13 Different Picture Outfit Ideas for 1 Family

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I just LOVE taking family pictures. As a family, it happens at least once a year, and coming up with a new scheme of picture outfit ideas can be tricky, but I see it as fun!  Previously, I’ve shared 13 Creative Family Picture Ideas  and this week, I’m sharing 13 Different Picture Outfit Ideas with an array of color schemes!  From classic Christmas colors to my personal fave, pastels, we have got a little bit of everything for everyone! Click on each link below the pictures to see more images of the outfits featured, to get a better idea of how they look. {See the bottom of this post for links to related topics}What to wear in family photos

I even made a snappy video you might enjoy!

13 Different Picture Outfit Ideas for 1 Family

Since it’s the season for Family Pictures, and knowing from personal experience as well as from clients that figuring out what to wear is one of the biggest stresses, I thought I’d share what our family has worn from year to year for pictures. Of course I want to change it up each year, and since I LOVE having our family pictures taken, I’ve got quite a lot to share! Some of these are old with small images, but I hope they can inspire you to think outside of your standard color palate!  I always get excited to try out something new, myself.

Not only are there individual family pictures, but 3 extended family pictures ideas, which will help you visualize colors for a larger group.


Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Pastel colors in family pictures

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with Pastels, I mean how cute is this?  And it’s perfect in this setting too!  Pastels also allow for so many different combinations that you can’t go wrong, did I already mention that?

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Picture outfit ideas in Turquoise, Yellow & Navy

If you’re going to take family pictures on a beach then why not get outfit inspiration from the water?  I love the mix of blues and the pops of yellows in this family picture!

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

 Picture outfit ideas in Black & White

Ahhh..such a classic combo.  I bet each of your family members already has black and white hanging in their closets and it always looks good!

What to wear in family photos

Picture outfit ideas in red, yellow, and blue (click to see the beach ball fun, too!)

I love the use of primary colors here, how fun!  The bright colors work so well together and make this family picture one to remember!  Click on that link to see our extended family (with beach balls) and more individual families, how they pulled together the colors.

what to wear for family pictures

Picture outfit ideas in green and navy

I just love Navy.  It just feels put together and with green?  It’s a killer combo!  I love the splashes of tans too as a neutral.

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Family pictures in Mint & Peach

Along the lines of the pastels above, mint and peach and their cooler tones look great when combined! Click on the color to see these outfits better (this is just my favorite shot!)

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Green, Navy & Red

What can I say but classic Christmas card colors!  Green, navy and red just scream winter and look too good together!  I love the added pop of red with the blanket too!

What to wear in family pictures

Fall colors in family pictures

Orange, Brown & Mustard Yellow

Talk about fall colors!  The combo of orange, brown and mustard yellow are perfect!

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Hot Pink, Navy & Green

I love, love, love this combo!  Bright colors are so fun and perfect with a solid background like this white snow!

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

 Family Outfit ideas White with Rainbow (We had a fun paint fight!)

I’m sorry but I cannot get over this family paint fight!  Start with a neutral like white and then go color crazy!

Family Picture Outfit Ideas

Red, Green & Christmas Jammies 

Another classic for Christmas!  We always take pj pictures each year at on Christmas Eve so why not take that idea to the next level with your family photo shoot?  Santa, not included (but you can find our own costume here)

What to wear in family pictures

Teal, Gray & Black

I also love gray as a neutral and the teal gives this fall picture the perfect pop! Click the color link above to see the extended family picture and how everyone selected their clothes for the group photo.

What to wear in family photos

Red, black, and gray

Black and gray with any color will look great, adding some color on the bottom helps whether through shoes or pants, and not just tops. Click over to see more pictures.

Have you got family pictures on the brain?  Which combo do you love best?

Not only do I LOVE taking family pictures, I also love to decorate with pictures. Check out hundreds of ideas from myself and friends!

Here is a fun little video I put together than can be helpful visually:



Need more ideas for Family pictures? Check out:

Great ideas on how to get your kids to cooperate for family pictures,

Learn how to take your own family pictures,

and more tips on how to pull together clothes for family pictures.

13 Creative Family Picture Ideas

Still want more ideas! I’ve updated my site with a great series: What to Wear in Family Pictures by COLOR.

what color to wear in Family Pictures

Also follow my new What to Wear in Family Pictures Pin Board that I’ll continue to add to!

Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen’s board What to Wear in Family Pictures on Pinterest.


Join The Discussion



  1. Nicole says:

    Love the walk-through of pics here. So cute! My favorite combos here are probably turquoise, navy, and yellow or the navy and green. I think the teal, gray, and black is probably a close third.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Glad you like it, Nicole!!! Great color choices, it’s fun to change it up, for sure!

  2. I love all of your family pictures! I think we might go with green, navy, and red this year!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      That’s a great classic combo! I do have fun with the process, so thanks for the love!

  3. Thank you for all the great ideas! The white shirts paint fight looks like so much fun!! We are huge grey and red fans but I like the idea of stepping out of our comfort zones and love the pastel look also. I will definitely be showing this to my husband as we plan our fall family pictures

    • Kristen Duke says:

      The paint fight was so fun, do it! It’s great to step out of the box and change it up from year to year, tell me what you end up doing!

  4. Emily says:

    so cute!! I just love that snuggle photo. You have some gorgeous family photo from over the years.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you, Emily! I do love that snuggle photo, too, one of my favorites! My photographer friend stood on my bed and hovered over us quite well for that one!

  5. rachel says:

    I am in LOVE with the family paint fight, where was this done in the families yard at a park?
    it is an AMAZING idea! as for color scheme right now I am actually thinking black and peach might be a good color combo, but black white and pink might also be something I do this year. I am on the hunt for outfits already lol

    • Kristen Duke says:

      The paint fight was in a field with trees in our neighborhood. Any park will do, too! It didn’t leave much on the ground and washes away with rain.

  6. alba says:
  7. Love all the outfits! Great colors! Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Fun Ideas!

  9. Have I mentioned how much I love your site? So much great information! Thanks!

  10. Brilliant! Great concept!

  11. This is such a big help when you are in charge of dressing your family for family photos. Love the Christmas blanket idea!

    • Yes, the article I was looking for. Your article gives me another approach on the subject. I hope to read more articles from you.

  12. They all look great. The pastels are my favorite.

  13. So many great ideas on here!

  14. Megan says:

    love that there are large and small grouping ideas

  15. OH I love this post! We take family photos everywhere and would love to use this!!!

  16. You are an exceptional photographer. My eyes take in every aspect of your photos!

  17. I love the pastel one, even though I’m not really a pastel girl (I’m more of a head to toe black girl). 😛

  18. All are beautiful! Such a great idea!

  19. I usually go with neutrals but I LOVE the red and navy with pops of green. So festive!

  20. Jenn says:

    Great idea! Thanks so much!

  21. Nella says:

    Green, hill riding are my family favorite.

  22. On the weekend, I always bring my family and pet to small park that have beautiful grass near my house. It is a great happiness when have awesome time with family.

  23. I plan to take some style from here for my next vacancy on the end this year.

  24. Tori says:

    We are having a family picture outside in a park with Fall leaves surrounding us and a huge red barn. What colors would you recommend?

  25. dezi says:

    You are so funny, Kristen. You make me laugh! Thank you for this post…..I’m gonna use it! Dezi

  26. Amazing post.

  27. Everything on this website is amazing.

  28. This is so fun! What a great idea. Also I love how authentic you seem to be. Your style and passion for blogging is contagious. Thank you for sharing your life!

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  32. i like the ideas you share i must the blue theme picture idea its amazing and interesting one.

  33. The ideas and the color combinations are really very interesting and perfect. i use the blue family theme during my next family trip in this season we are going for sailing. So i try the blue theme in blue water and shining horizon. we plan to wear sky blue themed sailing clothes and royal blue sailing gloves. kindly suggest me some good ideas to make my picture a perfect click.

  34. Hi Kristin, Great ideas, so cute :)). I will definitely be showing this to my husband as we plan our fall family pictures. Thank you for sharing the great ideas!


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