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What to wear for family photos

Updated: Sep 4

As a Knoxville family photographer, I get asked all the time "What should we wear?" Hopefully this blog post will help answer that question!




So you've scheduled your family pictures, but now comes the most asked question and topic that brings the most stress when it comes to pictures: What do we wear?? What is on trend? Should we go with bright colors, do we need to match? Look no further. I am going to lay out here what you should and what you should NOT wear for family pictures.


  • I always tell my clients, go neutral. You may think that's boring, but it actually can be a wide variety of colors/shades! Greys, cream, white, tan, brown, black, denim. You can even incorporate some muted tones of blush and greens.

  • Patterns are good, but be mindful! Typically vertical stripes are more flattering than horizontal. Smaller prints can bring in a fun, attractive vibe without being too distracting. Incorporating plaid is nice (during fall and winter), but again, a little goes a long way. A plain scarf, or button up is good. Too much plaid on everyone will be a distraction and take away from the connection and beauty of the family.

  • Denim! Tried and true, you really cannot go wrong with denim. It can be coordinated into just about any style and can be dressed up or down.

  • Layers. I love layers. Scarves, cardigans, sweaters, tee shirts tied over top of a dress. If you do it right, layers can bring dimension and great style to your images.


Now, let's talk a bit about what NOT to wear.

  • Super bright/neon colors. Bright colors can sometimes be distracting and harsh. Wearing neutrals or more muted colors ensures that your photos will be timeless and never go out of style.

  • Baseball caps. I had to put this one. Guys, please give us just 1 hour without it for pictures. Trust me ;-)

  • Shirts with logos or TV characters. I'll include big patterns in this one.

  • Hoodies. This isn't a hard rule, especially in the case of Seniors. But for the most part, just skip the hoodie.

  • Formal clothes. Let your clothes reflect your surrounding. Certainly dress nice, but no need to be fancy.

  • Do not go over board on matching everyone. Coordinating is a better way to think of it. Think color pallets rather than matching shirts. Variety is good :-) Also, this is another reason why neutral works so well!

What should I dress my kids in?

  • Avoid short dresses on little ones. They tend to ride up and make certain poses difficult

  • Try your best to avoid diapers showing. Diaper covers or spandex shorts are a great option under dresses!

  • Character tops/logos should be avoided here as well.

  • Keep their outfits very similar to yours! Muted/neutral, comfy and relevant to their surroundings.

  • Solid tees, denim, khakis, polos, dresses, jumpers. All perfect!




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