Planning Your family
tips for what to wear
Hi there! I’m so excited to be working with your family and can’t wait to see you soon! If we haven’t met before, I’m Karla Vacek, the photographer and owner of Brittany Avenue Photography. This is a recent picture of me with my family… My boys are 11 and 13 now (when did that happen?!?). I not only have 10+ years of experience of being a photographer, but also 13 years of experience as a mom planning our own annual family pictures. I know for moms it can be a little (or a lot?!?) over whelming planning everyone’s outfits for your session, but I’m here to help!
I hope this guide will help make this as stress free as possible for you, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any additional help picking out outfits. I’m more than happy to send over some links to outfits that will work for your family if you need help!
WHAT TO WEAR
Here are a few general tips to keep in mind…
It’s never too early to start shopping! Have outfits picked out well in advance and make sure everyone tries them on to make sure they fit. Give yourself plenty of time in case you need to exchange for a different size, etc.
When you think about the color palette for everyone’s outfits, pick colors that go with the decor in your home so that when you hang the pictures on your walls it will go with your home decor. Neutrals are my favorite because they are timeless and they’ll go with anything as you change home decor in the future.
The colors from everyone’s outfits should coordinate, not be matchy-matchy. Light neutral colors and pastels are my favorite. Avoid bright colors– The light will bounce off your clothing and create color casts on your skin that are unflattering.
WHERE TO START
I always recommend picking mom’s outfit first and then picking out all of the other outfits to coordinate with mom’s dress.
Pick one outfit with a subtle pattern (think subtle floral pattern) and then all other outfits should be in neutrals and colors that go with that pattern. Choose fabrics such as cotton, linen and gauze; avoid satin and shiny or heavy fabrics.
what to wear...
A maxi dress is most flattering for moms. Keep in mind that if you have little ones that are active or that you’ll be holding in the pictures, you may want to wear a cami or bralette underneath your dress if it’s low cut. If you want to add a pattern, a subtle floral pattern works great.
A neutral colored henley or lightweight sweater with khaki chinos work great for dads. Some dads prefer to wear a collared button up shirt, and that is fine too. Chnios are a great option since they’re casual but look nicer than jeans.
A dress in a lightweight fabric works great for girls. For younger girls, make sure it’s easy for them to move in (avoid a-line dresses). For babies that aren’t walking yet, a romper works best since they’ll be held for most of the session. At the very least, make sure if little ones are wearing a dress that they’re wearing a coordinating diaper cover.
Linen overalls are a favorite for baby boys. For toddlers and older boys, a simple t-shirt or henley in a neutral color with khaki chinos works great. For young boys, toddlers and babies, avoid collared shirts since they tend to hide part of their face when they’re moving around.
First, decide which color palette you want to incorporate in your session. Then click on the color palette below to see some of our top picks for Spring 2023.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this!
I hope this guide helps you get started planning your outfits for your session. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed or stuck on what to wear, please send me an e-mail. I’m happy to put together a personalized sytle board for you and your family!