Stunning Family Photo Outfit Ideas: Expert Tips

As we enter the season of spring, many of you are getting ready for the upcoming family photos! At Willow Street Pictures, we are here to help you select the perfect family portrait outfits for you and your family. Capturing moments in time through family portraits is a meaningful way to create lasting mementos.

One of the most common questions that arise when preparing for a family portrait session is, “What should we wear for family portraits?” This is an important consideration because what you wear can greatly affect the outcome of your portraits. This blog post will discuss tips and guidelines on what to wear for family portraits. These tips will help you create beautiful and cohesive images.

1. Plan your outfits in advance

The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be. Discuss outfit preferences with all family members.

Take your time. It is important that everyone likes what they are wearing. Having multiple style options is the best idea. Plus, it never hurts to have them especially when you’re dressing your kids.

2. Make sure you feel comfortable

It is recommended to select attire that makes you feel relaxed and is as plain and unobtrusive as it can be. Comfort is a very important factor to consider when choosing outfits for your family portraits.

Ensure everyone is wearing comfortable clothing. This will help them feel more relaxed and at ease during the photo shoot. Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or restrictive, and instead, choose clothing that fits well and allows for movement.

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3. Choose clothes without an illustration, text, or logo on

Busy patterns and logos can be distracting and take away from the focus of the image, which should be your family. When picking out clothing, it is important to choose items with colors and patterns that won’t be too distracting.

Solid colors are a great option as they are classic and timeless. Alternatively, if you want to add a bit of pattern to your outfit, subtle patterns such as stripes or small prints can add visual interest without being overwhelming. Don’t go with bright colors or large, bold prints as these can be distracting and take away from the overall look. If you do choose to wear a pattern, make sure it’s not too bold or overwhelming.

4. “In a world full of trends I want to remain a classic”

Think about keeping the outfits as classic as you can. This is a personal choice. However, avoiding super trendy pieces will help your pictures remain timeless.

Play with layers, such as vests, jackets, or sweaters. You can also wear tall socks under boots. This gives you more options to incorporate your colors, add texture, and create dimension.

Your clothing look will be more complete if each person wears more than just a top and bottom. Add accessories to complete the style.

5. Coordinate Colors and Styles

When choosing outfits for your family portraits, it’s important to coordinate the colors and styles of your clothing. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to wear the same outfit, but rather, choose colors and styles that complement each other.

If you want a formal look, consider wearing neutral colors like black, white, or gray. Add pops of color with accessories like scarves or jewelry. If you’re going for a more casual look, you can wear bright, bold colors, or patterns that complement each other.

It may be a good idea to switch outfits at some point during the session. Consider going outdoors for this, however, be mindful that your baby may not appreciate having to change clothes. Try to avoid multiple outfit changes if possible.

6. Book your family portrait photo session with us

The team at Willow Street Pictures is ready to provide your family with the best photoshoot experience ever. We’re thrilled to offer you not one but two stunning studio locations to elevate your family portrait experience! Our legacy studio in West Lawn and our brand-new studio in Harleysville are both open and ready to welcome you.

Whether you want a studio photo session, local or abroad, our creative team can handle it all. 

No matter the location, we have the ability to turn any place into a studio! We have experience taking photos in Madagascar, London, and many other places around the globe. Additionally, we often tour the tri-state area, always bringing the same high-quality equipment we use in our studio. Please, refer to our Destination Photoshoot FAQs for more information.


In conclusion, choosing the right clothing for your family portraits can greatly impact the overall look and feel of your photos. Coordinate colors and styles, avoid logos and graphics, and select comfortable clothing. Accessorize to create beautiful and timeless family portraits.

These portraits will be treasured for years. The team at Willow Street Pictures wants to help you make those memories last a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule your session!


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