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How to Look Better Than Pinterest | Family Styling Guide

What to wear to your family photoshoot!

Although I definitely don’t think that Pinterest should be the ideal that you compare yourselves to, I do know everyone feels a bit of tension when it comes to dressing their family for their family portrait session! 

Here’s a couple of tips for dressing your family as you get ready for your annual portrait shoot!


  1. Don’t all wear the same color- I know it’s tempting, but we’re going for family-chic here, not awkward-family-photo. Go for coordination as a hipper alternative to matching. 
  2. Consider the season- Keep in mind the colors of your surroundings. If you’re having pictures done outside on a fall day, you’ll want to steer away from orange or something that will make you blend in to your surroundings (and not in a good way). Here are some suggestions based on the season: 
    1. Fall- plums, burgundy, dark greens, denim, mixed neutrals
    2. Winter- light neutrals, dark denim, tweed, pops of red or gold
    3. Spring- pastels, linen, light neutrals, blues
    4. Summer- brighter colors, light denim, pinks, blues, khaki
  3. Pick one person’s outfit with multiple colors on it, and use that as a base for planning everyone else’s outfit. Say that mom’s dress has 4 colors in it, use that palette to pull pieces for the rest of the family or pair it with complementary neutrals. 


Can’t wait to see you rocking your Christmas Cards this year!


The Problem is, You Don't Realize You're SO Worth It

We rarely had "professional" photos taken of my family growing up. I remember being sad about it in middle school and I coordinated a time for us to get our photo taken at JC Penny. I picked out everyone's outfits and made sure we all matched, marched our butts to the mall, and then proudly hung that photo in our hallway next to the one we had taken at church 10 years before that. When my dad got sick, we hired a talented high end photographer, who is now my dear friend, to photograph our family. I remember crying when I called her because I couldn't stand thinking that we might not have recent family photos before my dad died. Of course my dad was tough of nails and stuck around for a few more years. When my brother got married this spring, I begged them to hire an awesome photographer, which I'm so glad they did. Those are the last real photos we have of my dad because he died just a few weeks later.

I often see the inward struggle when people contemplate investing in great photos. I totally get it - life and weddings are expensive, but I also want to tell people- if you invest in one thing, please invest in your memories! You and your family are priceless and we are never promised tomorrow. 

So treat yourself to great photography. You deserve it and your family will be forever grateful. 

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