my dress (sold out) similar here + here + hat || joe’s shirt + jeans || hunter’s similar dress+ here || hayden’s similar top + similar skirt || harper’s dress || houston’s similar top + pants || hudson’s similar top + pants
When I think about Fall, a few things always come to mind. Cozy sweaters, pumpkin patches, and for a lot of us- family pictures! Family pictures are so special to have, but I think just about everyone can agree that family pictures bring out allll the emotions. Whether it’s the stress of outfit planning, the toddler (or husband) tantrum, or even feeling a little sentimental, they are full of emotions and can be a challenge. So today I’ve put together a list of my biggest tips to hopefully help your family pictures go a little smoother PLUS I’m sharing some outfit ideas for everyone in the family to help take some stress off of you!
FAMILY PICTURE TIPS + OUTFIT IDEAS
: MAMAS- PICK YOUR OWN OUTFIT FIRST
If I could shout this one from the rooftops I would! It is so so important. By picking your own outfit first, you will guarantee that you feel confident + comfortable. When you feel good about yourself you’ll love your pictures more!! Trust me on this one.
: THE LESS MATCHY MATCHY YOU ARE, THE BETTER
If I’m being honest, all of our last-minute pictures where I’ve had to throw random outfits together that necessarily don’t match perfectly always end up the best. Figure out a main color palette, and then focus more on everyone being comfortable instead!
: TIMING IS KEY
Timing can be the difference between smooth sailing and a total melt down! Try to do a time when you know your baby or toddler will be happy. Like right after nap time or dinner. I think this helps the mom’s stress level a million times. Also, make sure your people are all fed and not hungry because that makes a huge difference with their moods.
: GET THE MONEY SHOT FIRST
If there is a shot you have in mind that you have to have, do it very first. Usually for us, it’s the full family shot. Get the must haves out of the way in the first 5 minutes. You never know when someone is going to lose it so be sure you take the pictures you want first!
: BRIBERY WORKS
I see absolutely nothing wrong with bribes for family pictures!! I usually have skittles or goldfish for the kids in Joe’s pocket and will pop one in the kids mouth here and there when they are listening. AND, tell your kids they can get a reward like ice cream or a night at the park if they will listen to the photographer without a fuss. It always helps and we really go and do it afterwards, because who doesn’t need ice-cream after all of this craziness?!
: DON’T FORGET ABOUT CANDIDS
A lot of our stress comes from getting that perfect shot and how they will turn out. But the more family pictures I’ve done, the more I realize my favorite pictures are always the unplanned candid shots. Let them have fun and let loose yourself too! The little personality quirks they have are what you always want to remember anyway. Natural happiness is always going to be the images you end up wanting to blow up huge!
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Now let’s talk outfits!! Picking family picture outfits can be SO stressful and is probably the thing we dread most about them! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for the whole family below!
. . . WOMEN FAMILY PICTURE IDEAS . . .
. . . MEN FAMILY PICTURE IDEAS . . .
. . . TEEN GIRL FAMILY PICTURE IDEAS . . .
. . . LITTLE + BIG BOY FAMILY PICTURE IDEAS . . .
. . . LITTLE + BIG GIRL FAMILY PICTURE IDEAS . . .
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Hopefully these tips and tricks are helpful when your family pictures roll around! Just be your natural self, try to roll with the punches, and I promise the moments you want to pull your hair out will probably turn into your favorite raw real pictures!!