By far the most asked question I get from clients is, “What should we wear for our session?” What should be an easy task often becomes a source of stress when getting family photos done. Hopefully this will help you: match without matching. That’s my answer. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Let me explain…gone are the days where everyone wears khaki pants and white shirts for pictures. That look had it’s day and (thankfully) that day is long gone. So match without matching…or rather coordinate.

For the color challenged family, or those who love neutrals, try mixing creams, grays, tans…everyone in the family wears a bit of each and then adding a few pops of color with accessories (scarves, shoes, hats). Here are a couple of great examples pulled off pinterest. Love these neutral pallets…

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What about the family who LOVES color? Try playing with patterns and textures…don’t be afraid to mix plaids with stripes. The camera LOVES texture and color so here are some great ideas of how to really pop in family photos.
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A few simple rules when it comes to choosing outfits:

Avoid any shirts with large logos or characters – those tend to be very distracting in photos.

Keep surroundings in mind, if it’s summer and you’re session is outdoors avoid wearing green (you’ll blend in a little too much with the grass and trees!)

When in doubt, search pinterest or head to a clothing store where the employees are happy to help you shop stress free!

Most importantly, make sure you FEEL GOOD in what you have on. If you or your kiddos are uncomfortable in the clothing, don’t buy it! Photos should be a true reflection of your family, so feeling comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing is key! Nothing’s prettier than being happy. 🙂


Rutheah Rodehorst

I’m a wife to my best friend, Momma of three little curly haired munchkins and passionate photographer. Now comes the part where I tell you how I have a little love affair with my camera…it’s true. At the risk of sounding cheesy, photography has made me see the beauty in the sweet simple things that I used overlook. Getting to capture little glimpses of pure love, raw emotion, and that newborn-baby-sweetness…I love it and am so thankful that I am able to preserve those memories. If i'm not out shooting, I'll most likely be at the YMCA or browsing the aisles of Target with black coffee in my hand.