While I offer a very thorough styling and color selection guide for my booked clients, here are some of my general guidelines:

Don’t wear sporty tennis shoes, large logos, neon colors or baggy clothes and do not try to match everyone in the session

To create timeless images that focus on the subjects and emotions, I strongly suggest wearing colors that compliment each other and avoid very harsh patterns.

Select something color and weather appropriate if the season is what inspired you to get a family portrait. Otherwise, I suggest earthy and neutral colors while being careful to not fully blend with the surroundings at the location where the photoshoot will take place. 

Mix and match patterns with solids but make sure not to overdo it and avoid loud and very busy patterns or black, a good rule of thumb is to wear 1 pattern for every 2 solids at the most. 

Males should wear colored slacks or dark wash jeans, little girls and infants should wear bloomers under dresses, and pick accessories that tie everything together.

Beach sessions are better if you are not wearing shoes, so if your session will take place at the beach keep this in mind.