7 Family Photo Clothing Ideas To Spur Your Imagination

Family Photo Clothing Ideas - Three SistersYou dread it every year, but know you have to do it – the infamous family portrait. You love having a great family photo hanging on the wall, but getting one taken is such a chore. One reason you dread family photos is figuring out what everyone’s going to wear. Let me help eliminate the guesswork. Here are some family photo clothing ideas to spur your imagination.

Family Photo Clothing Ideas

Choosing outfits for everyone is harder than it sounds. Getting everyone on board and happy is almost impossible. Hopefully, your people will cooperate without too much fuss.

1. Easy And Simple

It doesn’t get any easier than crisp white shirts, especially for close-up shots. In the photograph above, the girls’ white shirts are a lovely contrast against their dark skin. Simple simply works! Don’t overthink your family’s clothing, keep it as uncomplicated as possible. When choosing colors, first decide where you’re going to hang your photo. You’ll want to pick colors that complement or blend with the colors of your room.

Another thing to keep in mind is comfort. I’ve seen this time and time again where a child is forced to wear something they’re not comfortable in. Be prepared for scowls and grimaces in the portrait. Don’t go there. Busy patterns like polka dots and stripes are too distracting so ditch the temptation to include them, and make sure everybody’s shoes coordinate.


2. A Casual Look

Everyone loves denim. I like how the people in the picture below combined two different shades of denim, pairing it with white shirts and shoes. It’s a clean, casual look. Denim photographs well without overwhelming the subjects as it kind of fades into the background.

Resist the urge to be seasonal, meaning: Santa hats are adorable for a Christmas card, but you might get tired of a large version of that cute card on your wall. Check out these denim jackets for little girls – they’re adorable.

Family photo in denim

3. Using More Than One Color

I love the various shades of royal blue, navy, tan and gray in this portrait. The colors complement each other in a great way. You can pull off a variety of colors if they blend seamlessly. Your discerning eye will tell you if they do. Too bad the little boy in the back doesn’t have more of a natural smile. Well, at last he’s looking forward.

Family picture of seven children

4. Timeless Classic Clothing

I love this portrait of the Obamas. Nothing speaks louder than classic does. I like how the colors flow together, yet they’re all different. The girls’ purple and blue dresses offset the dark-colored clothing of the parents. And the purple tie was a brilliant idea!

Obama Family Portrait

5. Fun With Color

Use color to make a photograph pop. This picture of three little girls all dressed in red in front of a blurred background is pleasing to the eye. The complementary colors of gold and silver accentuate the gold hues of the background. Outfits don’t have to match, but they should coordinate.

Family portrait of three little girls in red

6. This Really Works

Little kids are so fun to dress, and these twins couldn’t be more darling. I love the plaid shorts and pink shirts. Even their shoes match. You don’t have to adhere to the “rules” as much with kids when it comes to clothing.  Maybe it’s because of the cuteness factor.

Twin boys at the lake

7. Don’t Forget To Include Your Dog

I couldn’t help but include this shot of these cuddly puppies. Dogs have the life of Riley. Slap a bow on them and they’re ready to be photographed. If only it could be this easy for us humans.

Picture of seven dogs

Key Points

Family portraits are important so make time for them. You’ll be thankful you did. Keep your clothing simple so it doesn’t distract from the main attraction – you and your loved ones!

Have you scheduled your family portrait session? What photographs from above do you like the best in terms of clothing? Let me know in the comments:)





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