Styling Family Photos

It’s family picture and Holiday Card season. Below are our family photos taken over the past three years and my five rules for styling family pictures.  I can’t get over how all the kids have changed!!

After I posted this Mommy & Me outfit post, I got some questions about styling an entire family for pictures, so I thought I would share some of my tips and some of our most recent family photos. I also linked to the different photographers who did our photos!

And I have even more family photo outfit ideas on my Christmas Pinterest board.


Styling Family Photos:

ONE. Choose a color scheme.

I typically stick to neutrals and then add in a few pops of color that I know everyone already has in their closet. Stay away from graphic art, large logos, neon, and

TWO. Layer.

Layering clothes really photographs well – adds depth and layer and a pop of color if necessary. Fold cuffs over sweaters. Tuck one side of a button-down shirt into jeans, pop the back of your coat collar. This done, yet undone look will help make your photos look effortless…despite all the effort you put into styling them.

THREE. Pack the JIC items.

Extra hair ties, a brush, a lint roller, chapstick. You’ll be happy that you packed them.

FOUR. Dress for the weather.

This seems like a given, but I’ve considered dressing inappropriately for cold weather just so that the outfits would look better.  This won’t help in the end – you’ll have a terrible time. Plus, you can often tell what the weather is like just by looking at the scenery, and your outfits should fit that aesthetic.


If I see one more photo of a family at the beach all wearing khakis and white shirts……

Our 2015 Family Pictures – Columbus, OH

2015 photos by Emma Parker Photography

Our 2016 Family Pictures – Park City, UT

2016 photos by Jordy B Photography

Our 2017 Family Pictures – Park City, UT

2017 photos by Dayna Grace Photography



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