Trying to decide what to wear for Christmas card photos?! You want to be you, you want to coordinate (without being cheesy) and you want to feel confident. Here is my take on the subject!…
CONSIDER YOUR BACKDROP
When deciding what to wear for family photos, newborn photos and / or Christmas card photos I recommend choosing your location for the photo first and then building around that. If you want to take photos in your home, choose a coordinating color scheme around your decor and own outfit. Think classic – an outfit you feel confident and timeless in.
If your backdrop is a little bit fancier and you are a dress girl – wear a pretty winter white dress that you feel great in! If you live in jeans, wear jeans and a pretty sweater or blouse. You want to look and feel like yourself!
This year I wanted to take our photos outside at the park! I knew the leaves were turning and our timing would be pretty just before sunset. I wore a tan dress, Lake wore a really sweet plaid dress and Luke wore jeans and a blazer.
PICK NEUTRAL COLORS
The best way to work together is to let everyone choose an outfit they feel good in based off of a few neutral colors that work with the backdrop. Make it all about your beautiful happy faces!
Coordinating color ideas that I love are whites, tans, blacks or greys with denim. This year we had a pop of color with Lake’s plaid dress.
CHOOSE A TIME AROUND FAMILY SCHEDULES AND NATURAL LIGHTING
Next I recommend choosing a time during the window you know the kids and husband will be in a good mood, *not hungry* and wide awake. 🙂 I usually try to schedule our shoots for a max of 15-30 minutes so we move fast!
Something else to consider when choosing a time – natural lighting. Since we take a lot of blog our photos at home it can’t be dark out- we need the sun shining. For pretty photography, the lights inside are off and we rely on natural light coming in from the windows or outside in indirect sunlight. If you are wanting to take photos outside at a park, try for after sunrise or before sunset. (You want to be in the shade so that the sun isn’t shining in your face.) If you are using a professional, talk with your photographer about a time you both think is best for your location and that also works with your family’s schedule.
HAVE A SHOT LIST READY
To make sure you capture everything, have a little list ready for whoever is taking your photos of the shots you want and start with the pictures that are most important to you.
RELAX AND HAVE FUN
Lastly, have fun taking the photos! Try not to worry about them being perfect. Toward the end of this shoot, Lake had a melt down and all we could do is laugh about it. Make it a fun happy experience because after all these photos are capturing real life memories!
Keep scrolling for ideas on what to wear for the whole fam!