What should we wear for family photos? Capturing Special Moments

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Nailing down wardrobe options may be one of the biggest tasks you'll need to complete before posing with your brood for a family photo shoot. Here, an expert and other moms share their go-to outfit ideas for scoring pretty and stylish shots.

Avoid Logos and Discomfort

"Avoid clothing with logos, words, or big graphic patterns, particularly on small kiddos. While a tee featuring a favorite character or movie might be your daughter's favorite, it can be distracting in the final images. When picking footwear, bear in mind that slightly more formal shoes will look more timeless than sneakers or athletic shoes. But always make sure shoes fit well and allow for running around and having fun. Moms and teens: Skip super pointy or tall heels unless they're your...

"Avoid clothing with logos, words, or big graphic patterns, particularly on small kiddos. While a tee featuring a favorite character or movie might be your daughter's favorite, it can be distracting in the final images. When picking footwear, bear in mind that slightly more formal shoes will look more timeless than sneakers or athletic shoes. But always make sure shoes fit well and allow for running around and having fun. Moms and teens: Skip super pointy or tall heels unless they're your usual go-to shoes. If you need a bit of extra height, go for a wedge or boot with a chunky low heel, so that you can move easily and don't risk twisting an ankle. And don't try to match your clothes perfectly. Coordinating is easier and looks more natural.

"Once you've figured out generally how formal you'd like to be, find a color palette that works for you and your location. This is totally flexible! Pinterest is a great resource for finding palette ideas. Palettes we've seen that have worked well in the past include plums and burgundy with rose and gold, traditional Christmas pairings like red and green, or even neutrals with metallics."  -- Emily Pogozelski, co-owner and photographer at Pogo Photo in Jupiter, Florida, and Burlington, Vermont

Don't Match but Do Coordinate

"When deciding what to wear for family photos, give some thought to the type of photo you are hoping for. Are you doing a truly formal portrait or a more natural, casual-style picture? Once you have decided that, you can start coming up with ideas for the actual shoot. The trend of everyone in your family wearing the exact same outfit has run its course. It's better to pick a few colors in the same color palette so that you have a consistent look that feels natural and effortless." -- Gina...

"When deciding what to wear for family photos, give some thought to the type of photo you are hoping for. Are you doing a truly formal portrait or a more natural, casual-style picture? Once you have decided that, you can start coming up with ideas for the actual shoot. The trend of everyone in your family wearing the exact same outfit has run its course. It's better to pick a few colors in the same color palette so that you have a consistent look that feels natural and effortless." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner for Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles, California

Limit Patterns

"I like to go with dark or bright colors, limited patterns, and try to stick to two or three colors for everyone in the family."

Be Yourselves

"Keep it simple and personal to your family. If you're not the type of people to heavily accessorize or go with a theme, then just wear something that lets you be yourselves."

Avoid Going Overly Formal

"Something you feel comfortable in! Personally, I'm not a fan of everyone in the family wearing the same thing -- especially of the white shirt and khaki variety -- or when people dress up as if they're about to go to a ball or even a wedding. The best part of doing family photos is capturing that particular moment in time -- which means that you look the way you actually look. When we did family photos recently, we all wore complementing shades, so it looked cohesive, but not matchy-matchy."  

Let Kids Move With Ease

"I say go casual. Too dressy looks like you're trying too hard! I always just do cute clothes with a general color scheme that the kids can move in."

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