What to Wear for Family Photos | Cassandra Janina Photography | Dayton, OH


Do you ever find that it’s a challenge picking out your outfits to wear for your session? I promise, you’re not alone. If there is one thing that clients ask me the most, it’s for suggestions on what to wear. So, here are some tips to help you with styling!

Complement, Don’t Match

The days of all white shirts and khaki pants are a thing of the past. You want to choose colors that will complement each other. You want to pick a couple colors and choose outfits in that scheme. Below are a few examples to give you an idea.

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Limit Patterns

I personally think patterns are beautiful, however you don’t want everyone in your photos wearing a pattern. It will make your images look very busy and it will distract your final image.

Layers and Accessories

This is the quickest way to take your photos from average to amazing! Throw on a cute blazer, jewelry, scarves, ties, hats, hair bows, and etc. This is one of those finishing touches that will help bring it all together.

Textures are your friend

Add some visual interest to your images such as lace, chambray, herringbone, tweed, cable knits, wool, faux fur, and etc.

Home Decor

Bet you didn’t think of this when you first started picking out your outfits. I’m sure you plan on printing your images and posting them on the walls of your home, so why not take this into consideration when choosing your outfits. Pick clothing that will go along with the decor in your home.


Trendy isn't always better

Try to stick to timeless pieces. Have you looked back on photos from when you were a child and thought, “What in the world was I thinking!?" I know I have, so when choosing your outfit keep that thought in your mind. Trends come and go all the time. It’s okay to have 1 trend, but off set that with something that is more traditional and classic. The key is balance!

Dress for comfort

I cannot stress this enough. Pick an outfit that you are 100% comfortable and confident in as well as the rest of the family. If you or someone else is dressed in 10 layers and are extremely uncomfortable this will show off in your photos. And definitely make sure the children are comfortable because we want them to be happy! And don’t forget if your photos are outside take this into consideration when choosing your outfits as well.

Plan ahead

Once you book your session, start thinking of clothes right away. Don’t wait until the day before to gather all the outfits together. You may run into an issue with something not fitting one of the children right or not liking a certain outfit that you have picked out. You want to make sure you give yourself plenty of time, so you aren’t stressed last minute. And try your outfits on prior as well. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that we can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down).

Make the kids happy

Let the kids have an input on what they wear. If you daughter hates wearing dresses, don’t force her to wear a dress. If you son thinks the tie is uncomfortable, ditch it. Remember happy kids make happy photos!


Stay Clear

Stay clear of logos & text, athletic shoes, neon colors (these reflect against your skin leaving horrible color cast), avoid all white & black, no characters (ex: Toy Story, Batman, Cinderella, and etc), ripped jeans, short sleeve t-shirts, complicated patterns, and holiday colors.

Finally RELAX and Have Fun!

Have confidence and strut yo stuff! Your photos will turn out beautiful and if you have questions about your outfit reach out to your photographer. Shoot even send them a photo of what you’re thinking. Have fun at your session and enjoy these memories.


It’s so common to get photos done and keep them digitally, but i’m telling you 10 years from now when your computer corrupts or your phone accidentally deletes all your images you will wish you had them printed. Remember all those beautiful photo albums you look back at from when your parents/grandparents/yourself were younger!? Don’t you want to have those for yourself, your children, grandchildren, and family to look back and reminisce? Don’t question it, just do it! I promise you won’t regret it.

If you would like more information on booking your own family session with me, head over to my contact page here!

xoxo Cassandra