We are officially at the beginning of the holiday season! I’ve begun to think about taking photos for our holiday cards to send the entire family and our friends. I get a head start on everything so I can send them out right after Thanksgiving. This means prime shopping time for all family members for the photoshoot is now. Family pictures can be tough because younger kids get antsy and finding a color scheme for outfits we can all wear cohesively is not easy.
Holiday family photos should be full of family outfits that you will all wear again! Christmas family photos and holiday photos in general are typically showcased in the home. They last far longer than mailing them out. These are photos you will have forever and you are in control of the photo shoot. Here are some family outfit ideas and main colors you can use for inspiration!
Start With Basics
Firstly, I always say a great option for beginning is to grab basics and make looks surrounding them. Call me old fashioned, but I have to start this process with a to-do list! Even if I have everything all figured out, it keeps me more organized to see it in front of me. From there I can actually check things off. I split it up between different ideas for the whole family. For instance, I need to get a red dress for one of the kids, hire a professional photographer, grab different shades of eye shadow to try out for my look, etc. It ranges from things that need to be picked up at the store to physically getting myself organized with the items I have already. Family Christmas pajamas are not going to cut it here, we like to go all out for a timeless look!
Go for a Color Palette
Secondly, your color scheme runs the family photo shoot. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we want to showcase that in our family portrait. There are so many different ways you can go here. For instance, festive colors like the traditional red, bright reds or Christmas sweaters are classic options for looks. Another idea is to take neutral tones and create a good time out of it! Last year, we stuck with creams and more neutral colors and decided to go a similar path this year on the neutral front. You can never go wrong with neutrals, they make outfit combination even easier. Mixing in different fabrics such as velvet and chunky sweaters can also add a lot to the photo, in small doses.
Furthermore, I think doing outdoor activities in the photos are the perfect winter accessory. Bring the family outside and make it look like you’re out on a walk, posed by a Christmas tree or your favorite places. Give yourself different options as your backdrop that go well with your outfits! If you’re sticking with versatile tones over green plaids, these tend to be more wearable throughout the year and make sense seasonally. You can never go wrong here, you know some of my favorite options have been brighter colors.
Finally, it may seem like you’re in over your head, but you’ve got this! Sit down, make that list for family Christmas photo outfits and get to shopping! I’ve created a few collages for you to pull inspiration from that I’ll insert below along with links to where everything is from! A few places I like to shop from are Anthropologie, Nordstrom, J.Crew and LoveShackFancy. This time of year is so special and I hope I can bring a little bit of peace and organization to anyone who might need it. Let me know what you are doing for your holiday photos this year! Happy Holidays!
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