Family Photo “Fun”
Ok, let’s face it. We all usually love how family photos eventually turn out, but the process of getting to the amazing end result can be flat out painful. I’m not going to lie, I promise myself every year that we will NEVER do family photos again. If you all have kids, I’m sure you understand the the drama that goes into prepping for these photos. You need to time the toddler’s nap and bribe your older kids into obedience. Once my kids get changed into their photo shoot clothes, they inevitably always beg for a messy snack. Mom always needs to look good and ensure all family members look their best also. By the time we get to the location for the photos, I’m always about to lose it. But every year the same thing happens: I love the end result. There’s just something about capturing these little magical moments in time. I’ve been looking through our past yearly family photo sessions, and I can’t believe how much my babies have grown. I really do think family photos are worth it in the end at least!
Family Photo Outfit Planning:
I have 3 children, and my sister Jennifer has 2 of her own as well as 2 step kids. Wardrobe planning for 5-6 people can be downright overwhelming to say the least. Oftentimes, I just don’t know where to start. This is what I have learned over the last couple years: start with your outfit. Mom is the one who usually bends over backwards planning these events, right? She deserves to get first dibs at outfit choices. Everyone else should coordinate around her. I usually pick my outfit and then try to pick 2-3 colors that compliment the colors in my outfit and go from there. I’ve generally heard people say not to wear any patterns with family photos. I’d have to say I disagree with this. I think a simple pattern in a few family members’ outfits makes the photos not so boring. If you wear a busier pattern, try throwing a solid cardigan or sweater over the print for a more neutral look.
Here’s some great outfits for MOM linked below:
Outfits for Dad:
I’m not trying to knock my husband, but he would agree with the following statement: I tell him what to wear, and he shows up for the pictures. We generally try to keep our pictures a little “dressy casual”- like something we would maybe wear on Sunday to church. I always love a slightly fitted jean on guys. If they’re too baggy, the outfit can look a little sloppy. I usually have my husband wear a cute relaxed button down shirt or a patterned collared shirt with a neutral sweater over depending on the weather.
Here’s some great looks for guys linked below:
Outfits for the kids:
Ok, let’s face it, kids generally look cute in almost anything. My go to stores that carry great kids clothes without too many busy patterns or logos are gap, old navy, H and M, and Janie and Jack. I generally try to steer away from having my kids in exact matching outfits. I love it so much more when kids’ clothes compliment each other instead. And again, I wouldn’t be scared to throw in a simple pattern here or there. For my boys, just like Dad, I love to do a cute button up sometimes with a sweater over depending on the weather. My baby girl is obsessed with dresses, and I love to plan her brothers’ outfits around her’s (just like Mom)!
Here’s some links for great kids’ outfits below:
Thanks for reading everyone! Like always, I’ll continue to endure the drama that goes into planning family photo shoots; it really is worth it in the end! Happy shopping everyone!