Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t need to be. Use these tips to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family.


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Fall family session. Beautiful little girl with her parents in Denver, Colorado, USA

Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t need to be. Use these tips to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family.

What to wear in family photos

No. 01
Coordinating colors not matching.
Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.

No. 02
Look at your home decor.
Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.

No. 03
Don’t forget accessories.
Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.

Limit patterns.
Personally, We enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.

Look for clothing collections.
When you shopping for clothes for your kids, you can head to stores that typically have color coordinating collections. You can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. Then you will be sure that their clothes will be coordinate.


Plan ahead.
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.

No. 07
Say no to characters.
Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.

Avoid all white or all black clothing.
If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.

Textures are your friend.
We are huge fans of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs we like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.

No. 10
Think classic.
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.

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Family Photos Denver Step Up Photo


Several photographers have captured the excitement surrounding a newborn baby in an incredibly unique (and appropriate) fashion. After his son Claudio was born, Swiss photographer Alessandro Della Bella ( shot an adorable portrait of the newborn sleeping in his camera bag’s main compartment. He then used this photo to let loved ones know that a new member was welcomed into the family. After eight months had passed, Bella then decided to update his portfolio by adding another charming shot of Claudio, who has grown quite a bit since that first snapshot was taken!

Photographers such as Tom Pennington(, Drake Busch(, and Ning Wong( have captured similar images that are just as artistically delightful. To switch things up a bit, Busch decided to give his camera bag baby a photographer’s press access pass, which definitely adds another layer of cuteness. And when it comes time to put together a family photo album, these images will undoubtedly serve as the perfect addition.

Above photo source: Alessandro Della Bella


Photo source: Michelle Ann


Photo source: Tom Pennington



Photo source: Drake Busch


Photo source: Cubrix Photography


Photo source: Villas@rt


Photo source: Makeen Osman





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Photo source: Ning Wong




Photo source: Alessandro Della Bella

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50 ‘Must Have’ Wedding Photography Shots

There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of the day and realizing that no one took a picture of Aunt Mildred or that you only got shots of one set of parents with the bride and groom and not the other side of the family!

Check this list of 50 ‘must have shots’ for weddings (although many of them are actually multiple shots so taking them all will leave you with potentially hundreds) from Brian Delia from The New Jersey Wedding Photographer.

Here are the ‘must have’ shots:

Wedding Photography Shot List

  1. Prep Shots – Bride & Groom
  2. The Dress – Hanging or Draped
  3. The North Window Shot – Bride facing out northern most window
  4. Bride walking down stairs
  5. Bride looking out (window or door)
  6. Maid of Honor & Brides Mom – Zipping Dress
  7. Bride Applying Make Up
  8. Groom Fixing Hair
  9. Grooms Father & Best Man – Attaching Boutonnière to grooms lapel
  10. Groom Checking the Time
  11. Groom with Grooms Men & Fathers
  12. Bride with Bridesmaids & Mothers
  13. Bride with Mother & Father (also grandparents)
  14. Groom with Mother & Father (also grandparents)
  15. Bride Limo – Groom Limo
  16. Bride & Groom – Exiting Limo (Bride being helped out)
  17. Groom waiting at altar
  18. Church Wide Shot (with & without guests)
  19. Bride walking down aisle ( Side Profile & Front )
  20. Father giving away bride
  21. Groom over the shoulder shot of bride ( & Vis Versa)
  22. Holding hands – Bride and Groom
  23. Bride & Groom Kiss
  24. Bride & Groom Leaving Church ( Receiving Line)
  25. Bride & Groom – Inside Limo Shot
  26. Reception/Banquet Hall Outside shot
  27. Food Shots (Cocktail Hour, Drinks, etc.)
  28. Shot of each table full of guests
  29. Shots of Bride & Groom with & without family
  30. Bride and Groom Portraits
  31. Bride & Groom with Bridesmaids & Groomsmen
  32. Bride and Groom Hand & Ring Portraits
  33. First Dance
  34. Bride & Father Dance
  35. Groom & Mother Dance
  36. Bouquet Toss
  37. Guarder Belt Toss
  38. Cake Cutting, Bride and Groom Feeding each other
  39. Guests Dancing
  40. Bride & Groom Eating
  41. Best Man & Maid of Honor Toast/Speeches
  42. Bride & Groom Toast/Speeches
  43. Centerpieces & Flower/Decorations
  44. Guestbook Signatures
  45. Small Children Dancing with Bride & Groom
  46. Bride & Groom’s Parents Dancing (Plus Grandparents)
  47. Venetian Hour Photos (Coffee, Ice Cream, Etc)
  48. Bride & Groom giving away wedding favors
  49. Groom Giving Coat to Bride
  50. Bride & Groom “Just Married” Vehicle – Driving Away
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Clothing Tips

  • Try and keep colors from getting too close to your natural skin tone! That’s our biggest tip for you.
  • Avoid clothes that may take you back to the 70s’: i.e. wild checks, stripes, and very busy patterns; especially if worn together!
  • Avoid clothing extremes. Generally, turtlenecks and V-necks are good, as long as they don’t over-power the face. Dress to feel comfortable.
  • RELAX!! If you are feeling frazzled, it will come across in the portraits.
  • Opt for long-sleeve shirts rather than short-sleeve.

The color of the clothes:

  • Avoid bright reds and orange (they battle your face for attention)
  • Darker colors are generally better than light colors.
  • Colors like white, yellow, and pink tend to over-power the face and can make you look too pale.
  • In general, the best colors are medium shades of blue, green, burgundy, and rust.

When doing a studio shoot, come to the studio in sweats or street clothes when or if possible. It’s ok if you aren’t able to; but if you will be wearing multiple outfits, you can change here to keep them looking fresh.
These are just guidelines though, you should definitely show your personal style in your portraits and throw caution to the wind if it suits your personality.

Makeup Tips

  • Not too heavy, not too light. If you “never wear makeup” you might want to at least use some for your photo session.
  • Accent the eyes using mascara and eyeliner
  • Eye shadow should be used sparingly.
  • A light foundation or base gives the complexion an even tone.
  • Use powder to eliminate shine.
  • A blusher gives the skin a healthy glow.
  • Coordinate lipstick with the outfit worn.
  • If dark circles are present under the eyes, use an erase that is close to the skin tone.

Shaving & Hair Tips

  • Get a good shave if you have a heavy beard.
  • Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot. Give it a week. Consider having it styled for the shoot, but skip the cut. If you really want a cut, just don’t go radical.
  • If you get your eyebrows waxed or threaded, please do so at least 2-3 days prior to your headshot shoot.
  • A change in your hairstyle is not recommended. Arrange your hair normally and as you want it to appear in the portrait. Freshly shampooed hair photographs best.
  • No glitter make-up or sparkles in your hair.

More Tips

  • Increased water consumption will help clear your skin and give it a healthy glow. It will also make you look younger and fresher.
  • Reducing consumption of coffee, teas and sodas will give your teeth a break from stains and discoloration too!
  • If at all possible, avoid alcohol for a day or two before your shoot. It dehydrates the skin.
  • Try to get a good night’s rest before the day of your shoot.