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It can be difficult to decide on what to wear for your extended family shoot. You have a vision of what you want your images to look like, but how do you bring it to life? With a lot of people to consider, it might seem hard to come up with outfits for the whole family that will coordinate. However, it might not be as hard as you might think.

My first piece of advice for family portraits is to stick to the same colour palette, but not matching.

Colours that work wonderfully together, especially at a beach location are whites, creams, blues, denims, Peach, Browns and blush. All the colours you find at the beach. It is best to stick to clothing that do not look too busy, stay away from bold graphics, and too many spots or stripes as they will clash. If grandma for example has a dress with a bold pattern on it, try and look for the colours in that pattern and dress everyone else choosing the same colour pallet and tones within that dress.

Just like we talked about taking images at the beach, the same rules apply for any location (park, home, rainforest, country, fields of grass, city). If your session has more of a country feel, and the colours you love are tans, yellows, whites and greens that would make for a prefect combination. Your home may have olive greens, and you want to incorporate that theme of colour into your family portraits.

The family session below did a wonderful job of choosing a few colours and the overall scheme worked together perfectly. They chose blues/denims, white, and a hint of blush pink.



See below how some colour themes work wonderfully together.


At the end of the day, these suggestions are just a guide. There really are no rules. If your extended family want to wear every colour of the rainbow because that is what makes them feel themselves then go for it.  Wear what makes you feel comfortable. If you are comfortable then you can relax on the day and enjoy the session.

“Sheree handled all 22 of us crazies amazingly, she was equally amazing with my elderly parents and the youngest of kids. We all could not believe how easy the whole session flowed and how much fun we actually had. It felt like more special memories were being made right there on the beach. Since the shoot our father has sadly passed away and we absolutely cherish these photos with all our hearts. Thankyou so much” Johnson Family