photography: Be Spoke Photography
gingerbread house, gingerbread men, and cupcakes: The Art Of Cake
wreath: Flowers By Willows
location: ABC Tree Farm
When dressing your family for photos I find that matching everything is cute but is also becoming a little dated. It’s also much easier in my opinion to dress everyone in a similar colour palette and tone rather than pin pointing exact colours that everyone must wear.
How did I get everyone’s clothes to blend onto one colour palette?
I found Annaliese’s beautiful dress at Zara in the summer and took colour inspiration from that. The intricate embroidery, beads, and patterns are all muted jewel tones.
The only person I needed to buy clothes to fit with the palette was myself – Matt had the perfect sweater and shirt that we bought a few years ago, and I had picked up a b&w grid dress from a local children’s boutique (The Skinny) the month before for Abigail.
For photoshoots (and even for blog outfits) I try to keep your eye busy when it comes to clothes. But when there is too much to look at you’re visually overstimulated, so to avoid that I go by this outfit formula for a family of 4:
2 different patterns + 2 standout textures + light/dark contrasting outfits for featuring individuals = the perfect (un)coordinated family outfits
What does that all mean? Let’s break it down!
2 Different Patterns: Keep it simple, when too many patterns (no matter how colour coordinated they are) are combined it’s too much to look at. Stripes, polkadots, and plaid? That’s too much. But here I combined the paisley dress and the grid dress for the girls’ outfit (most of the time their coats covered them up), and it’s perfect amount of pattern and their both neutral so they pair nicely.
2 Standout Textures: Adding eye catching textures heightens your outfit no matter if it’s for day-to-day wear or for family photos. The 2 textures in our photos are the velvet dress (it catches the light beautifully), and both my littlest and I are wearing grey faux fur hats. Faux fur is the most glamorous texture during the fall and winter – whether it’s a faux fur trimmed hood, cowl, gloves, hat, purse – faux fur needs to be on your list for your winter family photos.
Light/Dark Contrasting Outfits: You may have or haven’t noticed but in these photos your focus is directed to my children. Sure, they are the cutest (you make cute babies, Matt), but I have distinctly styled their outfits to make your attention drawn to them. The adults are wearing darker colours, and the children are wearing light colours because I wanted the your (subconscious) attention to be on them.
So when dressing your group for photos who do you want the attention on? Do you want your children to be in the spotlight? Are you pregnant – maybe you want to highlight that your family is growing by using contrasting outfits? Maybe it’s a 25th anniversary and the couple should be highlighted? These are styling factors to think about that will come out through your photographs.
I hope you find dressing your family a little easier this year! Do you have any questions? Feel free to message or email me!