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Family Photoshoot Outfit Tips (ANY SEASON) | Ventura, CA

Have you ever struggled with choosing outfits for your Family’s Photoshoot?  Check out some awesome styling tips below!

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

There is an old-fashioned idea floating around that everyone needs to wear matching clothing. This is NOT true! Coordinating is far better than matching & much more preferred. Choose cohesive colors, but don’t fall into the trap that you all need to be wearing the exact same blue shirt. Your photos will be far more interesting with some variation! If you’re overwhelmed with where to start, start with a print that you love & pull in some of the coordinating colors with other pieces.

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

I recommend having at least three colors in your palette. Adding in a couple of patterns looks nice too, as long as their complement one another! Add in a solid shirt for one person, maybe some pattern for another. Remember, the key is to coordinate, so the colors in your prints & patterns are your friend! You can easily keep your color scheme neutral & add in smaller amounts of color for variety.

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

∙ Set aside some time to plan outfit coordination

∙ Pick a color scheme

∙ Mix patterns & solids (be mindful of the type of pattern, if unsure, ask your photographer)

∙ Limit the amount of patterned clothing as well as any conflicting or loud patterns & avoid graphics tees (it can be too distracting)

∙ Consider the time of year & the location of your session (this session was documented this past Fall)

∙ Also include » personal/sentimental items (ex. their favorite toy or blanket), fun additional accessories (headbands/bows, necklaces, suspenders, bow ties, flowers, balloons), & a clean snack for the kiddos (such as Cheerios)

∙ Make sure to ask your photographer for any suggestions, if they have a styling guide to help you get started, or with help along the way (I offer separate styling suggestion guides for couples as well as families)

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Helping my clients get ready for their session is one of my greatest joys! I hope these tips give you some ideas & help you to feel a little more comfortable/prepared.

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Family photoshoot outfit tips | family photography | ventura photographer | Santa barbara photographer

Client Testimonial: “Jessica was extremely helpful and patient when I was picking out our outfits. I sent her several outfit options so she could go through them and give her expert advise!! I loved working with her and would recommend her to ALL!! Especially if you want a fun and memorable photo session! Thanks again Jess!!!!” – Taylor L.

» Relocating to Ventura County, CA from San Diego! Will provide services for the areas within & around Ventura County as well as Santa Barbara, CA beginning February 2021. Let’s chat!

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