I don’t know about you but I always stress over what to wear when getting pictures taken.

I want to coordinate but not necessary match or all wear the same color.

Then you have to worry about keeping all the kids from getting something on their new outfit that you spent multiple hours searching for and who knows how much money. Or if you’re like me forget the kids and worry about yourself! I can’t be at the farm (our typical portrait backdrop) for longer than 15 minutes without getting something all over my clothes!

So, for this post I did what any social media loving gal would do and searched for some ideas on Pinterest.

I found some awesome tips and am actually excited about our next photo shoot later this summer when our little guy turns one!

1. Color Scheme

Stick with three colors, two neutrals (think beige, ivory, black, gray, white and in this case navy or denim – just keep the denim to the same color wash) and one pop of color. If you are gifted in the coordinating clothing department like my sister feel free to add more colors but for us beginners this is a good first step!

Here are a couple of examples to get you thinking!


Source: How Not to Dress Like a Mom


Source: Kristen Duke Photography


Source: Erica Kirby Photography

2. Think about your back drop. Where are your pictures going to be taken and what colors are prevalent? In this case think contrasting colors, this way you will stand out and not blend into the background.



Source: Catherine Clay Photography

3. Accessorize! Layering and accessories add texture and interest to your photos and can be lots of fun! They can also tie the individual pieces together and create a rich cohesive look. For accessories think jewerly, scarf, headband, cardigan, shoes, hats, belts, etc.


Source: Apple Brides


Source: Kristen Duke Photography

I hope these tips make your next family photo shoot a little less stressful. The more comfortable you are in your clothes the more comfortable you will all come across in your photos!


Liz Kelsay

I’m a dairy cattle showing, wine loving, cake baking, wife and mommy navigating the world of friend’s bridal/baby showers while living & loving life on the farm.