What to wear a guide for child and family photoshoots

Don't forget to bring any props, toys, headbands or accessories


Welcome to the Christina Michelle Photography what to wear guide. Booking and planning for your photoshoot can be a little daunting at first, so hopefully with this guide we can answer a few of the most common questions I get asked and put your mind at ease.

And don't forget....if you have any questions or would like any help choosing what outfits to bring for your photoshoot then please don't hesitate to ask me! Feel free to call me or send me an email, or you can even WhatsApp me some outfit ideas if you'd like. It's what i'm here for!

Graffiti Photoshoot - teenagers

Things to consider

Type of shoot

The type of shoot you have booked will determine what kind of clothes you should bring with you

  • Family shoot - if you are having a shoot then you may want to consider bringing outfits which compliment and go with one another.
  • Child shoot - the clothes your child wears should be comfortable and reflect their personalities. Dress them in their favourite outfit or something that they like to wear on a regular basis.
  • Themed shoots - shoots with a theme or specific "look" will determine what clothes you wear. For example, graffiti shoots look amazing if you wear a lot of colour too or just plain dark clothing.

Time of year

The time of year will have a big impact on what you choose to dress your children in for the photoshoot.

  • Winter and Autumn photoshoot - layers, jumpers, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, wellies etc
  • Spring and Summer - dresses look amazing, but remember to bring some other layers incase it turns a bit chilly.
Autumn Photoshoot


I always recommend that you bring an extra layer or a change of clothes for your photoshoot. You never know if a particular location is going to be chilly or windy compared to the weather back home, plus you can guarantee that children will always find a muddy puddle to jump in! I'd rather you had too many clothes than not enough - we can always keep them in the car as a back up just in case!

In colder weather, don't forget to bring warm clothing


Your chosen location might be full of beautiful flowers or have a gorgeous old wall. You may wish to choose to bring along an outfit which compliments your chosen location.

Beautiful brick wall at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.

What to Avoid

  • Try not to buy clothes specially for your photoshoot. Children feel most comfortable in clothes which they are familiar with. If you are unsure, try to dress them in a slightly smarter version of their normal day to day self. In ten years time you want to be able to look back on these photographs and see your children exactly how they were at this moment in time.
  • Spots and stripes. These never photograph well and are probably best avoided
  • Crazy patterns, logos and character t-shirts. These can often distract your eye and take your focus away from your children's faces. Sometimes less is more when it comes to clothing, so keeping clothes plain, classic and simple tends to work best. Your child might be into paw patrol now, but in a few years time it might look dated.
I love photographing colour!


  1. Neutrals look great - creams, whites, greys and browns all look gorgeous during the summer if you have a colourful backdrop.
  2. I love colour! You can always keep your outfit simple and then add a pop of colour using your accessories.
  3. A brilliant tool to use is the colour wheel. Colour wheels show colours which compliment one another. Try to aim for colours which are next to one another on the colour wheel, or those which are directly opposite. Adobe offer an amazing free colour wheel that you can play with and see how many complimenting colours you can come up with!
Red and green are opposite each other on the colour wheel and look great when photographed together
Neutrals look great with a pop of colour

If you have any questions or require any assistance picking out clothing for your photoshoot then please contact me.

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