Holiday Family 12 days ago by Liz Adams

My Tips for Planning Family Photos

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Dave: Peter Millar Vest, Vineyard Vines Performance Pants, Everlane Modern Flannel Shirt, Steve Madden Boots
Liz: Topshop Sweater Dress (wearing an XS), Vince Camuto Boots (true to size)
Charlie: Vineyard Vines Flannel Shirt, DL1961 Skinny Jeans, Ugg Bradley Waterproof Boot
Jack: Vineyard Vines Flannel Shirt, Joe’s Brixton Jeans, Ugg Chukka Boots

Shop the post:
Dave: Peter Millar Vest, Vineyard Vines Performance Pants, Everlane Modern Flannel Shirt, Steve Madden Boots
Liz: Topshop Sweater Dress (wearing an XS), Vince Camuto Boots (true to size)
Charlie: Vineyard Vines Flannel Shirt, DL1961 Skinny Jeans, Ugg Bradley Waterproof Boot
Jack: Vineyard Vines Flannel Shirt, Joe’s Brixton Jeans, Ugg Chukka Boots

By far my most asked about topic this time of year is about family photos! It’s always a little daunting to think about capturing that perfect moment, making sure everyone’s outfits pair well together, stocking treats to encourage your kids to behave – you kind of dread the entire process but are so grateful once they are done. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro but hopefully I can give you some tips to help the process go more smoothly. 

Tips for Having a Successful Family Photoshoot

  • Feel confident in what you’re wearing! Don’t step too outside of your comfort zone because someone influenced you to.
  • Go in with low expectations! I promise that the imperfect/candid photos are usually the best. 
  • Bring treats for kids. I can’t tell you how many DumDums are consumed during photoshoots with our boys. 
  • Capture moments that feel like you. Don’t try to make a shot happen because you’ll most likely get frustrated and you want to keep your cool in these situations!

When it comes to dressing my biggest piece of advice is not to stray too far from your personal style. I don’t usually like to get too dressed up because 1. then I’m stressed about how the kids look the entire time or if they are ruining their outfits and 2. I look back on those photos and often feel like they look too stuffy. I think they best thing you can do to feel naturally comfortable in front of the camera is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. The closer to your natural element the better! For us that is more on the casual side. 

The focus of our family photos is the boys so they are always the first outfits I choose! Now that they are the age where I can usually find coordinating outfits I’ll try to do that but in general I like to stick to a color palette. I found these adorable flannel Vineyard Vines shirts and knew I would coordinate Dave in navy/neutrals and I’d dress neutral myself. I love that these photos capture the feeling of the season but also feel put together and cozy. I’m also kind of dying over their boots – Charlie’s here and Jack’s here

Dave gets so excited to shop for fall and I knew he would love this vest for our photos. If Dave could live in a season it would be right now – flannel, vests, fleece, thick socks and boots – Dave Adams’ jam right there. He looks like such a cute, burly dad holding his boys! I mentioned this in yesterday’s post but I legit buy every man in my family a new Everlane flannel shirt every single year. They are the best! I love the deep navy color of Dave’s and he also has the grey one which he wears alllll the time. The quality is amazing, they are so so soft and the price can’t be beat. Put that on your list of things to buy for your guy!

When I’m shopping for our family photos my first stop is always Nordstrom because I know I’ll find coordinating pieces for the entire family. I may or may not have stocked up on some extra pieces for Dave because their new arrivals for men are so so good (hopefully he isn’t reading this but I grabbed this and this). 

A big thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!