Coordinating an entire family wardrobe for portraits is a lot of work! I always suggest starting with what you have in your closet and building out from there.

Being comfortable and staying true to your personal style is important. Here are some things to take into consideration in making your photo session a success!


Earth tones and muted neutral colors are sure to create a timeless look.

Tones of Brown, Cream, Green and Grey are great starters.

For family portraits choose about 2-3 of these colors and add a pop of warm color for visual interest like Mustard, Rust, Blush or Wine based on the season or your taste.

For Example: Mom has a long neutral flowy floral dress and pulls about 3 colors from it for the rest of the family.

The portrait location also plays a major role in coordinating a cohesive look, taking tones from the surrounding environment works wonderfully. Most of my sessions take place in desert scenery so neutrals and a pop of rust during golden hour photographs beautifully and compliments my editing style.

Take into account the colors used in your home. Your printed & framed images will take your decor to another level!


Incorporating one subtle pattern is perfect without overdoing it. Patterns such as checkers or horizontal stripes are advised against as they create an odd moire effect, also multiple of the same pattern like plaid is too matchy matchy, in that which we are trying to avoid. If you would like to incorporate more than one pattern make sure one print is much larger and more simple so that they are not competing.


Layering creates wonderful visual interest as well as material that easily moves in the wind!

Natural fabrics that drape give a fun sense of motion, which just makes lifestyle images really shine. This is why I always suggest long maxi dresses for women and older girls. Another bonus to wearing a maxi dress or skirt is that you may not feel like you have to focus on posing so much since your legs would be covered. If you don’t usually wear dresses or long skirts you could use this as a fun opportunity to dress up.

Flowy dresses especially ones that drape over the shoulders are that touch of ethereal, boho magic that really can bring an image to life.

If jeans and a nice top are more your thing definitely go for that!

Examples of textures to mix together:








Accessories can really transform an average outfit by incorporating items such as chunky knitted sweaters, denim, scarves, hair bows, suspenders, boots and stylish hats to polish a look. 

Foot Wear:

Boots in tones of brown always work! It’s hard to hide dirt on black shoes and white soles can stick out like a sore thumb. Photographing sweet baby feet adds a special touch to these moments so we may remove socks and shoes if that is okay with you!


  • Bright white
  • Neon
  • Metallics
  • Red
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Extremely vibrant colors
  • Too much blue

  • Clothing that is too tight as the focus will be on adjusting clothing rather than your family/session.

Please pay extra attention in clothing fit if modesty is an issue.

  • All black outfits
  • Matching outfits
  • Baseball caps
  • Shorts
  • Too much plaid

  • Athletic shoes, Flip flops, dirty shoes, shoes with graphics, logos and bright colored shoes. ***Close toed shoes should always be worn in desert locations

  • Crazy sock colors or prints. Keep them plain, matching and neutral

  • Chipped nail polish, animal hair

  • Apple watches, keys and other devices in pockets, for these types of mishaps can also be costly to outsource

  • Hair ties on the wrist

  • Getting a haircut, trying new makeup or getting a tan the day or week of the session is always a bad idea

  • Dresses on babies end up being hard to photograph, neutral bloomers can help avoid accidental diaper shots. Little rompers or bell bottoms are preferred for little ones.

Most importantly please forego all logos, characters or word screen prints as these will be distracting, date your photos and do not help with creating a look of “togetherness”.

Our goal is to keep the attention on your lovely faces!


Here are a few extra tips to make sure your picture day goes smoothly!

  1. Prepare to use up the whole session appointment, although we may get all the shots we need earlier
  2. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to your session location
  3. Be sure everyone has eaten before you arrive, and think about scheduling naps while coordinating a time for your Photoshoot.
  4. Change diapers, use restroom & change clothing before session start time (not every location has a restroom)
  5. Bring Water!
  6. Plan to leave any extra accessories in your vehicle or in a bag you can toss on the ground
  7. Remove sunglasses early to avoid red-nose indentations. Also remove phones & keys from pockets
  8. Bring some non-messy snacks for little ones who may need some bribing
  9. No need to focus on always looking at the camera and don’t worry about how the kids may be behaving.
  10. Trust me, be in the moment and have a blast!


I know a long list of do’s and don’ts can be daunting, these are just tips that have come from my own experience. Please reach out if you need any assistance in styling your wardrobe. I am here to help create the best possible images for you and your family!