What to wear for a family photography session in winter on the Northern Beaches.

As a photographer, one of the most common questions I receive from families is "What they we wear for a session?" and I often get asked about this for sessions in the cooler months.

We are of course super lucky in Australia that winter weather can often be beautifully warm, but if your session falls in a colder week, there are lots of ways to dress that will help everyone stay warm, look beautiful and enjoy the session together.

The most important thing is that you all feel comfortable and relaxed. In general, you will get the most from your photography session if you choose a complementary style / colour palette for your family to wear. I don’t recommend all matching outfits exactly, its much better to use complementary outfit choices.

Dressing appropriately for the weather is important and I also suggest bringing a big blanket in winter so you can get some cosy photos of everyone wrapped up warm together.

Here are some tips on the best outfits for family photo sessions in winter:

  1. Layer up: Layering is key when it comes to winter photo sessions. Not only will it keep everyone warm, but it also adds depth and interest to the photos. Start with a warm base layer, such as a thermal shirt or sweater, and add on some layers. Chunky knits are always a great option for winter sessions and especially for kids.
  2. Stick with neutral colours: Neutral, earthy or natural colours are always a good option family photo sessions, especially in the winter. If you think of the colour palette of winter and autumn, this is a good place to start. They create a timeless and classic look that won't distract from the family's gorgeous smiles and the amazing connection you all have together.
  3. Avoid large logos or graphics: Large logos or graphics can be distracting in photos and take away from the overall look. Stick with simple patterns or solid colors.
  4. Coordinate, don't match: Opt for coordinating outfits that complement each other. You can do this by choosing a colour palette and having everyone wear shades of those colours.
  5. Don't forget the accessories: Accessories such as hats & scarves, not only add extra warmth but also add texture and interest to the photos. You can also consider bringing a few different options to switch up the looks throughout the session.

Dressing for a winter family photo session doesn't have to be complicated. By layering up, sticking with neutral colours, and coordinating outfits, you can create some beautiful winter photos and everyone can stay warm :)

Outfits are such personal choices, there is not a right or wrong answer here, its really what makes you all feel good, comfortable and relaxed.

Have fun with it! Use pinterest for some inspiration too, I have created an inspiration board here that you are welcome to view here, where I save outfit ideas and colour palettes that I like.

Your outfit

Start with your outfit first, as its much easier to coordinate the other outfits around this choice.

The most important thing is to choose an outfit that makes you feel beautiful.

Dresses and skirts are always lovely for photography as the movement of the material creates some gorgeous photos when you twirl or the wind blows.

Choose some nice accessories that make you feel amazing such as earrings, rings and necklaces and a hat is always a great option as well.

Kids Outfits

Using the colours of your outfit, then

organise your child/children’s outfits. Select some colours from your outfit, to use in the children’s outfits, so that they compliment each other.

I recommend avoiding any logo T-shirt or T-shirt/shirt with very busy patterns as we want the focus to be on your children’s lovely faces , their expressions and their amazing eyes, so we don’t want to draw the focus away from their faces into a bold patterned shirt.

Logos also date the photos and I want the photos to be timeless for you.

If you have younger kids wearing dresses and nappies, its great to have a ‘nappy cover’ over the nappy so that we don’t get any photos of the nappy in show.

The most important thing is that your children feel comfortable and relaxed, so they can run around and move. Ist great to have a couple of layers in case they get cold/hot as want to ensure they feel happy and carefree.

I usually recommend not having everyone match each other, it always looks amazing when the outfits complement each other, rather than entirely match, but its such a personal preference and please feel free too choose what feels right for your family.

Other outfits

Then move onto any other outfits. If you

have a partner a simple white t-shirt or

shirts & chinos or neutral, navy, brown shorts is always an easy option.

I always recommend outfits that feel comfortable and relaxed so that you can all move easily and play with your kids.

Don't worry about shoes, we will most likely be on the beach so won't need them. Its also a gorgeous look when everyone is in bare feet.

Maternity Options

If you are looking for a maternity dress to

hire I can also recommend Mama Rentals

for beautiful dress hire and I also have a

small collection of maternity dresses you

can borrow from my client wardrobe.

Please fee; free to contact me if you would like to discuss the options in my client wardrobe.