Outfit Ideas for Family Holiday Photos

It’s the season for family holiday photos! If you missed my post on tips and tricks for making family photoshoot days run as smoothly as possible- visit this post. We all know family photos can be, well, stressful. Trying to get everyone out the door looking cute, on time, and praying that no one spills water juice, or gets their clothes dirty is a lot! It’s a WHOLE EVENT, right?

Today, we will be unpacking colors, what to wear, and how to style everyone. This can seem overwhelming, but I promise it’s not as daunting as it looks. Let’s dive right in …

Below, you’ll see several old family photo shoots with different color palettes and themes (if that’s what you want to call it). The main idea is you want to stick to a color palette. No more than 5 colors, and take into account the location when it comes to choosing your colors. If you’re working with a photog, they can help you with that!

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I love looking back at old family photos, but I also hate seeing how much the kids have grown. Time does fly by; it’s just crazy! I mean, look at how small they were in some of these!

Let’s dive right in … Here are my do’s and don’t when it comes to styling family photos;

Tips for nailing the “look”

Do pick a color palette: You can go for fall neutrals, earth tone colors, winter cools, you name it. 

Don’t use too many colors. Choose four max five colors to pair together. 

Do work with your photographer. You need to work closely with your photographer and know your location. For example, if you’re shooting in the woods, you can go for warmer, richer colors. 

Don’t wear the same color. Avoid everyone wearing the same color. Wearing all the same colors can look AMAZING or boring unless you know exactly what you’re doing.

Do find inspiration. If you ever need color inspiration, Pinterest is an excellent source, but I also love going to Pantone

Do play with different textures. Whether it’s sweaters or velvet, have fun with it!

Don’t be afraid to wear prints or patterns. Just don’t overdo it. For example, if you’re ever stuck with what colors to wear, choose a dress or a top with a print, pull the colors from that piece, and choose those colors for everyone else to wear! It works, every. time. 

Lastly, here is a simple graphic with a few color combos to spark some inspiration. Go ahead and take a screenshot and bring it with you when you go shopping in-store or shopping online! I hope this helps!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope this post helped. Would love to hear from you if it did and I would love to see you share your family pictures so I can see your outfits. Are you taking family holiday photos this year?

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I have to say, you and your family look real cute in the first set of photos in matching clothes! 🙂

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