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Wondering What To Wear For Family Pictures? The Best Ideas For Each Season!

Inside: It’s always difficult to know what to wear for family pictures every year so I’m sharing several ideas for every season!

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 smiles during family photos.

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!

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.

Couple and baby smiles during fall family pictures. Blue color scheme for fall family photos.

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.

Couple and toddler smiles during fall family photos. Toddler boy wears blue and grey during fall family photos. Couple laughs during family photo shoot.

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 poses during fall family photography. Family swings toddler during fall family pictures. Mom holds baby girl during fall family pictures. Dad holds son's hand during family pictures.

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

This was taken at Tibble Fork Reservoir.

What to wear for large family photos.

What to Wear For Family Pictures in the Winter

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.

Couple holds baby boy and smiles during winter family photos.Dad holds baby boy during photo shoot in the mountains.Couple wears red, cream, and grey during winter photo shoot. Woman holds skirt and looks down during winter photos.

Here is another winter family picture idea for large families.

Large family wears white and black for photo shoot.

And some Christmas outfit ideas for family pictures.

Family wears Christmas outfits for family pictures. Large family wears winter colors for family pictures.

What to Wear For Family Pictures in the Spring

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!

Mom walks with kids during spring family photos. Family walks by blossoms during spring pictures.

These photos were taken by Sadie Banks.

Husband and wife pose for family photos. Mother and daughter pose for family photos. Father and son pose for family photos. Family 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!

Mom and kids wear spring colors for family photos. Kids smile for spring family photos.Jessica Ashcroft smiles at her kids 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.

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!).

Couple holds hands as they pose for family photo shoot.Woman holds a branch during family pictures. Man smiles during summer family pictures.

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.

Couple places hands on the woman's pregnant belly. Woman holds baby belly during maternity photo shoot. Couple poses during nautical photo shoot. Husband and wife pose during family photos.

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 poses during photo shoot. Toddler boy smiles during family photos. Baby girl poses during family pictures. Couple poses during family pictures.

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 photo ideas with blue outfits. Family picture ideas with grandparents.

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!!

Family picture ideas with blue and pink color scheme. Family photo ideas with mother and daughter. Family photo ideas with a family of 4. Family wears turqouise, pink, and white during family photos.

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.

What to wear for family pictures on the beach. Family walks across beach in family pictures. Father poses with kids for family pictures Husband and wife pose for family pictures.

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.

Couple wears summer family picture colors.

Family smiles and hugs during summer family photo shoot.Family walks down driveway during summer family photos.

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 poses in their summer photo outfits. Children smile during their summer family pictures.

Want more?

If you liked this post, be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more family photo color schemes.

I’m constantly sharing our outfits over there!

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!


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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!


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!


Friday 7th of September 2018

And they turned out great!! Love you Mom!