I get this question a lot…what should we wear for our photo shoot? Here are my thoughts!
Think coordinate rather than matching the whole group. Everyone has their own personality and style and your clothing should show off that personality. So rather than everyone wearing the same color, find a palette of colors that all work well together and let each person express themselves. Try not to get too many patterns and colors going at once or conflicting looks like jeans on one person and slacks and a tie on another etc. You should all also be dressed for the same season, a sweater on one and spaghetti straps or shorts on another looks strange photographically. A rule of thumb I usually tell my Moms and Dads is start with you and what you like best on you and build the rest of the family photo wardrobe around you. Wear what you are comfortable in, if you never wear heels and a dress you might look very uncomfortable in them for our session. Here are some last tips and a few visual examples of clothing groupings!
Things I love: denim, solids, layers, accessories
Things I don’t love: text, logos, neon, too many patterns in one photo
One last thing to think about is what you are doing with these images and if the clothing will coordinate with the final destination: your walls, an announcement, a holiday card etc.
Below are a few groupings of clothing that I have pulled from online retailers to illustrate some of these ideas, I hope this helps!