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What to Wear for Your Family Photos This Winter: Embrace Cozy Knits, Texture, and Warm Blankets

Updated: Jun 30


As the cool winter weather continues in Sydney, it’s actually the perfect time to plan your family photoshoot. The crisp air and lower sun makes for a really beautiful cozy aesthetic that shouldn't be overlooked. One of the key elements that can elevate your photos is choosing the right outfits. This winter, it’s all about embracing comfy knits, rich textures, and warm blankets. Here’s a guide to help you and your family look your best while staying comfortable and creating memories to last a lifetime.



Cozy Knits for a Timeless Look


Knitted garments go hand in hand with winter and ooze a sense of warmth and comfort. Consider dressing your family in cozy sweaters, cardigans, beanies and scarves. Opt for neutral and warm tones like cream, grey, maroon, dark forest greens and navy, which not only photograph beautifully but also complement the winter landscape. Chunky knit sweaters with intricate patterns can add a touch of charm and individuality to each family member’s outfit.


Layering for Texture and Depth


Layering is a fantastic way to introduce texture and depth to your family photos. Combine different fabrics like wool, cotton, and flannel to create a visually appealing and tactile experience. For instance, a soft woolen sweater paired with a flannel shirt peeking out from underneath adds dimension to your look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures to create a cozy and inviting aesthetic.


Warm Blankets and Rugging Up


Incorporating blankets into your photoshoot can be both practical and stylish. Not only do they keep everyone warm, but they also add a cozy, intimate feel to your pictures. Choose blankets with interesting patterns or rich colours that complement your outfits. Wrapping up in a shared blanket can create heartwarming, candid moments that translate beautifully on camera.


Accessories for Added Warmth


Accessories play a crucial role in completing your photoshoot look and winter lets you incorporate the cutest accessories. Beanies, gloves and scarves not only keep you warm but also add a touch of personality to your outfits. Choose accessories that coordinate with your colour scheme but also allow each family member to express their unique style. Knitted hats with pom-poms, patterned scarves, and cozy knitted gloves can enhance the overall aesthetic of your photos.


Footwear Matters


Don’t forget about footwear! Choose shoes or boots that are both stylish and practical for winter weather. Leather boots, suede ankle boots and the like not only keep your feet warm while adding to the overall look.


Colour Coordination and Harmonising


While it’s essential for each family member to feel comfortable and express their style, coordinating colours can create a harmonious look. Stick to a colour palette that complements the winter environment—think earthy tones, muted blues, deep reds, and classic neutrals. Avoid overly bright colours that might distract from the serene winter backdrop.



Tips for a Successful Winter Photoshoot


1. Plan Ahead: Winter weather can be unpredictable. Early mornings or late afternoons often provide the best natural light.

   

2. Stay Warm: Dress in layers and make use of the extra blankets that I bring along to keep everyone warm between shots. Warmth and comfort are key to ensuring happy and cooperative family members. Also, consider if you have a blanket that has sentimental value then bring that along!!!!


3. Have Fun: The best photos are those that capture genuine moments. Encourage your family to cuddle up together, get your bodies moving to keep warm and just have fun being playful. These candid interactions often make for the most cherished photos.


Embracing cozy knits, rich textures, and warm blankets can make your family photoshoot a delightful experience this winter. With the right clothing and a bit of planning, you’ll create beautiful, heartwarming images that capture the essence of the season and your family’s unique bond. So, layer up, rug up, and get ready to create some magical winter memories!



Winter cozy vibes not your style? No need to wait til Summer to capture your precious family photos!


Check out my 'Why Studio Photography is Perfect' blog for some benefits of shooting indoors during Winter. The blog may be based on maternity and newborns, but the benefits are absolutely still relevant to family and other lifestyle photo sessions.


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