Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Photo Outfits: A Guide by a Pittsburgh Portrait Photographer

Tips For Planning Family Photo Outfits

As a Pittsburgh family photographer, I understand that planning the perfect family photo outfits can be a headache for most moms. After all, these photos are going to be displayed in your home for years to come and you want them to look perfect. That’s why I’ve compiled some tips to help you plan the best family portrait outfits.

Planning Your Family Outfits for Photos

Planning Your Family Photo Outfits

Plan Your Clothing Ahead!

Once you’ve booked your family photo session, it’s time to start thinking about what everyone is going to wear. Make sure that all outfits are clean, fit well, and are ready to go a few days before the session. Avoid any last-minute stress by trying on clothes ahead of time to ensure they still fit.

Coordinate colors, don’t match!

Gone are the days of matching white t-shirts and jeans for family photos. Allow your family’s personality to shine by picking a color palette of two to three colors and coordinating outfits that match the scheme. Stores like Target and Gap often have coordinating outfits for kids.

Look at your home

A great way to determine your color palette is to look at the colors you’ve chosen for your home decor. You’ll want these pictures displayed in your living room, so why not make sure the colors match?

Planning Your Family Outfits for Photos

Limit patterns

Choose one outfit that has a pattern with most of the colors in your color scheme. Then, it will be easy to choose coordinating colors for the rest of the family. Avoid patterns on everyone’s outfits to keep the focus on your family.

Accessorize and Layer!

Accessorizing is a great way to add personality to your family’s outfits. Dress up dad with a tie, add a necklace for mom, and consider suspenders or a flower crown for the kids. Layering and adding different textures, such as jackets, scarves, or belts, can add extra depth and sophistication to your outfits.

Leave the characters and logos shirts at home

Adorable Disney Princess or Monster Truck shirts may be tempting, but characters and big logos can be distracting and take away from the main focus of the photo – your family.

Planning Your Family Outfits for Photos

Color Selection:

The colors you choose for your family’s outfits are crucial. To keep the focus on your family’s faces, I recommend selecting lighter tones, jewel tones, or neutral/white shades. Avoid red or darker colors and busy patterns. The camera loves shades of white, pops of color, and sophisticated colors like heather gray, cream, and navy.


By following these tips, you’ll be able to plan the perfect family photo outfits that showcase your family’s personality and will be displayed proudly in your home for years to come. For inspiration, check out my portfolio page for past family photo sessions.


In conclusion, as a Pittsburgh portrait photographer, I want to help make this experience as stress-free as possible. By following these tips and working together, we can create beautiful family portraits that you will cherish forever.


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