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taking family pictures at reunion

Tis the season for family reunions, and when there are reunions, there are group pictures.  Am I right? I just had a cute gal email me the other day about being frazzled in planning outfits for a big group coming together for her grandmothers 92nd birthday. She said her grandma has such snazzy great style and she didn’t know where to begin. I said to have grandma pick her favorite outfit (maybe something new?) and then pick the colors from that and have everyone else plan around that.

In most cases, it’s just siblings getting together with all of their kids plus grandparents. Not only do I have to plan my own family outfits each year, but by default I’m in charge of planning for my siblings/my mom’s family portrait.

  If you don’t take a group picture when all together, then shame on you! Just kidding, but I am a big fan of that idea. Believe it or not, I LOVE planning outfits for family portraits, but having a group of 10 or more does get a bit complicated…but it doesn’t have to! I will give you my special formula for seamless group photos. First, start with a color palette. I say to pick 3 colors, then have a neutral for a freebie. In our case, we used neutrals, so had white as our freebie. Neutrals can be denim, khaki, gray, white, or black…but just pick one of those. Here is our color palette we came up with:

For more color inspiration, I’ve recently seen on Pinterest designers grab color palette’s from home design and nature:


Check out more at Design Seeds for some major eye candy.

Once you have selected your palette, each family has to coordinate their outfits first with themselves. Here is my family below. I used our selected colors and found something for each person that would go well with the others. It’s a bit of a puzzle, I tell ya. Even looking at this now, I’m not a fan that my husband and older son are wearing something identical, but with my hubby holding the baby (and yes I think of that when planning outfits), it isn’t as noticeable, and I knew they wouldn’t stand together in the big group shot.

Then my older brother worried just about his little family. I love how my sis in law threw in a scarf for her teal pop! Teal is a little harder to find for boys, but it

isn’t necessary here.

Then my younger brother and his fam… Love that my sis in law threw the teal in with a skirt to not just give the pop of color to the top half of the group. I believe my nephew has a onesie turned around backwards (I’ve even done inside out). For pictures like this, you won’t see the back.

Then my youngest bro and his wife did great, hers is a dress….

I did have to oversee my parents though. My dad came out with a teal shirt along with my moms teal shirt and I said…”Um, no no no….wear the gray.” He had both shirts ready, and we were at their home, so it worked.  Having a handful of options does help when all coming together.

Then we got all together for the group shot, and check it out! The main thing I worked with is separating myself, my mom, and my sis in law that had dominant teal on top. (I had just run in the picture–not my favorite photo sessions when I have to set up and run and corral the group that is my family).

I LOVE the way it turned out! Do you??? Just for funnies, here is our family silly shot. Always gotta have the silly shot.

So if you are planning a family reunion this summer, plan to get a group shot, and apply these guidelines and I know it will be great! Let me know how it turns out, too!

{originally posted at The Idea Room}

For more ideas for Family pictures, such as How to Take your Own Family Pictures, see all of my PHOTO TIPS.

For even more ideas:


What to Wear in Family Pictures by Color


How to Take your Own Family Pictures

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