9 Quick Tips to Nail the Photoshoot Wardrobe

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You look on Pinterest and see this adorable family photo and wonder how the heck they managed to look so put together. Some people are lucky to learn fashion sense early in life, others of us have to learn it. Yes, in my early 20’s I studied this because I had none. Maybe I should dig out the picture of me in my bright yellow polyester suit sportin’ a bowl cut? Want to see my favorite outfit from 7th grade?

Here are some tips on matching for those family pictures without being matchy matchy:

  • The first step is color. On the color wheel pick either colors that are directly across from each other (my personal favorite) or colors right next to each other.
  • Speaking of color, pick 2-3 colors. Pick a main color, a complimentary color, and a neutral color.
  • If you don’t want to buy a whole new outfit for everyone, think about common colors. What common colors does each member of the family wear? Pick one or two.
  • Different textures enhance an image. Don’t be afraid to mix different materials or textures.
  • Not sure where to start? Pick the outfit you love the most and plan everyone else around it.

Tips to Perfect Your Photoshoot Wardrobe


A few things to keep in mind:

  • One white shirt stands out. So remind dad!
  • Although I love bright colors, they do not photograph well.
  • Unless it is a theme shoot, keep it simple. The focus should be on your face, not the crazy pattern of your shirt.
  • Consider the shooting environment. Have you ever tried high heels in a field? At the beach and wearing a hat, it may blow away forever.

This is the beginning of a more detailed series. We will link the new posts below.

When all else fails, lay everything out and take a picture. Then send it to your photographer for their input.

I am a wife and mother, creator, dreamer, and memory maker.


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