Styling Your Family Beach Session

You just booked your family beach shoot, so what’s next?…  What should we wear?

So here are a few tips that I have when choosing your outfits.

Keep it pretty casual:  By that I mean, you want something that you are comfortable in, where you can easily get down on the ground, where it looks like it fits the beach.  I would stay away from satin dresses (for little girls) or fancy Easter type dresses.

Think color:  While white is pretty and it’s classic, colors look great on the beach. Soft pastels are beautiful, but navy with a pop of red, coral or yellow makes a colorful statement! If you want to go white, I would encourage textures and maybe even creams and neutrals paired with denim.

Women:  Wear a sundress, maxi dress, or palazzo pants.  Anything flowy.  Remember you are on the beach.  Shorts just don’t photograph well on women.  Keep in mind textures and patterns.

Men:  Button downs are perfect, linen shorts or madras shorts… I recommend button downs because they don’t cling.

Things to NOT do:

  • Don’t get burnt 🙂 I know you are at the beach, but you don’t want to be too red for the pictures…. and try really hard not to have raccoon eyes with your sunglasses
  • No shoes or socks… they just look funny on the beach

Things to do:

  • Bring something to pull long hair back as it gets really windy sometimes
  • Don’t forget about accessories!  Pretty necklaces or cute hats for little ones…

I’ve put together a few ideas for family outfits …they might help get your juices flowing for your session!


Mint/teal paired with pink/peach

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Navy and coral/red

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What to Wear – Tree Farm

There’s really only a couple different color palettes that will make your holiday portraits on a Christmas Tree Farm fun and festive.  November can be a little chilly, so dress casual, yet fashionable but also don’t forget warm.

Choose plaids (in red & black or navy), they have both a rustic woodsy and modern edgy feel, perfect for chopping down your tree or frolicking with reindeer on the farm.

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Dark jeans that have grit to them is always a great choice for the parents, especially the husband. Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 6.46.52 PM

Continue to think about texture, layering, and color – add a little green into the mix.

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A neutral palette has a classy, timeless appeal that is especially popular around the Holidays.

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Don’t forget to accessorize! Try some riding boots, a scarf, cute mittens or winter hat to get creative with your look!

As you think about your outfits, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Happy fabulous planning!

Styling your Spring Family Photo Shoot

Choosing what to wear for family photos can be a challenge. Selecting a color palette that works for everyone and looks good takes some thought and effort!

Your outfits can really make the shoot.  Choose a style you like and a few colors you like as well.  Parents should dress fashionable, yet simple. Focus more of the funky, unique style on the kids.  I recommend investing in your child’s clothing for this session since it does make a huge difference in the final product.

After the long cold winter, everyone is ready for new blossoms in the spring!  Here are a few coordinating choices that will look fabulous.  You can never go wrong with light pinks and ivory tones for your spring shoot.


Light jeans is always a great choice for the parents. Pair them with neutrals for a classic year-round look that is both classy and has a timeless appeal.


Continue to think about texture and color.  Aqua is an amazing color in the spring that looks great on both genders.  Consider pairing it with corals or navy/grays.



Pick colors that compliment each other, like bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, fushsia, turquoise, etc) and try to stay away from all white.


If you are going to wear a print, stay away from small ones, there is not a lot of visual interest (think bold!).  A floral dress is a great start for a little girl in rose and olive.  Bring in some of those colors for the rest of the family for a fresh modern look!


Don’t forget to accessorize! Try a floral headband (as long as it’s not too big and gaudy), a fedora hat, Chuck Taylor high tops, or a statement jewelry piece to get creative with your look!



As you think about your color palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person/outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Happy planning!