Aug 31, 2017

It’s crazy to think that the end of summer is just around the corner! While summer is great for so many activities and outdoor adventures, I always look forward to watching the season change to Autumn. (The Starbucks Fall latte menu might have something to do with it as well!)

While there are still a few weeks to enjoy summer we have already been gearing up for holiday family sessions. These sessions produce the perfect images for family Christmas cards and gifts!  The number one questions I get asked from my clients about family sessions is “what should we all wear?”. So in terms of helping you plan the perfect family portrait, this post is dedicated to just that, also included is our 2017 Holiday Style Guide.

Tips and Tricks for Planning Outfits for Your 2017 Holiday Session

Wear something that makes you feel good! This is a major confidence booster even for those who are the most camera shy. When you feel and know you look great it definitely shows through in photos!

Solid colours tend to photograph better than busy patterns, but please avoid highly saturated colours (like neons) as these colours can bounce back onto your skin and create undesired results in your photos.

When planning photos, whether it’s for two or twenty people, you want to plan a colour scheme. Go for similar and complimenting tones without being too matchy. Start with a few colours that coordinate well and then add neutrals to accent and complete your look. This can take some serious planning ahead, especially for larger families, but it will ALWAYS pay off!

Say “no” to large logos or characters on clothing! You don’t want to take the focus off of your family’s faces.

Utilizing different textures into your outfits is a great way to insert individuality and let each member’s personality shine! Accessories such as ties, scarves, and jewellery are another fun way to achieve this.

Laying out each family member’s outfit together will give you a good idea about how the pieces will look next to each other. We are always using this trick in the studio when we are planning our styled shoots, as it helps us know what doesn’t work together and if there is anything missing from the outfits.

If you are planning to go shopping in preparation for a family shoot. I recommend stores that can clothe the whole family, it’ll be easier to fine coordinating outfits as collections will be similar across both sexes and all ages. Stores such as Joe Fresh, Old Navy, Gap, and Zara are great for this. All four of these places also offer Canadian shipping which is a lifesaver if you are like me and live an hour away from a major shopping centre.

If all else fails, select classic outfits that will make for a timeless portrait. Styles come and go but, your photos should be for forever!

Below you can find our  Holiday 2017 Style Guide that we have created for this season. Feel free to use it as inspiration or a starting point to planning your outfits. We have also created a Pinterest board with some of our favourite finds from Old Navy, Joe Fresh, Gap, Zara, Boutique 1861, and The Children’s Place.

Don’t forget to grab a spot for our 2017 Holiday Minis! We have also added an option to upgrade to an extended family session for $100 more!!

If you’re wondering if our holiday mini sessions are outside, YES they are! These are super informal sessions where we laugh, play, tickle and have fun! They are perfect to get some updates photos without enduring a full hour session.

 Thanksgiving Weekend | Weyburn | October 8 & 9

20 Minute Session | 10 Digital Files | $230

Book your 2017 Holiday Session here, or by contacting us at

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