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What to wear?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

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No stress friends, I'm here to make this process as pain free as possible! But first, let's get excited!! If you are here reading this the odds are that you have a family photoshoot to plan for and that is EXCITING!! Wether it is with me LL at My City Photos one of Vancouvers leading family photography companies or, with someone else. I want to help!

Step one -


Think about who you are as a family and what kind of photos you are wanting to achieve. Formal, casual or somewhere in the middle?

Step two -


Start thinking about colours. If you will be hanging these photos on your walls look at the decor in your home, do you use a lot of bright colours, muted, pastels, neons?

When thinking of colours you should also consider what time of year it is and where you are having your photos taken.

*If you are doing photos outside is it spring, summer, fall or winter?

*If you are doing photos in a studio, what colour will the backdrop be?

No matter where you are taking photos stick to 3-4 'main' or 'accent' colours and work from there!

Here are some great colour pallets to work from;

Click the images to get direct links to the clothing!!

Now, there are a millllion and one different things you could wear. Focus on 3-4 colours that suit YOUR family then go from there!

Notice there are solids mixed with patterns, tops are never the same colour as each other, neither are the bottoms. Gone are the days of everyone wearing jeans and white tops! Textures, layers and pattern mixing is the way to go these days!

Just in case you didn't find a colour pallet that you liked above, here are a bunch more!

Step three -


Once you have your clothing chosen add some great accessories to add that extra colour and/or give some texture.

NOTE - If you have little kids that you will be picking up I don't suggest wearing a long necklace as it will be hard to keep its shape. Also avoid something you know your kids will play with and distract them too much.

Bows for hair, scarves, bracelets, headbands, suspenders, a coat that can come on and off are all great ideas! You could do hats too but I would save those for closer to the end of the session for a few shots as hats can cover faces and cause shadows.

Step four-


You have your colours picked out and the vibe you are going for in terms of formal or casual. High fives!

Now it's time to see what you many have in your closet already that may work and then shop for the rest.

Start in your closet. Pull out any pieces of yours or any other family members that may work. Lay it out on the floor to get a really good visual of what it looks like. Take a photo with your phone for reference later on.

*Online shopping is easy, you could always start there. Just be sure that your not stressing about delivery date and give yourself lots of time just in case the item doesn't fit, colour is off etc.

*If you head to the mall try and find a store that has 'collections' places like Old Navy usually have seasonal collections that make shopping much easier!

Step five-


Start this process as soon as you have booked your session. If your having photos with me, I will be in touch to help start planning right away. Leaving this step to the very end with stress you OUT. No need for that!


- I would suggest choosing Mommas outfit first. Let's be honest if Mom is not feeling amazing then in the photos then the photos you take may never see the light of day lol

- Avoid characters or logos on T-shirts

- Parents, try your tops on prior to your session and pick your kids up wearing them. Are they still fitting properly still, are they falling off of you, twisting etc. Make sure your tops are kid friendly as much as possible!


Need more help? Having a session with me? Don't hesitate to get in touch, I'm happy to skype with you or chat on the phone or even make a house call to help you out!

:) LL

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