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19 Ideas For What To Wear For Family Pictures (Season Specific!)

Inside: It’s always difficult to know what to wear for family pictures every year so here are several outfit ideas for spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Family pictures are one of my favorite traditions every year.

We always set aside some of our budget to pay for a professional photographer to take our photos.

I’ve done family pictures often enough that I now have photos from each season of the year!

These family photos feature outfits for couples, maternity, families with small children, and even large families. So if you’re wondering what to wear for family pictures, you’ve come to the right place!

I also find that sometimes during the actual photoshoot, it can be difficult to know how to stand and pose, especially with small children who don’t always cooperate.

I’ve worked with some fabulous photographers in the past who have done a great job posing our family in a natural way!

So here are lots of ideas for what to wear for family pictures and the best natural family picture poses.

Family stands in grassy field and smiles at each other during summer family photos.

Tips For The Best Family Photos

Before we jump into the actual outfits and color scheme ideas, I want to share some of my tips for taking family pictures. As you’ll see below, we’ve been taking family portraits for several years, so I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way.

1. Pick a date far enough in advance

It usually takes a few weeks to get coordinating outfits together for the whole family, plus haircuts, nail appointments, and spray tans scheduled, so make sure you give yourself enough time to fully prepare.

2. Pay attention to the time of year and time of day

There are definitely pros and cons for each season when it comes to pictures, so make sure you’re ready to handle the temperatures that accompany each season as well as the scenery.

Spring and summer are usually the best seasons to get a timeless background for pictures, but it can be chilly in the spring and sweltering in the summer, so make sure you’re prepared for that possibility.

Fall usually has more pleasant temperatures, but the fall leaves can make our photos look out of place during the rest of the year. And winter is freezing, but an make for fun, seasonal photos.

Along with the time of year, you’ll want to schedule pictures at the best time of day for lighting and for your kids. The golden hour lighting is best and that’s usually an hour after the sun rises in the morning and the last hour before the sun sets.

This time changes throughout the year so make sure you’ve scheduled a family session during one of those hours.

The time of day will also affect how your kids behave during pictures. If your kids are usually happiest in the morning, it may be worth it to schedule pictures in the morning. If it’s easier to take pictures in the evening, don’t schedule your session close to kids’ bedtimes or you may end up with some grumpy pictures.

3. Don’t plan any adventure activities the week before

To avoid the possibility of broken arms, scratches, and cuts, it’s best not to plan any crazy, adventurous activities the week before pictures. It’s also a good idea to remind your kids to be extra cautious at school so they don’t get hurt.

A photographer can usually edit out any scratches and cuts, but broken arms are tougher. And of course, accidents happen and can’t always be avoided, so if you do get a family member with an injury it’s probably a good idea to reschedule.

4. Plan your outfit first

When it comes to picking outfits for family pictures, the easiest place to start is with what mom is wearing. Once you know what you want to wear and what you’ll feel beautiful in, it’s easier to plan your family’s outfits around.

5. Shop your closet before hitting the stores

Family photos don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful! Once you figure out what you’re wearing, starting pulling possible options from your closets to see what you have that will match with the color scheme you have in mind.

I do this every year and I usually only have to buy one or two items for my family because I use the dress clothes we already have.

6. Bring snacks and grooming items

Once you get to the actual family photo session, you’ll want to have some supplies on hand. I always load up our diaper bag with snacks, water, a comb, hairspray, extra makeup, and wipes, just in case, and I carry it with me throughout our session.

You never know which kid is going to mess their hair up and you’ll want snacks to bribe the smallest members of your family!

7. Save the photos of the adults for last

Kids are going to lose interest in pictures the quickest so I always have the photographer start with the whole family shots, then the ones with the youngest kids, and then work our way up. So the photos with my husband and I are last because our kids are usually going crazy by then and there’s no way they would smile for pictures.

8. Bring a helper if you can

We don’t always have someone available to help us with pictures, but the times we have always go much smoother.

You could ask parents, in-laws, siblings, or even hire a babysitter for an hour so you can focus on taking great photos and not worry about your kids running off when they are done.

FAQs

What should you not wear for family pictures?


When it comes to what NOT to wear for family pictures, it will be different for every family, but there are a few items I would avoid:

-Bright colors/bold colors. Neutral colors are more timeless and flattering than super bright colors. You can definitely add in a few pops of color, but they should be small things like accessories or only part of an outfit. Another way to disguise bold colors is by wearing a sweater or vest.
-Large logos. Don’t pick anything for your family to wear that has a distracting logo on it.
-Casual clothes. This is different for every family, but I would personally avoid overly casual clothes like t-shirts and blue jeans. Family pictures are an excuse to get dressed up! Some might feel more comfortable in jeans and if that’s the case, opt for a darker wash.
-Busy patterns.
Patterns are a great way to contrast with solid colors, just make sure that the patterns aren’t loud and distracting. Subtle florals and plaids are a great choice.

Where is the best place to shop for family photo outfits?


This is a common question that families have when they’re planning out their family pictures. Some of my favorite places to get inexpensive dressy clothes for my family are:

-Old Navy
-Carter’s
-Children’s Place
-Amazon
-SheIn
-JC Penney
-Thrift stores

What to Wear For Family Pictures in the Fall

Fall is one of my favorite times to take family pictures.

I love the colors that the changing leaves add to the photos and it’s cool enough that you’re not sweating in the pictures, but not cold enough that you’re freezing. The weather is perfect!

1. Cream and blue

For our first fall photos, we went with a neutral cream and blue color scheme.

You’ll see that the blue and cream color scheme comes up A LOT in our family photos. I didn’t realize how much we’ve used it until I pulled all of our photos together.

It can be so fun to add in bright or unusual colors, but a nice, neutral color scheme makes the photos timeless and easily shareable on social media.

These photos were taken by my husband’s grandparent’s cabin in Wallsburg.

Man wearing blue shirt and woman wearing cream shirt and fur vest hold baby boy and smile during fall family pictures.
Family of 10 wearing shades of blue and cream stand near wood fence and trees for fall family photos.

2. Pink, blue, teal

In our next Fall family photos, we did a few pops of color.

I loved how my pink shirt wasn’t too distracting with the fall leaves.

These photos were taken at Silver Lake by Brittany Summers.

Man wearing blue shirt and tie and woman wearing pink shirt and teal skirt hold toddler boy during fall family photos.
Toddler boy wearing blue stripe shirt and and grey vest smiles while parents hold his hands.
Man wearing blue shirt and tie holds hands and laughs with woman wearing pink shirt and teal skirt.

3. Burgundy, gray, black, and cream

In our next fall family photo, I incorporated classic fall colors like burgundy, gray, black, and cream.

This is probably one of the best matching family outfits I’ve put together!

These were taken up Butterfield Canyon by Brittany Summers.

Family of four wearing burgundy, cream, and black smiles in forest setting during fall family photos.
Man and woman wearing coordinating outfits swings toddler boy and woman holds baby girl family pictures.
Woman wearing burgundy sweater and black skirt holds baby girl with fist in mouth during fall family pictures.
Man wearing gray sweater holds toddler boy's hand as he walks on log during family pictures.

In the next fall family photo, we also used burgundy, black, gray, and cream.

This was taken at Tibble Fork Reservoir.

Extended family of 14 wearing jewel tones poses for family picture near lake with pines.

4. Earth tones and blush

Graphic with earth tone and blush pink fall picture outfit ideas and colored circles.

I also decided to put together some color palettes with some fall outfit ideas since I don’t have family photos with all of the possibilities.

This palette is calming and looks great with the pop of blush pink. You can shop these outfits here.

5. Desert tones

Graphic with desert tone fall picture outfit ideas and colored circles.

This is a palette I don’t normally choose, but I love how the cream color compliments the shades of orange and rust. These outfits would look great in a grassy field or forest! You can shop these outfits here.

6. Mustard and burgundy

Graphic with burgundy and mustard fall picture outfit ideas and colored circles.

Mustard and burgundy are classic colors for fall family pictures and look great with the changing leaves. You can shop these outfits here.

What to Wear For Family Pictures in the Winter

1. Red, cream, gray

We’ve only done one winter family photoshoot and that’s because it’s so cold!

But getting some snow pictures was totally worth it. I love how they turned out!

These were taken up Big Cottonwood Canyon by Christine Olsen.

Family wearing red, gray, and cream outfits sits on railing and smiles during winter family photos.
Man wearing red and gray stripe shirt holds baby boy wearing red and gray sweater during mountain photo shoot.
Couple wearing red, cream, and grey outfits sit close on railing and smile during winter photo shoot.
Woman wearing red polka dot shirt holds tulle skirt and looks down during winter photos.

2. Black and white

Here is another winter family picture idea for large families.

Large family of 13 wears white and black outfits for winter photo shoot near dead trees.

3. Green, cream, burgundy

And some Christmas outfit ideas for family pictures.

Family of 5 wearing cream, green, and pink smiles for family pictures in front of gray wall.
Large family of 16 wearing burgundy, green, and cream outfits smiles in front of gray wall.

What to Wear For Family Pictures in the Spring

1. Pink, cream, floral

Every spring we go to the Utah State Capitol to take pictures with the blossoms.

If you can catch the blossoms while they’re beautiful and blooming, it makes for a gorgeous backdrop for spring family pictures!

Woman wearing long floral dress holds toddler girl in one arm and holds little boys hand.
Woman holds hands with two children and walks down gravel path lined with cherry blossom trees.

These photos were taken by Sadie Banks.

Woman holds man's arm as they lean their faces in close during family photos.
Woman wearing floral dress smiles and holds girl wearing pink skirt and near cherry blossom trees.
Man wearing white shirt and gray pants holds boy wearing gray shirt as they hug tight during family photos.
Family of four wearing white, pink, and gray outfits smiles for photos by blossom trees.

My husband took these ones in 2020.

If you didn’t know, he’s the man behind most of my blog photos and has developed quite a talent over the years!

Woman holds baby girl in one arm and holds two kids' hands with the other as they walk near cherry blossom trees.
Young boy holds baby girl and sits next to toddler girl on gravel path as they smile.
Boy stands behind woman holding baby girl and hugging toddler girl as they smile during spring family pictures.

What to Wear For Family Pictures in the Summer

Summer family pictures are probably my all-time favorite!

It’s dang hot, but the trees are gorgeous, the grass is green, and everyone is tan from being out in the sun lol.

We’ve done several summer photo shoots over the years.

1. Blue and gray

The first was our one-year anniversary shoot done by Jenna Bechtholt at this awesome grove by IKEA. The grove has been cut back over the years and isn’t as large and beautiful as it used to be, unfortunately.

I chose shades of blue for these photos (surprise, surprise!).

Man wearing blue shirt and gray tie holds hands with woman wearing blue outfit as they walk through a grove.
Close up photo of woman wearing blue shirt and pearl necklace holding a pink branch.
Man wearing blue shirt and gray has hands in pockets and smiles in front of trees.

2. Blue and denim

The next set of summer family photos was a nautical-inspired photoshoot done by Christine Olsen at the Provo Marina by the Utah Lake.

I love these photos so much because they help me remember my first pregnancy.

Close up photo of man and woman placing hands on the woman's pregnant belly.
Brunette woman wearing blue stripe dress holds baby belly during maternity photo shoot on dock.
Man and pregnant woman wearing blue outfits touch foreheads and the woman's belly on boardwalk.
Woman wearing blue stripe dress leans head on man wearing blue shirt during maternity photos.

3. White, light blue, khaki

The family photos we took in 2017 are probably some of my all-time favorites!

I loved wearing super light, neutral colors, and I loved how beautiful the location was!

These were taken up Little Cottonwood Canyon by Hannah McFall.

Family of 4 wearing cream, blue, and khaki smiles in grassy field during photo shoot.
Toddler boy wearing blue shirt and pants smiles in grassy field during family photos.
Baby girl wearing cream dress and floral headband stands in grassy field during family pictures.
Woman wearing cream dress hugs man's arm and leans on his shoulder in grassy field.

4. White, blue, stripes

We took family photos in 2018 with my side of the family up at Bear Lake.

I loved this pretty spot we found by our condo!

Family wearing cream and blue outfits stands on wood bridge by olive trees and smiles.
Young boy and girl stand in front of man and woman wearing blue shirts and smile.

5. Pink, teal, cream

Here are our family photos from 2018! I went with the blue color scheme again, but added in pink for Ella!

These were taken at Mehraban Wetland Park by Christine Olsen and I am obsessed!

All of the work planning outfits, giving everyone a haircut, and bribing the kids totally pays off with amazing photos!!

Woman wearing floral dress kisses son wearing mint colored shirt in grassy field.
Woman wearing floral dress holds daughter wearing pink dress as they smile in grassy field.
Man holding young boy and woman wearing floral dress swing toddler girl during family photos.
Family wearing turqouise, pink, and white outfits smile during family photos on forested trail.

6. Peach, cream, floral

In 2019, I went with a feminine beachy vibe and I love how they turned out!

These were taken at the Great Salt Lake state park by Paulina Kettenring Photography.

Family wearing cream and peach outfits smiles and looks at each other during family pictures on beach.
Family of 4 wearing white and peach outfits walks across beach holding hands in family pictures.
Man holds son and daughter on his legs and smiles during family pictures on beach.
Man wearing shirt and tie puts hands on pregnant woman's belly during family pictures.

7. White, yellow, stripes

And I have to include our front porch pictures from 2020!

This was the first time I wore yellow for family pictures and I love how it turned out.

Man wearing stripe shirt and woman wearing yellow skirt and shirt sit on porch and smile at each other.
Woman holds baby girl in air as man stands behind and two kids hug each other during family photo shoot.
Family of 5 wearing white, yellow, and pink walks down driveway during summer family photos.

8. Cream, navy blue, khaki, and mustard

I kept the yellow theme going in our formal family pictures, with a cream, navy blue, khaki, and mustard color scheme.

These photos were taken at Loch Lomond Pond by Vandelay Industries Photography.

Family of 5 wearing blue, cream, and mustard outfits smiles in wooded clearing.
Two girls and boy wearing blue and mustard outfits sit on large log and smile.

9. Blue, peach, floral

For our pictures in 2021 I went with a peach and floral theme again.

These photos were taken at 14868 S Juniper Crest Rd in Herriman by Paulina Kettenring Photography.

Family of 5 wearing peach and blue outfits smiles on grassy mountain side for a family photo.
Three kids wearing blue, cream, and peach outfits smile on grassy mountainside for a family picture.
Man wearing blue shirt hugs pregnant woman wearing floral dress and holding belly and smiles.

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Your Turn

I hope all of the photos we’ve taken throughout the years gave you some awesome family picture outfit ideas and natural ways to pose during pictures.

Let me know in the comments which outfits you’re most likely to wear.

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If you're wondering what to wear for family pictures in the fall, summer, spring, or winter, this post is for you!

Ashley Ziegler

Sunday 9th of September 2018

Oh little baby Hudson is so cute!!! :) I love getting photos taken. My husband doesn't like it, but we've done it every year for our anniversary except this year :/ Hopefully next year or maybe in the winter!

jessicalyne

Monday 10th of September 2018

Thank you Ashley! How fun! I love looking back at family pictures to see how much we've grown! Can't wait to see your pictures!

Carma Rasmussen

Thursday 6th of September 2018

You finally got me to do a family photo! Thanks for being persistent, sweetie! Love you!

jessicalyne

Friday 7th of September 2018

And they turned out great!! Love you Mom!