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How to style your family photoshoot

how to style your family photoshoot

I love a family photoshoot! These pics are a big deal in my household. Each year we plan a time to take photos; it’s a way to capture the year. I love knowing there are snapshots of the family each year; capturing how we’re growing, maturing, and evolving. Not to mention the family Christmas card! We usually plan for our photos to be taken prior to the holiday season. This way we can use one or more of the professional photos taken.

As a fashion lover and someone who gets so excited for anything to do with styling; choosing outfits for a family photoshoot is a moment for my creative juices to start flowing! I relish in the preparation; creating collages with different ideas for what my hubby, boys, and myself will be wearing. Still, it can be a bit overwhelming. If fashion isn’t your place of comfort than it might feel like an added pressure to figure out what everyone will wear on the big day. Just remember what truly matters. It’s the interaction and the love between everyone in the photos! Nevertheless, a cohesive color scheme never hurt anybody and can totally play up the photos! With that, I’ve come up with a few tips and visuals for making the outfit planning a bit easier and a lot more fun!

Edwards family photos:

Our most recent family photos were taken this past summer by the Gold Gate Bridge. Our photographer captured the essence of our family beautifully! If you’re in the Bay Area and in need of photos be sure to check her out! Praise Santos- Photographer She’s super outgoing and amazing with kiddos! So important when taking pictures with kids. You never know how the kids will do and she was so flexible. Didn’t rush us through pics and interacted with the boys; seriously helped them to warm up to her and the camera!

How to style your family photoshoot!

Styling Examples:

#1 Green tones: Classic feels!

how to style your family photoshoot
#2 Burgundy and blue: Cool vibes!
how to style your family photoshoot

Tips (using image #2 as the example)

  1. Formal or Casual: Decide how dressy you want everyone to be. Is it a casual family photoshoot? Is it formal? Once the theme is decided you can choose accordingly for everyone.
  2. Color Scheme: Create a color scheme. Typically, I like to stay within a three/four-color grouping. For example- in the family photo set #2 the colors are burgundy, cream, grey, and blue. Choose two bold hues and a couple neutrals to compliment.
  3. The piece: Find one piece that speaks to you and plan the rest of the outfits around that item. For example, I planned the burgundy family look around the boy’s polka dotted button down. I started browsing online and found this shirt. I spoke to me and decided it would be the piece for the rest of my styling inspiration.
  4. Rule of thumb: match colors/clash patterns. The boy is wearing a polka dotted button down. Following the rule of thumb; I would not style anyone else in polka dots. However, I would use other patterns with similar color palettes to complement each other. The girl’s dress has pops of burgundy throughout. The colors of the button-down shirt and dress coincide while the patterns clash. A perfect way to create cohesion without it getting to matchy-matchy!
  5. Create balance: I now have two patterned pieces chosen. Time to incorporate neutrals! Too much pattern can become overwhelming. Especially, in photos; it’s important to keep things from getting too busy. Incorporating a couple solid pieces helps to balance the pattern.

Little something extra:

Ensure your outfits stay crisp and clean up until the very moment photos are taken. Steam/iron and keep hanging till at the photoshoot destination. If taking photos at home wait till moments before the photos are taken to get dressed. Takes away the chances of a spill from food/beverage or creasing from seatbelts and car seats. Wrinkles are the worst!

#2 Red and green: Hello Holiday’s!!

how to style your family photoshootWith the holidays upon us; I thought it would be fun to create a super festive pairing! This one has me wishing we were getting our photos taken this Christmas!!

I sincerely hope you found these tips helpful for you and your family’s next photoshoot! If you’re interested in guidance for your next photoshoot feel free to email me! For a small fee I’d love to help you and yours feel and look amazing for your photoshoot.



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  • Reply Julie Diaz

    Love your ideas!! Nicely done !!!

    November 6, 2018 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thanks a bunch! So glad to know you like them

      November 7, 2018 at 4:38 am
  • Reply Mande

    the red and green is my favorite!

    November 6, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thanks! It’s so festive. I like that one too!

      November 7, 2018 at 4:38 am
  • Reply Betsy

    Great tips on styling a family photo shoot. Adorable kids and perfect outfits, too!!!!

    November 6, 2018 at 10:38 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Awh! Thank you. I think they’re pretty cute too! 😉 But, of course I’m a tad bias! hehe.

      November 7, 2018 at 4:39 am
  • Reply Arielle Worona

    Such amazing tips! Can’t wait to try these out with our fam too!

    November 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Yay! Hope the tips help and hope your family photos go well!

      November 7, 2018 at 4:41 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    These are such cute ideas!! Your family is lovely!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

    November 7, 2018 at 2:04 pm
    • Reply maccarose

      Thanks, so sweet of you to say!

      November 10, 2018 at 5:10 am

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