Be who you are and let your children be who they are! Try to wear what you feel good in and what fits well. Tons of inspiration can be found on Pinterest.
For family sessions, choose a color palette and arrange coordinating outfits instead of matching ones. Have 2 or 3 main colors that can pull everyone’s outfit together. Try to avoid bright, florescent colors that will throw nasty color casts on your skin. Instead of bright primary colors, consider alternates. For example, maroon or burgundy instead of red, mustard instead of yellow, navy instead of blue. As you plan your outfits, keep the location in mind. You want the clothing choices and photo location to compliment each other. It may be easier to first choose the location and then plan the outfits around that location. Also, think about where the images will be displayed. If you are planning on displaying photos on your family room wall, tie the colors and setup of your photos to the color scheme of the room.
Use textures, layers, and accent pieces (outerwear, jewelry, hats, headbands, scarves, sweaters) to add interest. You can then take them on and off throughout the session to add variation. Just be sure you are only using these things to enhance and not overshadow! And rather than making accessories a static part of the photo, baby can grab mom’s necklace during a photo, a child can hold their hat, or someone can drape their jacket over their shoulder as they turn towards the camera.
Feel free to bring along simple objects or props that hold special meaning or match the vibe of the location. For example, a favorite stuffed animal or a handful of wildflowers.
Don’t choose clothing that has large pictures, labels, logos, or words on it, as this often looks too casual for a photo and detracts from the overall feel. People who look at the photos will notice the logo on your child’s shirt before they notice your child’s beaming smile. If you choose a stylish modern look for a photo shoot, make your clothing choices wisely. Choosing something that is overly trendy with no classic features can make your photos look out-of-date long before they need to. Be mindful of socks and shoe selections, as both can detract from the look of the photo.