What to wear for winter family photos
Just down the road from Beacon Rock State Park in Washington, I met this family for a wintertime adventure in January. It was most likely going to be a cold day so I worked hard to create cohesive outfits with colors that would really pop against the winter scenery. It's really important to have all the details planned out, like warm layers in case the weather takes a turn for the worse, especially with family photography. Cold kids are not happy kids. Read on for my tips on how to dress for family photos in the winter.
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How to add warmth when planning outfits for winter family photos
It's a bit cold out near Beacon Rock State Park in January so we chose long dresses and warm layers. We utilized blankets, hats, and sweaters to keep the kids warm. If you're planning a winter photo session outdoors, this is the perfect way to add warmth but still look gorgeous and put together. It's also smart to plan extra layers like tights and onesies under kids' clothing. Just be conscious of the amount of bulk you are adding with your layers. If you can add warmth without adding too much bulk, that is best. Sometimes kids can wear things that are too puffy and they will block their face, especially when picked up. Be careful of collars and puffy vests, as those are the most common culprits of blocking faces.
Adding textures when styling outfits
I love all the added textures when it's cold and you can have lots of layers. The little girl's brown popcorn knit sweater looks so good on camera because of the chunky knit texture. The older girl has on a fringe jacket and wide-brimmed hat, both from Joyfolie. The fringe adds interest without being too bulky. And the baby has a knit bonnet and mustard fringe blanket. Can you tell I like knits and fringe? And all that added texture looks really great with the brown tones out near Beacon Rock State Park.
In need of your own family photographer who can help with outfit planning?
When you book a photo or video family session with me, I will help with styling, plus I have a client closet full of over 500 items for you to borrow. I also have plenty of warm, last-minute items that you can borrow in the trunk of my car! I always bring lots of hats, blankets, and sweaters just in case they are needed. To book your session, fill out the form on my contact page and we can start planning! I book sessions out near Beacon Rock State Park or anywhere along the Columbia River Gorge, in the Portland area, near the Oregon Coast, and am available for travel, as well.
Keep scrolling to see the short family film and photos from this family's winter family photo + film session with me.
Interested in learning more about styling for family sessions?
Here are more articles I've written on the subject:
How to Choose the Right Patterns for Family Photos
What Colors to Wear for Family Photos
What NOT to Wear for Photo Sessions
What to Wear for Maternity Photos
What to Wear to Your In-Home Lifestyle Session
How to Prepare for Your Overcast Photo Session
I also have a What to Wear page on my website, and you can get inspiration from my Pinterest Board where I pin outfits I think would look great in photos.
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