• Villa Li

What to wear to a family photoshoot.

Updated: Dec 19, 2019

The most common question I get from my clients before a photoshoot is:

"What should we/I wear to the photoshoot?"

Having photographed so many families, I know the importance of choosing the right outfit, which can make your photos upgrade a level at the very beginning.

Therefore, here are some general tips, if you are going to attend a photo session soon.

1. Choose a style that suits your location




To make your photos look natural and harmonious, you need to wear the right style for the location you selected. If not, the photo will look awkward.


Natural environment: woods/park

If you selected a natural setting, choose a casual outfit: a denim/corduroy bottom with a comfy top or a romantic midi flowery all suit the beautiful countryside style


City: architecture

Wear a bit fancier than you usually would; a feminine cut dress and median high heels could show some city vibes.

2. Keep it simple



You want the focus of the photo to be your family, not the shining necklace you received as your birthday gift, so keeping your outfit sample is a key. Follow below tips, you won't get it wrong:

- Wear solid colored clothing?

No pattern is the safest. However, if you decide to have it, try start with one person (for example, a colorful floral dress for mom) and and then keep the rest of the family more simple.

- Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic.



3. Select the right color



- Try muted color instead of bright color;

For example, replace bright red with dark red; replace bright yellow with mustard.


- Choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait;

Start with one, and have everyone work within that color palette. For example, all deep, rich tones: dark green, navy, and burgundy;

or lighter, softer tones: light blue, light pink and cream;


- Avoid all white/all black clothing;


- Choose A color that matches your home decor;

If you plan to hang your family portraits on the wall,

4. Consider renting your outfit




Or If you are looking for an eye-catching, elegant designer dress, and don’t have time to shopping around for the appropriate dress, you might consider renting one. We provide a selection of adjustable evening gowns- contact us for details.


5 Natural Make up


If your are not used to wearing a lot of makeup, you might want to go light and natural. Avoid using strong colors of lipstick/blush, and heavy eyelashes, Then you won't be unconformable with the result that the person on your photo doesn't really look like you.

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