HELP! What do I wear? Melbourne family photographer’s guide to selecting your outfits.

Family photos are a great way to capture memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s a traditional family portrait or a fun and candid snapshot, the right clothing can make all the difference. Melbourne family photographer Emma Baker, as put together this blog along with the WHAT THE HECK DO I WEAR guide (If you don’t want to read this blog) to help you picking the perfect outfit. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect colours and outfits for your family photos.

We aren’t in the 50s!

Hey, let’s spice things up a bit and avoid the whole jeans and white t-shirt look for your photos, shall we? It’s a bit too basic and doesn’t really allow for much personality or creativity. So let’s think outside the box and have some fun with it! Thanks for keeping an open mind, you will thank me in 10 years when you look back on the photos.

First and foremost, avoid logos and busy patterns on everyone are a no go. These can be distracting and take away from the focus of the photo, which should be your family. Instead, choose solid colours or subtle patterns that will complement each other.

A great way to start is by selecting mom’s outfit first. This will be the foundation for the rest of the family’s outfits. From there, you can select colours that complement the colours in mom’s outfit. This will create a visually appealing look that ties everything together.

A little bit fancy… why the hell not!

When selecting outfits, it’s important to think about the overall look and feel you want to achieve. It may be a more formal look, with the male family members in suits and the gals in beautiful flowing formal dresses.

You want to select clothing pieces that complement each other rather than matching exactly. This will create a cohesive look that is both stylish and timeless. The ONLY TIME Emm will let you do a somewhat matchy-matchy is like below. When you have want to create a specific vibe/look or want all the children in the same or wear similar coloured clothing. – Side not how stinking cute are my nieces and nephews!!! YES, the youngest is a DEVIL CHILD but I LVOE IT.

Emm will shop for you no matter what!

But if you’re not sure where to start, Melbourne family photographer Emma Baker from Aurora Joy Photography is here to help. Emm is more than happy to go shopping for or with you to select the perfect family outfits. And if you don’t want to go shopping, don’t worry. You also have access to the client wardrobe.

Location, location, location… keep it in mind!

When selecting colours, it’s important to think about the location and the overall mood you want to achieve. For example, if you’re planning to have your photos taken in a lush, green location, you might want to choose earthy tones like greens, browns, and blues. If you’re going for a more urban look, you might want to choose more modern colours like black, white, and gray. But don’t got Overboard with blocks of colours.

Mix and match! But be Comfortable!

Another great tip is to mix and match textures and patterns. This will add depth and visual interest to your photos. For example, you might want to pair a chunky sweater with a flowy skirt or dress, or mix stripes with polka dots.

Ultimately, the goal is to choose outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable. If you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, it will show in your photos. So, make sure you choose clothing that you love and that makes you feel like the best version of yourself and if that means you are all going to wear different shades of blue then GO FOR IT.

Selecting the perfect colours and outfits for your family photos can be a fun and exciting process when you have the right tools. By following these tips and working with Melbourne family photographer Emm, you can create timeless photos that you’ll cherish for years to come. So, let’s get started and capture some amazing memories!

So, what are you waiting for? Book your session with Melbourne family photographer Emma Baker! NOW!

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Emma Baker

Hi there! I'm Emma, a Romsey-based photographer capturing smiles and creating cherished memories. As a mum to Aurora and Kody and partner to Josh, I love adventure—riding bikes, savoring coffee, and embracing life's joys. With a background in teaching, I found my true passion in photography over a decade ago. I founded Aurora Joy Photography to celebrate every client's unique journey with warmth and enthusiasm.

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April 4, 2023




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