Each year I am asked to share our family photo outfits or inspiration. I love doing this, but most of the time I have not had them ready until last minute. The photographer in me wants to have a concise color palette ready to go because I know that even if my kids are running wild/not listening, then at least I know they will look put together to make up for the chaos (that always ensues). As a photographer, I also know that it is inevitable (with my children’s ages) that I’ll have all 3 cooperate, so I just let it go and let the photographer get what she can. Which, I am always amazed and grateful for what she captures!
* Sizing- I ordered a size small in my dress. I ordered Scarlett a size 7/8 and it was a little big for her. But still glad I went with that size so she can wear longer. For Sully, I ordered him a 4t in both the shirt and pants. He is super tiny and the length still worked. For Shep I ordered him a size 2t so he could wear longer. It fit great with some room to grow in through spring.
This year with the move I am truly amazed I even got this together, but I was very lucky in consistently finding good options one after the other. I started with my Rebecca Taylor dress and curated the rest of our outfits from there. I fell in love with that dress when I first saw it at the end of summer and knew it would be absolutely perfect for family photos. I watched it like a hawk and was so excited to snag it on sale! I think what is most important to remember when planning outfits for so many individuals is that nothing has to truly match. I found similar colors for each child + hubby that would blend well. You want to have a variety and not have everyone run together. Having the baby in a lighter green was perfect because he would stand out if I/or Joel were holding him and if photographed with siblings. Scarlett’s dress was the perfect pink shade to favor my dress and Sully’s green check was the perfect opportunity to throw in another pattern (check). I think all 3 came together beautifully.
My best tip in planning outfits is finding the outfit that you love most (whether that be yours or your child’s outfit) and go from there. It will all come together. Pull similar colors, patterns, and fabrics for the perfect look. And y’all can always feel free to send me your outfits via email or IG dm 😉