How to Dress Your Family for Your Holiday Card Photo by Kristin Eldridge

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I know it might seem early, but if you like to hire a professional photographer to take your holiday card photo, now is the time to book your session as they get booked up fast and the holidays will be here before we know it.  One of my absolute favorite OC family photographers, Kristin Eldridge (who is taking our family photo on Sunday!) wrote us a guest post on something I always struggle with – WHAT DO WE WEAR?! Planning the family ensemble for a photo can be confusing. Here are tips Kristin wrote on how to dress your family for your holiday photo card so that most importantly, you all look like YOU!

How to Dress Your Family for Your Holiday Card Photo
by Kristin Eldridge of Kristin Eldridge Photography

“So, you’ve secured a date with your favorite photographer. The location is set and all of a sudden you wonder WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR!?!

Before the panic settles in, break it down. You don’t have to go on a major shopping spree or dress everyone in white t-shirts and jeans.

Follow this simple formula to create a thoughtful look for your photos without looking too matchy-matchy.

First, choose two main colors.

In the example above, I chose red and blue. Each member of the family will wear something with either blue, red or a neutral. Black, gray, white, khaki, denim…those all qualify as neutrals.

Second, add accessories. Here’s where it breaks away from the matchy-matchy. Instead of buying every red and blue piece Gymboree sells, try to use pieces you already own and tie in the look with belts, hair accessories or trims.

Don’t be afraid of prints…they can help to liven up a photo!

Most importantly, wear things that look like YOU. A photo is documented forever, so you want to look back and remember the life you lived in 2011. Wearing something too formal or too casual will just make you feel like you weren’t your true self. And when you feel good, you look good!”

To look at Kristin’s amazing work and get more information, you can visit her website or blog. Kristin also has a few OC mini holiday sessions coming up (but they book fast!) You can call (562)980-6480 or email info@kristineldridge.com to book your session!

[Disclosure: Kristin Eldridge is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor]

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    Susanne says:

    So helpful! Thanks!

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    Jen says:

    I know, great tips, right?!

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    Michelle says:

    This is just a really great post, thank you! I shared it with the Orange County Moms Facebook group members. We always have trouble deciding how to dress for family photos and I can only imagine lots of other families go through the same agony. LOL

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