I talked a little today about all the things on my November/December to-do list and to be honest it's overwhelming. One thing I did early this year that I gave myself a pat on the back for was getting family pictures out of the way. I love putting together a Christmas card to send to friends and family and this year we had professional pictures taken for it. I wanted to do them while the weather was somewhat bearable and showcase the beautiful fall colors Michigan offers.
It never fails. This time of year I always get questions about how to style family pictures. My friends and readers send me ideas and pictures and we start from the ground up. It's definitely one of my favorite things to do. Especially because I get to suggest cute little girl clothing for some of them - God blessed me with boys so that's how I get my fix! Over the last year, I've put together some of my own ideas (one of which includes DO NOT WEAR MATCHING OUTFITS but I trust that you've learned a little from me over the last year so I won't insult you by including that) about styling family pictures so I thought I'd lay them out for you! Here they are...5 tips for styling family pictures.
1. Don't Overthink It
You'd be surprised how outfits will come together if you stick to your style and the type of pieces you like for you and your family. If you try and go with something different or something you wouldn't already have in your closet, pieces might start to clash. Go to your closet for inspiration, and then head to every other family member's closet. Pick out a few pieces you each already have and add to them if necessary.
2. Stay Away From Trends
As much as I love to try new trends I would suggest keeping them out of your family pictures. Classic styles will look best and stand the test of time. You don't want to look at these pictures in 5 years and wonder what the heck you were thinking.
3. Mix and Match Styles
When I say mix and match styles I mean types of clothing. So, jeans, dresses, slacks, chinos, skirts, etc. I put Beckett in orange chino's to break up the monotony of the jeans that the rest of us were wearing. If I had a girl I would have put her in a dress or skirt. I seriously considered wearing a dress but I wanted the pictures to feel casual. It's also important to make sure everyone's outfits fall into the same level of dressiness. I wouldn't want to be in an evening gown while my kids are in jeans. I will add that you'll also want to stay away from dressing every family member in the same pattern. I wore a solid sweater to break up the plaid that the boys were wearing. I meant to throw a chambray puffer vest on Beckett for a solid layer but my mom brain forgot about it.
4. Factor In Your Surroundings
Pay attention to what the background of your pictures will be. If you're going to be standing in front of a green barn, don't wear green. Make sure the colors in your outfit compliment where the pictures will be taken. If we were taking these at home on my gray couch with my gray walls I wouldn't have worn a gray sweater because I'd blend right in.
5. Don't Forget the Accessories
For women this means earring or necklaces, even if they're minimal. For girls it means hair bows and tights. For boys it means a little hair gel and fun shoes, and for men it means belts or blazers. All of these additions will complete an outfit and bring the picture together. I always love the addition of texture as well. Whether that means scarves on women or vests on men, anything that adds dimension will help complete each family members look.