Family photography – Clothing Ideas inspired by Pantone® 2014

What to wear for a portrait session is a hot and recurring question.

I always recommend to stay simple, away from big patterns and logos and stick to a few colour palette.

I already gave some general tips here  and maternity ideas here in previous posts.

Below you can just see how to have coordinated look for a location session. Same tonality will be used for children as well 🙂

Each outfit is paired with a rich Pantone 2014 hue to get you excited about clothes-shopping for your big day in front of the lens.

Tea Rose

Blushing shades of dusty pink and mauve are uppity and oh-so-cute against the moody grey skies of the cooler season. Leather footwear and chocolate accents ground the brighter pinks while adding natural textures to the overall look.  A lovely set of outfits perfect either in our out from under the umbrella!

Pink shades are also great for spring and summer, kind of a dreamy pastel look against the greenery the season can offer. You can use a nice scarf and sandals with your dress.

what to wear - family photography pink


Ah, teal both bright and melancholy, energetic yet relaxed. This popular color looks fabulous in front of the lens, especially set against cloudy skies and yellow-orange leaves. It also looks fabulous on just about everybody, making it a wonderful choice as the star of your outfit.

what to wear - family photography teal


Warm, comfortable, subtle sheepskin evokes the best part of cooler weather. Incorporating sand tones into your wardrobe adds a calming, natural touch. Sheepskin accents like boots and slippers provide wonderful texture to your images and keep your toes toasty!

what to wear - family photography cream


Rich rhubarb red is ready for Fall or Winter a deep, complex tone that commands attention. This festive color is so powerful even a small accent of it, like a pair of shoes or wool scarf, is enough to add vibrance to the dullest of outfits and backgrounds. Don’t overdo it, though too much can also overpower your skin tones! I would in fact keep that tone for the bottom part, away from the face.

what to wear - family photography red


What a deliciously exciting color to spice up your photographs! Done properly, this oh-so-Autumn tone could turn your photographs into something your friends will envy for years to come. Try using this spicy hue as an accent color, or if it’s a main piece like a top or jacket, make sure the rest of what you’re wearing is dark and subtle. The yellow-orange will pop on camera and look amazing.

what to wear - family photography pumpkin


This special grey-blue is introverted and complementary to just about anyone lucky enough to be wearing it! Whites and greys are ideal companions to create a complete look. Lovely to look at on camera and versatile for indoors, outdoors, urban, or out in nature, Provincial Blue is a great, low-risk choice for anyone putting together their outfit.


Sage green

Margarita is a soft sage green that reminds us Spring is somewhere around the corner, but not quite here yet! This hue is innocent and graceful, and can be worn as an accent color or as the main piece. Leather shoes and accessories look fantastic alongside this tone.


Cascade Blue.

Brighter than the other blues in this collection, Cascade is optimistic and playful. Soft sand tones as accents allow this special blue to shine. Cascade is another wonderful choice for those who aren’t quite sure what color would look best; it won’t let you down! A perfect color to wear for the camera.


I hope this post wil inspire and help you choosing the right outfit for your photo shoot.





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