What to Wear for Your Family Shoot

This is a question I get a lot before family shoots. The days of white shirts with jeans or khakis are out. Just for emphasis, this is my family circa 2002…

IMG_2342Thankfully family portraits are not so matchy-matchy and perfectly posed these days! So, what should you wear? You want to look like yourselves, just more put-together and maybe a little more dressed up. Today, I have 4 color palettes and lots of examples to use as inspiration while styling your family shoot!

But first, let’s remember what not to wear. The Miller family really wanted to be in a Gap ad…IMG_2343

1. The PNW Palette

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 11.48.27 AMfamilyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-6familyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-7familyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-8I call this the PNW palette because the deep tones really pop against a grey, overcast background. Plus, I think a chambray shirt is the ultimate Seattle shirt. I love how the Katts dressed for their January family session at Carkeek Park. Their kids had a great mix of pattern and texture, a great combo for a winter photo shoot!

2. The Golden Tones PaletteScreen Shot 2016-02-09 at 11.56.01 AM

familyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-5This fall inspired palette packs a punch. It layers yellow gold and burnt orange with the more neutral greys and blues. Since blue and orange are complementary colors, variations on these shades really pull a look together. The Tigert Family looked smashing on the beach for their Carkeek Park family shoot.

3. Blondies

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The Biederman Family mixed checked and stripe patterns with white accents to create an awesome contrast. I love their blue/green palette for their May family shoot at Greenlake. If you’re scared to mix patterns and prints, this is the way to do it!

4. The Boys & Girls PaletteScreen Shot 2016-02-09 at 12.37.46 PMfamilyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-3familyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-2

The soft pastels of this palette are beautiful for upcoming Spring shoots! I love the soft colors and the mix of textures for the Gates Family shoot. I’m especially loving blush tones! They complement lots of different skin tones and hair colors.

4. The Holiday PalettesScreen Shot 2016-02-09 at 11.41.07 AMfamilyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-9

The Retka Family combined sweaters in deep primary colors (blue, yellow, red) with a beautiful hunter green for their winter family shoot at Volunteer Park. I love this palette for Christmas cards and winter shoots. Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 12.40.42 PMfamilyphotography_seattlephotographer_seattle_editorialphotographer-4This last palette is another beautiful mix of color and pattern for a holiday card or winter shoot. I love the buffalo plaid and knit sweater. The Grimm family really nailed their winter palette!


If you’d like to see more, check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration. Screen Shot 2016-02-05 at 2.43.57 PM

For family shoot inquiries and booking, email katejmillerphotography@gmail.com for more information!

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