Elevate Your Photo Session Style: Tips for Outfit Selection and Shopping

When it comes to preparing for a photo session, one of the most frequently asked questions is, "What should we wear?" The answer might seem complex, but at its core, it's all about comfort and confidence. After all, if you don't feel at ease in your outfit, it'll show in your photos. 

Let's start with the mamas out there, as they often bear the brunt of outfit stress. Of course, you want to look your best, but feeling good in what you wear is equally essential. So, keep this in mind as you embark on your outfit search. Meanwhile, dads and the gents tend to have it easier, effortlessly rocking a pair of stylish pants or jeans with a t-shirt, sweater, or button-up shirt. Unfair, right?

But fret not, I've got your back! Follow these steps, and hopefully, we can take the stress out of your outfit planning. I'm always here as a sounding board to assist you in selecting your attire. 🙋🏻‍♀️

Recognizing that everyone has a different budget, let's explore some alternatives:

Step 1: Choose Your Color Palette

Start by deciding on a color palette that resonates with you. If you're seeking inspiration, check out my Pinterest board for some fantastic examples CLICK HERE . Remember, it's best to wear a mix of colors. Avoid excessive matching or having multiple people wear the same item. Instead, coordinate your colors while incorporating a mix of solids and 1-2 patterns. You don't want your clothes to steal the spotlight; you want the focus on the connections you share. Also, try to avoid everyone wearing the same color bottoms or sneakers (unless they're exceptionally cool or it's a personal style statement 😜).

Step 2: Shop Smart and Sustainably

Before you rush out to buy a whole new wardrobe for the family, take a look at what's already hanging in your closet. You might be surprised at what you can repurpose. Reduce, reuse, and recycle, right?

Now, when it's time to shop, here are some go-to places to consider:

For Women:

For Babies and Toddlers:

For Men and Boys:

Remember to check what's already in their closets that can complement your chosen outfits. Amazon is often a reliable starting point for finding suitable pieces.

Shop Smart, or Not at All!

While I've provided some shopping suggestions to help you find the perfect outfits for your family photo session, please remember that these are just recommendations. You don't have to break the bank to look fantastic for your photos. In fact, there are plenty of budget-friendly alternatives out there, from thrift stores to borrowing from friends and family.

The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in what you wear. So, whether you choose to shop at the suggested retailers or explore other options, know that you have the freedom to make choices that suit your budget and style. The magic of a great family photo lies in the love and connection you share, not in the brand labels on your clothes. Happy styling! 🛍️✨

If you have any questions or need advice along the way, don't hesitate to reach out—I'm here to help. 😊

Remember: Be Yourself, with a Dash of Glamour

In the end, what's most important is that you feel like yourself during the photo session, just with a touch of extra glamour. While beautiful dresses are a great option, they're not mandatory. As seen in this wonderful example below, you can coordinate colors within your family without being overly matchy-matchy. So, mamas, don't feel pressured to don a dress for your session. Embrace your personal style and have fun with it!

In conclusion, whether you're a mama, a dad, or a little one, finding the right outfits for your photo session should be a creative and enjoyable experience. So go ahead, express yourself through your clothing, and let your unique personality shine through in your family photos. 😉🤩