7 Tips on What to Wear for a Photo Session

Fran Dickenson Photography

It's picture day, and the age-old question is still alive and well: What should I wear?

That's fair. It's an important question. These photos will live on long after you discard that questionable sweater. 

Keep these seven tips in mind when choosing what to wear for your family photo session.

1. Skip the busy patterns.

Sure, crazy patterns are fun, but they can be distracting in photos, especially if your three-year-old wants dots and your seven-year-old wants a zebra print. In neon green. Plaids and stripes look great when they are coordinated with the color scheme of the other family outfits.

2. Go for the colors.

Black and white are often popular choices, but if you dress all in black, for example, and then have a child dressed in black sitting on your lap, in can be hard to tell where you end and the child begins. Colors can bring needed depth to the photo.

3. Look at the background.

If your photo session is in the forest, you'll disappear in the shots if you all wear green. If you're inside against a gray backdrop, you might want to avoid light-colored shirts.

If the background is busy, dress simply--and if it's simple, feel free to get a little more detailed with your clothes and accessories.

4. Coordinate your colors.

Choose a color palette and dress everyone within that range. Do an online search for "popular color palettes" to get ideas.

5. Avoid trendy clothing.

Think timeless, not trendy. 

6. Comfort is key.

Photo sessions take some time, and if your kids aren't comfortable, they're not going to appreciate that. The frilly dress or the tiny suit and tie might be cute, but if your kids are miserable, you probably won't have quite as much fun with this as you had anticipated. (I have two children. I've been there.)

Fran Dickenson Photography

7. Let your personalities shine.

At the end of the day, this is a snapshot of who you all were at this point in time. Wear the hats, the jewelry, the styles, and the colors that make you feel like you. The perfect photo isn't always the one with the perfect lighting and perfect smiles. It's the one that makes you say, "This is us."