What to Wear for Family Pictures | Logan Utah Family Photographer

We as photographers get asked fairly often, What should we wear for family pictures? Today’s blog post is just that, my suggestions and advice on what to wear! Though these are my opinions and what you wear will defiantly contribute to how well your pictures turn out, keep in mind there IS NOT a perfect answer to that common question! A lot of that answer can come down to price of new outfits, time to buy them and your individual preference.  But here’s some tips to help you coordinate! What to Wear for Family Pictures | Logan Utah Family Photographer

What to Wear for Family Pictures | Logan Utah Family Photographer

Feel Comfortable!

If you don’t feel comfortable the camera and your photos will show it! You need to wear what you like and what you feel makes you look good. If you don’t like your arms, cover them up with a long sleeve or ¾ sleeve shirt. If you don’t want to draw attention to your
bottom or hips wear a long jacket. The most important aspect about your clothing is that you feel comfortable!

Show your style!

Another seriously important part of your pictures is to show off your style! If you are a layering type of person, make sure to bring that into your outfit. Wear a scarf, belt, jewelry. If you are a shoe fanatic wear something that shows it! Those things are what make your personality pop in your pictures.

Picking Colors

Use a “foundation color” or two and then select a few colors that will accent well. For example Gray or black are great foundation colors and then you can add some hints of yellow, and gray or turquoise and coral, burgundy and blue, etc. Having too many color options can be visually distracting. I usually recommend a couple of colors for a small family and up to 4 colors with a large family. You can always ask if you have ideas and I’d be happy to discuss!

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Try to AVOID the followwing




I usually recommend avoiding Logos, and a lot of patterns particularly
horizontal stripes. Some patterns are ok and as your photographer I will try to spread those individuals out in the photo so they are not clashing. Try avoiding having everyone wear the same colored top and bottom (ie, all white shirts and levis).

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Darker Colors are more slimming

If you can stick to a darker color or at least include one darker color in your color scheme it will help make you look slimmer.


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When possible, make sure all outfits in your family or color scheme are given equal visual weight with the use of patterns and colors. For example, don’t have one person
in bright blue and everyone else in a dull color. Keep everyone on the same playing field to attract the eye.

Shirt Choices

Ok I’ll be honest. When a client shows up with a shirt that includes Logos I’m not 100% in love with their choice. However, if it works for them that’s great! I recommend avoiding distracting prints or logos on T-shirts for pictures. It keeps the eyes focused on your face rather than your T-Shirt.  But as I always say, you need to pick what’s comfortable for you. If that’s your style then it works!

Pay attention to the details

Ok, so I like talking about of the details, so don’t wait till the last minute to find the perfect jewelry or bow. Make sure to do your nails so they look like you want them to
look. The small details will make a difference in some of your close up pictures!



Weather Weary

Dress for the season and for the weather. You never know when the weather in Utah will change so be a little prepared and have an option if it’s colder out than you expected. You also don’t want to wear white in winter for example. If we are taking photos in the fall you should dress for the fall temperatures like sweaters or light jackets or bring a blanket! If we are taking photos in the winter I suggest you do not wear a short sleeve shirt! Utilize what you can to keep your family comfortable, warm if needed and make it part of your session.


Be aware of what location you are going to and what colors are going to work well/ For example, If you are using a wall that is grey you don’t want to be dressed in all grey. Ask your photographer what colors go well with the location or for examples. If you’ve never seen the location before DON’T be afraid to ask for an example of the location or what colors will work well. Any good photographer should be able to help you with that.

What to Wear for Family Pictures | Logan Utah Family Photographer

Well there you have it! Some of my favorite tips and suggestions for What to Wear for Family Pictures! We love being a Logan Utah Family Photographer!

What to Wear for Family Pictures | Logan Utah Family Photographer

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Contact Stacey Hansen Photography to book your family session. We can help capture your extended family session,  family of 3 and anywhere in between! We have a price that will work for your budget! Pricing starts at $100 for a mini session and goes up to $200 or $350+ for larger groups! We capture your special moments, posed pictures and some fun photos in between.  We love different group photos, parents, kids, girls, boys, those silly shots and of course the canvas printed standard family photo that you will cherish forever! There is never a better time to book photos than NOW. Call us today! Don’t wait!

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About Stacey Hansen

I'm a 30 something year old wife, mom, step mom, dog mom and photog! I'm passionate about capturing your memories in the moment and creating a unique client experience for all to love.

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