Dressing for the photo session is easier than you think. Start by picking a few colors everyone already has in their closet, which will make it both faster and cheaper to get dressed for your session. 

Consider the season of the session.  Maybe you'd like a particular pop of color (like the red you see in this family's photo session).


Regardless of the time of year, I always suggest starting with a neutral base.  I think of a "neutral" color as a color you'd find often in nature.

For a relaxed look, jeans are always a safe bet.  Jeans also coordinate with a variety of other pant/skirt options.  

If you're looking to go more formal, remember everyone should be as comfortable as possible, since they may be asked to move around or get cozy on the grass.

Finally, once you think you have the perfect outfit combos, lay them out on a bed or floor together.  Seeing them all together before you're just about to head out the door will give you the chance to change something if you decide you don't like an accent scarf or shirt.  And don't forget about shoes!  Look at shoes, necklaces, hats, and ties, too!

Use the examples below for more inspiration!

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Dad in a

Neutral Sweater

Matching Outfits

for the girls

Tones of gray

for their brother

Mom in both gray & white

to match everyone

Blue jean one-piece

coordinates well with all tones of blue

Casual open collar

and basic white undershirt

Mom in jean x2

with subtle accessories

Dad in blue and white

with a slight orange accent

Mom & Dad

Both cuffed shirt sleeves

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Coordinating tops

Both off-shoulder style

Jean tones

match, not clash

Same Relaxed

hair styles

Simple & Natural


Her bracelets

match the red in her sister's top

How to enjoy your session

And survive a photo shoot with little ones and furry friends!

  • Don't be shy - ask for the thing you need to make you more comfortable during the session.

  • Bribe, bribe, bribe.  If you're bringing little ones, tell them what they get after the session if they're good.  It could be a trip to their favorite playground, a sweet treat, or an extra book before bed. 

  • For our furry friends, please bring their favorite treats - and lots of them! If they have a favorite toy, bring that along, too.  And don't forget the disposable bags for the gifts your friend may try to leave at our location.

But most of all...have fun!  This is your time to enjoy, relax, and let me capture the genuine happy times in your life.  Not only will I capture more if you're having a good time, but you'll also treasure the images more.