Congratulations on booking your family photoshoot in Northern Michigan! I know one of the biggest questions you might have is, “What should we wear?” Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered with my 9 Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you all look and feel fantastic during your family adventure.

1) Do Embrace Your Family’s Personalities Let your unique personalities shine through your clothes and accessories. Whether you’re strolling on the beach or exploring natural areas, a bohemian-inspired look complements the scenic beauty perfectly. Take a peek at some of the families I’ve photographed in Northern Michigan for inspiration.


What to Wear Family Photographer


2) Don’t Sacrifice Comfort for Style Above all, I want you to be comfortable during your photoshoot. Avoid clothes that feel constricting or itchy, especially for kids. We’ll be on an adventure, so go for outfits that allow free movement and exploration.

3) Do Steer Clear of Distracting Logos While colorful shirts are great for kids, distracting logos and graphic tees can take the focus away from your family’s natural charm. Opt for simplicity, and let your smiles be the center of attention.


What to Wear Guide for your Northern Michigan Family Photo Shoot


4) Don’t Forget to Accessorize Accessories can add a touch of magic to your photos. Consider wide-brimmed hats, bracelets, funky earrings, or anything that adds movement to the photographs. Flowy dresses and long hair blowing in the wind make for beautiful moments.

5) Do Keep Distractions at Bay Before we start the photoshoot, stash away bags, backpacks, and water bottles in the car. Clear your pockets, leave your phone behind, and remove any distracting accessories. Let’s keep the focus on your family’s joyous moments.


Brown Bridge Quiet Area Traverse City Family Photo Session


8) Do Dress for the Weather Northern Michigan’s weather can be unpredictable, so layering is key. Dress comfortably and consider layering fleece leggings under skirts or wool under shirts if it gets chilly. For a dune hike in the summer, bare feet can photograph beautifully. Bring sandals just in case.


Spring Photo Shoot at Sleeping Bear Dunes


9) Do Choose Practical Shoes for Adventures If your photoshoot involves hiking and exploring, be prepared with comfortable walking shoes. Leave wedges, high heels, and flip flops at home. You can still bring a fun pair of shoes for some shots, but practicality comes first.


Colorful Family Outfit Sleeping Bear Dunes


6) Don’t Match, Coordinate Instead Instead of dressing everyone in the same outfit, choose coordinating outfits that reflect each family member’s personality. This adds depth and interest to your photos, making them even more captivating.

7) Do Select a Harmonious Color Scheme Allow your personalities to shine through a well-chosen color scheme. Pick two main colors and complement them with softer tones for a natural and harmonious look. For inspiration, take a peek at my family gallery.


Fall Northern Michigan Family Photo Shoot



I hope these 9 Do’s and Don’ts will help you plan the perfect outfits for your family adventure. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy your time together. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact me. Check out my Family FAQ page for more helpful tips on planning your family photo shoot.

Looking forward to capturing your family’s joy and love in the breathtaking landscapes of Northern Michigan.

Josh Hartman – Your Northern Michigan Family Photographer 📸🌿 #FamilyPhotoshoot #NorthernMichigan #ScenicAdventures #FamilyLove #MemoriesToCherish #TraverseCityPhotographer


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