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Sisters on Autumn photoshoot - what to wear

5 tips to help you dress your children for a family photoshoot

Feeling comfortable is essential if you want to take the best photograph of your family, and that means choosing the perfect outfits for everyone to wear, especially the kids. Here, Steve Cochrane, Managing Director of Childrenswardrobe, gives his advice to help you dress your child for a family photoshoot. 

A family photoshoot is the perfect activity to bring your family together and bond. And, as your children get older, you're going to want to have a special memory to look back on. Whether the photographs will be hung on your wall, shared with friends and family, or just added to your family album, you'll want everyone to look their best, so your clothing is important. It's easy enough to pick out an outfit for yourself, but what about the kids? To take the pressure off, I'll be giving you my top tips to help you choose the perfect outfit for your little ones to wear for your family photoshoot.

Choose a theme

The first thing to think about when it comes to choosing outfits for your photoshoot is your theme. For example, if your photoshoot is to welcome a new member of the family, you could have everyone dress in blue or pink to match the baby's gender. 

Perhaps your photoshoot is just for a bit of fun. In that case, you've got complete freedom with your theme and you could go with something unique, like dressing as characters from your favourite movie. Or, you could go with something more formal and dress your little ones in their best smart shirts and dresses. Whatever theme you choose to go with, just make sure everyone is dressed to match it.

Choose the right colours

When it comes to picking the right colours for your outfits, pick hues that are usually associated with your theme. For example, if it's a Christmas photoshoot, you could pick red and green. For a summer photoshoot, you could go with bold tones like yellow and coral. If these photos will be hung up in your home, you might want to match the colour of your outfits to your décor, so you'll want to think about where you'll hang your photos before you decide on everyone's outfits.

If you're worried about being too bright, you can stick to a neutral colour palette using beige and white and add splashes of colour using accessories like headbands, scarves and hats. If you're doing this, try to use the same coloured accessories for the whole family to tie everyone's looks together.

You should also consider the colour of the backdrop and avoid dressing your children in a similar colour. The camera might not be able to differentiate between the background and your child's clothing, and you could end up with floating heads instead! 

5 tips to help you dress your children for a family photoshoot - sisters in autumn setting

Dress for the weather

For indoor photoshoots, you can usually get away with any outfit. But, if you want to make the most of an outdoor photoshoot, make sure you dress your children for the weather. Chances are, it's going to take a while to capture that perfect shot that everyone is happy with, and no little one wants to be stood outside for a long time when they're too hot or freezing cold. 

So, for a winter photoshoot, make sure everyone is wrapped up warm in cosy wool knitwear, thick coats, scarves, hats and gloves. If it's warm outside, make sure your little ones are dressed in cool fabrics, like cotton and linen. It'll really add to the look, and everyone will be a lot more cooperative and happier during the shoot. 

Consider your child's style

It's important that everyone feels comfortable in what they're wearing, so you should consider your child's style when shopping for their photoshoot outfit. Not only will this make your children more cooperative, but it'll also be a much more accurate representation of your family. 

So, make sure you pick out something they'd be likely to wear normally. If they prefer to wear trousers rather than dresses or skirts, don’t force them into one just for the photograph. If you're unsure, it can help to ask your little one what they'd like to wear. That way, you know they're going to be happy and comfortable, and they'll be more likely to wear it even after the photoshoot. 

What to wear - girl on winter photoshoot

Coordinate the outfits

To really tie the whole photograph together, you should coordinate your whole family's outfits with each other. This could mean dressing your children in the same outfit, but if you've got a mixture of boys and girls, children with a large age gap, or even children with very different styles, this might not always be possible.

Instead, go for similar or complementary outfits: for example, you could go for outfits incorporating the same fabrics or patterns. You and your partner could even dress in a stylish print, and have your children wear an outfit incorporating the colours from the pattern for a more subtle match. This will also give you more freedom to find something that everyone will want to wear.

When it comes to a family photoshoot, finding the right outfits for your children can be a difficult feat. But, by following the tips in this guide, you can find the perfect outfit your children will want to wear that'll also make for a great photo.


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