Memories fade out with time, and no matter how much we try to keep them, other events come and displace older memories, and that is why we are so grateful for photographs.
Family photos are especially important to us because they help us relive moments that mean so much to us, and that is why so much effort is put into making sure that these come out perfect. One of such efforts is choosing the perfect scenery.
Are you taking your family shots on a beach? Do you wonder how best to dress for the occasion? Here’s a guide for every member of the family.
1. Shirts and shorts
It’s a beach, the atmosphere is already relaxed and surreal, and so your outfit should be relaxed too. Shirts and shorts are an ideal outfit for a beach photograph. It’s easy and playful, and you can never go wrong with it. When conflicted about a color to choose from, here are a few suggestions too. You could go all white or let nature be your guide. Blue for the ocean, tan for sand, or yellow for the sun. Whichever pattern you pick from, let it flow with the ocean and allow it to brighten your photos.
2. Beach top and shorts
A typical beach shirt is flowery or has playful colors, and it is ideal for a family photo. Here’s a pattern that always works – let all the men wear flowery shirts on shorts while the women wear something different. This will give the photo a distinct and beautiful contrast adding to the beautiful environment to give the family the absolute best family photograph. With this outfit, there wouldn’t be any need to worry about shoes, common! It’s a beach, so let nature caress you.
3. Traditional Hawaiian outfits
Hawaii is an incredibly beautiful state surrounded by the ocean and an amazing landscape. The people, their traditions, and their attire are all gorgeous. What better way to achieve the most beautiful beach-themed family photo than to imitate the people who practically live on the beach? The father can dress as the Hawaiian chief, while the mum dresses as his Queen.
4. Shirt and denim pants
While this could be your regular everyday outfit, it would also work for a beach family photo shoot. All you need to do is a minor adjustment here and there, and voila! We have a picture-perfect outfit. First, it should be a buttoned t-shirt. Leave all the buttons undone, or maybe button the last 2 or 3 buttons; we want to see those abs you’ve been working on😉. Roll up the sleeves to an inch above your elbows. Tuck in one side of the shirt and let the other side hang loose. You could also do something extra by rolling up your denim pants to about 2 inches above your ankle, and you’ll be good to go.
5. Suit and trousers
Absolutely no one wears a suit and trousers to the beach, so before you take our heads off, hear us out. This is an option for when you want to recreate special moments in your lives. For instance, if you would like to recreate your proposal for your wife, this is a better way to do it. The photographer should have a beach restaurant theme, while you slay in your suit and trousers, go down on one knee and propose to that beautiful woman again.
1. Maxi gown
The river flows, the air blows, the sand flows too in beautiful patterns, and so should your gown. It’s a beach; it’s without constraints, without boundaries or borders, so let your outfit have the same energy. A long maxi flowy dress is the absolute favorite for a beach-themed family photo. It gives room for a lot of playful poses. With a flowy maxi dress, body shape or size doesn’t matter as it would fit perfectly on anybody. Also, this would be a great idea if you’re pregnant with a child but want to keep it private until the baby arrives.
2. Bathing suit
While this might not be suitable for an extended family photo, it is perfect if it’s just a husband and wife or even a family photo consisting of just siblings. Either way, a bathing suit is a good idea for a beach-themed photo. A bathing suit can be styled in different ways to make it more suitable for the photo shoot and also to add more color. You can add a kimono, a sheer skirt or gown, shorts, or a hat to change your style.
3. Mini dress
Perhaps a maxi dress isn’t your style; this would definitely work. A mini dress is breezy, playful, and simply beautiful. It is also suitable for all and any type of family photo shoot. It could be a free-flowing gown or a form-fitting dress; whichever you choose would be great for the beach photos. The dress color could be inspired by your surroundings or inspired by the love you all share as a family. Whatever you decide, we are sure you will look amazing.
4. Sheer gown
A sheer gown covers up more than a bathing suit. Yes, it is transparent, but if you look at it critically, is it all that transparent 🤔🤔? Anyways, a sheer gown would work for a beach-themed family photo shoot because it gives off a chic, classy look when paired with a nice raffia hat, luxurious jewelry, and gorgeous makeup. A sheer gown, straight up, makes you feel like Coco Chanel. With all that confidence and poise it brings to the photo shoot, we are sure you would have a photograph you would be proud to show to everybody.
5. Blouse and trousers
This is more for Grandma. While we are busy making mum look like a million dollars queen, we should forget about Grandma. Grandma might not be willing to try some of the options we have, but she is the most important person in the family, and she mustn’t be left out. A simple blouse or shirt with a nice pair of trousers would work well for her. A white, blue, tan, or a combination of three colors would make grandma stand out in the photo, lighting up the whole photo with her love and pretty smile 🙂
For the kids
1. Shirt and shorts
Children are an absolute delight, and they bring so much joy to the family. These little joy givers are blessed with the gift of looking good in any outfit. Any outfit at all. Shirts and shorts would work for both boys and girls. Boys could match color with Daddy, while girls with Mummy. In a case where there’s only one gender or one child, they could match colors with their favorite parent. Lol! This could bring about a healthy competition between the parents, and we are here for it. All we really want at the end of the day is a beautiful beach-themed family photo.
2. Off-shoulder gown and hair accessories
This one is solely for the girls. Girls between the age of 2-8 years – anything older, and she’s a young lady and should be allowed to pick her own dress. Off-shoulder dresses weren’t made for adults alone; children too can wear them, and they wear them better. A yellow sunset dress or a flowery patterned dress paired with beautiful matching hair accessories would look great on little Ella. And since Ella is still a baby, her whole ensemble should be finished off with beautiful matching sandals.
3. Shirt and long pants
This one would work for older kids. You know Mark is ten years old and would have the “big boy” persona in his shirt and long pants, matching with Daddy, feeling like he can take on fatherly responsibilities 🤣. It is a good choice for the big sister too. In fact, this look would work for all members of the family as long as you pick the perfect color. Another thing to consider would be the time of the photo shoot and the weather. In winter, a sweater vest and wool caps should be included.
4. An overall (onesie)
For babies that are a few months old to about one year. This suits all genders. Just fit your baby in a beautiful onesie which could be cotton fabric and styled with various accessories such as flowers, hats, and sunglasses. You could also wrap them in swaddling cloth and just present them in the photo like the gift they truly are.
You might wonder, isn’t this the same as a onesie? No, ma’am, it is not! Swimsuits come in various styles, unlike onesies. A swimsuit is already styled, and all that is needed is a pair of sunglasses to protect those beautiful tender eyes, and you’ll have a picture-perfect day.
Kudos for choosing a theme for your family photo shoot. While planning a family photo shoot can be stressful, we hope that this article at least takes away your worries about “what to wear for the photo shoot.”
We took the time and pains to search all corners of the earth to bring you these options; we are sure you would find a few of our suggestions useful, and as you make such beautiful memories, may the love you all share for each other last forever.