What to Wear for Your 2021 Family Photos

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Wondering what to wear to your fall family photos this year?

I got you covered-Literally!

As both a parent and a photographer, I know how stressful it can be to coordinate outfits with your family, especially without spending lots of money on new outfits for everyone.

Also, can we talk about how quickly kids grow? Oh, and how utterly frustrating it is to buy an adorable, photo-worthy outfit, just so it can be worn one time and then hang in your child’s closet until the next purge. It is the absolute worst!

I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that many of you mamas out there are like me, and have trouble finding something you feel comfortable in AND coordinates with everyone else. Plus, you have to figure out the logistics. Will the session be indoor or outdoor? What season is it?  Is it going to 90 degrees out?  Will there be sweating involved? Or will it be freezing??? (Note: Cold kids and photoshoots don’t go, bring layers.)

Depending on the answer to these questions, the location and season will influence your wardrobe color choice, or at least it should. I’m not saying that Easter pastels wouldn’t work for your fall photo session, but it definitely wouldn’t be my first choice.

Here are 3 wardrobe solutions that maybe you have never considered or even heard of before…

1. Styled photo sessions.

Choosing a family photographer that offers styling services removes all the stress around getting your family ready for your session. Services can range from wardrobe selection to hair and makeup services. Many photographers partner with stylists to source wardrobe options for the whole family.  They can also make suggestions on what to wear from pieces you already own.

2.  A client closet.

Maybe you’ve never heard of a client closet before. Or, maybe you’re a little skeptical of relying on a closet full of clothes you’ve never seen before. I know that many have concerns over the fit, having the right size, and their overall comfort. I get it. Those are all valid concerns!

Glean & Co’s client closet is fully stocked with a range of options in various styles and sizes for the whole family. Knowing how important comfort is, we strive to provide items that we know our clients will feel comfortable and confident in, but also those things that look amazing in photos but wouldn’t necessarily be a part of your everyday closet (I.e. the stuff you WANT for your photoshoot, but don’t necessarily want to have to buy and wear for one day)

Schedule a time to come check out our entire closet, try stuff on and see our brand new studio (insert several emoji heart eyes here) simply by giving us a call at 208-274-3704 or shooting us an email at hello@gleanandco.com

A sneak peek at our Lifestyle Studio in SE Boise and outfits from our client closet. The perfect place for cozy family photos and a rainy day alternative when the weather turns this fall.


3.  Check out Style & Select.

As far as online resources go, this thing is pretty darn rad. Here’s how it works: head to https://styleandselect.com/p/gleanandco and enter code: BLOG. (code good until 8/31/21)

Choose the vibe you’re looking for (urban hipster, romantic boho or casual and charming) then tell it how many people you’re styling, their sizing and your preferred color combos! It will give you a ton of different options, ready for purchase and perfectly paired to already go together. How amazing is that!

Pro tip: You don’t have to buy everything you find on Style & Select. (shhh, don’t tell them I said that) Use it as inspiration and to find those key pieces that you absolutely love. Then pull the rest of the items from your own closets or our client closet!

Wondering which colors to wear for Fall 2021?

Classic muted shades are always a good choice and MarieClaire.com suggests army green, deep indigo and clay will be abundant this year! Sun colors like clay, mustard and burgundy are always beautiful paired with fall foliage. Plus you can’t go wrong with neutrals and a good variety of texture. (think knit sweaters, denim and leather…velvet is also back!) For any season, try to stay away from clothing that features neon colors, large logos, wording, or characters on the front.

One last tip!

Never underestimate the use of accessories.  Think scarves, hats, puffy vests and even the blanket to sit on. Games and bubbles are a great way to add props and allow the kids to have some fun. Add the champagne glasses to cheers your way into beautiful family photos for 2021.






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