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Styling Options for Family Photos

Over the past few years, I've seen some really great outfit combinations and I've learned several tips and tricks to use when preparing your family's outfits annnnd I've learned a couple things that's best to avoid as well.


Before you dive into your closet and start piecing items together or before you run to Target to check out the newest finds, I'd like to encourage you to take a look at what's offered below because trust me when I tell you, it can be so helpful and reassuring when planning for your session.


As a family and newborn photographer, I offer four different options that make styling a breeze. You can choose from: The Closet, The Catalog, The Stylist and The Guide.


Let's talk about The Closet

A client closet is designed to save you time, money and the stress of having to shop for your family photos. It's a collection of carefully curated clothing selected by me to fit my brand and editing style. 


Included with any full session collection booked with Rachel Ann Photography comes access to her all inclusive client wardrobe. Within the wardrobe, you’ll find a variety of sizes, options, colors, textures and patterns to choose from. Rest assured, Rachel will help guide you through selecting the best pieces and accessories to complement your family’s ensemble. Browse what’s available here or schedule a styling appointment to finalize outfits.


The Catalog


Get a first hand look at an intentionally curated and beautifully organized catalog designed by a professional family photo stylist. Updated every season, this catalog is sure to wow you with incredible pieces that will elevate any photo session. When you book a session with Rachel Ann Photography, you'll be able to browse the catalog and view the most popular and trendy finds of the season.


The Stylist


Book an appointment with professional family photo stylist, Whitney Irene, and take your family photos to the next level with hand selected pieces based on your preferences. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with her unique approach and one-of-a-kind style that will elevate your session while making it your own. 


The Guide


Looking to DIY it? Not a problem. The Family Session Style Guide, created and updated by Rachel, makes that so simple. With having photographed families for nearly a decade comes first hand knowledge and experience in the area of styling. So I’ve put together all of my best tips and tricks to make styling your family portraits a breeze. From pairing complementary colors to adding texture and intentional accessories, this guide will leave you knowing which colors look great together and what to avoid.


If you’re not certain where to start, I always recommend starting with Mom. What is she wearing? Mom goes to all this trouble to plan the session, prepare the husband and children, make appointments, flex schedules to accommodate getting ready, etc. It is super important that Mom feels comfortable in an outfit that makes her feel beautiful.


Take a look at the reel linked here and see just a few of the incredible outfit options created right from the client closet. As a family and newborn photographer that has been in the industry for nearly a decade, I have seen firsthand the powerful element that styling can offer your beautiful images. To make things easier, I have now included access to the fully styled and ever-growing client wardrobe complimentary with any family or studio session.


Why? Why have I invested so much time and energy into this part of being a photographer?


Short answer: so you don’t have to.

Long answer: because styling outfits isn’t just about looking good. . .


It’s about enhancing the entire photography session experience. It’s about infusing your narrative with personality and flair, creating an ensemble that not only complements each individual but also harmonizes beautifully as a whole.


And who wouldn’t want that?




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