How To Pick Family Outfits For Holiday Portraits

October 5, 2021

Courtney and Corey are good friends of mine, and I have photographed them so many times over the years! My husband, Martin, met Corey when they were both working at Soho South Cafe in Savannah. Corey and Courtney had just moved to Savannah from Ohio, and we quickly became friends! So, I’ve worked with them on their engagement session in downtown Savannah, their beautiful wedding, and their son’s newborn session. But now I got to shoot their first family session! It is seriously such an honor to be able to document families from engagement to wedding to a growing family! And since their style for this session was so amazing, I thought I’d share some tips for picking outfits for your Savannah family portraits.

Play With Holiday Colors

You don’t have to be too Holiday-specific with your outfits, but you can still have some fun. This session was for their holiday card, and I love how they chose a fun play on red and green by doing maroon and olive! These images can be framed in the home and still be gorgeous all year long! Another option is to play with pinks and greens or shades of blue and white. Another great option is burgundy and navy! This can give a winter feel, without being too festive.

Play With Backdrops

I choose backgrounds to complement during my Savannah family portraits. The Olde Pink House wall always adds a fun contrast of color, and it’s an iconic color in Savannah. To add some green, we chose some of the greenery and ivy-covered walls in Savannah (there are so many!).

For a clean grey background, we popped into a parking garage, so we could use some of the grey cement as a solid background. This is really useful when getting images to use for card purposes because you often overlay text onto your images. Plus, it started to rain so that gave us cover!

Keep The Pattern as an Accent

There are so many great patterns you can tie in!  I love a festive plaid of tartan, but make sure to not go overboard. It can be busy on camera, so I suggest adding it with a scarf, accessory, or a shirt that doesn’t have too many colors. A single-tone plaid can work well. For example, a plaid that is burgundy and red or black and gray. This is a great way to add some contrast to your Savannah family portraits!

Corey and Courtney are actually about to have their second baby, and I’m so excited to meet their new nugget and photograph them again for her newborn session! There’s nothing better than a Savannah family portraits session with an amazing family!

My amazing associate photographer, Hannah, will be doing Fall mini sessions. Mini sessions are a great way to get the family photos you need for holiday cards. They’re taking place on Saturday, October 16th, and Sunday, November 7th. You can see more information and sign up here! We’d love to see you there!

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