When it comes to booking a family photo session, one of the most common stressors I hear from parents is the age-old question:

What do we wear?

I picture overturned closets and pre-teen rebellion and toddler shoe-kicking... all images that I'm sure flash through tentative parental minds before scheduling, ultimately make them rethink if it's even worth all the trouble.

Well my friend, I've heard your reservations and clothing conundrums which is why I like to offer some sound advice to simplify the process.

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The Hard Truth

You're probably well aware of this fact, but if not, let me be clear:

gone are the days of matching khaki's and solid tee's.

I realize that formula was about as straightforward and simple as you can get but here's the hard truth: that was okay in the 90's but not today.

The good news is there's another way to style your wardrobe that is super easy and I have full confidence that you'll be able to pull it off with little to no stress.

New Style Tip

The key is to complement, not match! Choose a color pallete of complementary hues as your guide. A strategy that often works well for styling multiple people is to pick one clothing piece with a pattern or bold color and use it as the inspiration for building other outfits and colors around it.

this pallete was based around the cute little girl's dress as the centerpiece. Since the color of the dress is bold, I used neutral tones like grey and cream to balence it.

this pallete was based off the mother's patterned dress that had deep greens, blues, and corel. All the other outfits pull those colors and while not completely matching, compliment one another well.

I hope you remember this simple tip when you're thinking of your spring family session! I'm always happy to recieve pictures of outfit ideas and offer suggestions fom my clients prior to the session. The wardrobe can make or break the outcome of your images which is why we always discuss it based on personal style, decor of the home, and location of the shoot.

Fear of wardrobe doesn't have to be the thing that holds you back from planning and booking the perfect session to capture your family at this season of life! It will never be the same, they will never be this age, again. Spring is here, the weather is gorgeous, mothers day is right around the corner, and now that you know you don't have to worry about your wardrobe there's literally no better time! :-)

If you want to book your session with Firefly or have questions, send me a message via the contact form and I'll be happy to meet you and discuss the details.

For more posts on wardrobe and style, check out this short post featuring Warm tone solids or Modern Day Matching which features a color palete drawn from home decor!