What To Wear to Your Lifestyle Family Session | Louisiana Lifestyle Family Photography

I remember when I booked my own family's photo session earlier this year.

We scheduled for the fall, and now it's time for me to plan everyone's outfits. I definitely want to look my best, but I'm no stylist and to be honest, I hate shopping. This process is not my favorite part of family photographs, but I understand the importance of it. So, like the planner that I am, I start early and don't compromise for the look I want to portray. 

Of course, I don't want my families to stress as much as I do about styling for their family photographs.

I want this whole process to be really easy-going. I get that most people aren't as anti-shopping as I am, so it may not be so stressful. Even so, I created a FAMILY SESSION STYLE GUIDE just for my families to use when preparing for their family session. It contains tons of information to help you decide colors, patterns, textures, even jewelry that suits you and your family best. It's only available to my families after they have booked, and I consider it a perk of becoming part of the Joyful Jane Photography family. 

My 3 favorite tips from the style guide:

  1. Mom, say yes to the dress. Dresses and skirts look most stunning because they really flatter every female body, especially on camera. Long, full-length, flowy dresses and skirts look amazing on camera because they bring extra movement to the photos.
  2. There's no such thing as too dressed up. This is an opportunity to look your best in a timeless and classic way, so make the most of it!
  3. Skip baggy clothes for Dad. Men will look a little more refined when wearing straight or fitted pants, and a shirt that is more on the fitted side than baggy.

There is a ton more information and helpful tips from the style guide to help you look your best!

Here is the bottom line about styling your family for your photographs:

If I have accomplished my goals, you won't even notice what you were wearing in your portraits. You will remember how you felt and how you feel seeing those images of you loving on and embracing your family. You'll remember the joy of playing with your children, the contentment of all of you hugging and snuggling, and the romantic embrace from your spouse. Whatever you choose to wear will just be icing on the cake!