J. Elizabeth Portraiture | Family Portraits Wardrobe

Family Portrait Wardrobe Suggestions

  • ​Always choose outfits that are classic and timeless
  • Darker, solid colors look best on adults such as, navy blue, maroon, dark purple and gray. Yellow can sometimes work, as well.
  • Beach portraits: greens, blues and turquoise are always nice
  • Nice jeans or solid colored pants
  • Moms: Nice skirts, blouses, sweaters and dresses
  • Dads: Nice button down shirts or simple, solid color, long-sleeved or t-shirts

*Pinterest is a great tool to help with deciding on your wardrobe. Also, feel free to lay out your clothing, snap a picture and send to us for an extra opinion. We love helping with wardrobe options, in fact, we prefer to : )


Tips on Your Style


  • ​Pick clothing that flatters your body type and you feel comfortable in
  • Outfit styles and colors that coordinate with all other family members
  • Solid colors look best on adults 
  • Make sure your clothes are pressed and wrinkle free
  • Have clean shoes
  • Beach shoots: prepare to go barefoot and have toe nails cleaned and trimmed
  • Men: if you plan on getting a hair cut, please do so 1 week prior to your session. This will give your hair time to grow in a bit
  • Men: please make sure your nails are trimmed and clean
  • Women: please keep your makeup natural and timeless. Go a little heavier than everyday but don't overdo it.
  • Women: make sure your nails are trimmed and evenly painted. Clear nail polish works great, as well!
  • Women: Have your hair styled before the session


Babies and Kids:

  • ​Go for textures and layers
  • Keep them comfortable and in properly sized outfits
  • Use fun accessories to show off their personality 
  • Bloomers or leggings under dresses
  • Beach shoots: prepare to have them barefoot 
  • Clean faces, eyes, noses and teeth



  • ​Big white sneakers
  • Shorts on adults, as they aren't as flattering
  • See-through clothing
  • Logos, graphics and busy prints
  • Everyone wearing the SAME color
  • Baggy clothing 
  • Formal or business casual attire unless spoken about beforehand
  • Wrinkles
  • Worn out or faded clothing
  • Thin straps on little girl's shirts and dresses or low cut necklines
  • Collared shirts for the young ones, as the collars tend to hide their faces : )


Session Preparation

  • ​Make sure your children are well-rested, well-fed and ready to play and have some fun
  • A snack before the session is always a great idea, as during will often lead to messy faces and great distractions
  • One week prior to your session, make sure to talk to your children about it and tell them how much fun we are going to have
  • Bring a favorite toy or blanket
  • Bring an extra outfit just in case
  • Be prepared to allow them to misbehave a little