bright red and bright yellow for example.
  • Lots of patterns can be a little distracting and ‘busy’ if there are several patterned outfits within one family.
  • Think about where we are going to be shooting – if there is going to be lots of green trees and green grass try to avoid wearing green. Likewise if we are going to the woods, try to avoid brown or dark beige.
  • Feel free to wear or bring accessories – woolly hats, welly boots, colourful umbrella if its been a bit wet the day before.
  • If its cold, put layers on your children instead of big coats. Big coats do not always look great in photos around the neck line… and too much time can be spent taking the coat on and off several times, especially with little ones. It can really affect the flow of the shoot. But warm layers are good and it’s important you’re not freezing… it’s much harder for little ones to relax and remain happy when cold!
  • Children might like to bring a favourite toy/teddy, a ball or something to do. Just remember that it may appear in their photos.


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