What is one of the funnest aspects of booking in for a family portrait session?! Choosing your families outfits! Well for me, that is one of the parts I love every year when I take my family off to have our family portraits. However I know that for many of my clients it can seem a little overwhelming when choosing outfits for their family and especially for little boys.
When booking a family portrait session you are setting out to create keepsakes that you want to look back on for years to come. So you want your outfit choices to both reflect your families style, be timeless, and be something you love looking back on 5, 10 or even 20 years time.
So lets get creative, play stylist and choose outfits that both coordinate with your style and express who you are as a family.
When it comes to family photography outfits for boys, so many mum’s tell me there is just no choices out there for boys. I hear how girls outfits are so much more fun, versatile and adorable. As a mum of two boys myself, I know the difficulties, but I promise you there are heaps of choices out there, you just have to search a little harder and smarter and look past the tee-shirts and hoodies.
A photo shoot is the time to dress-it up a little, it is the excuse to dress your little boys to look like charming, handsome and adorable little men. Think collared shirts, clean neutrals and classic styles. Natural fabrics like linen and cotton photograph beautifully, and it is best to avoid graphics and logos altogether. Pass on the tee-shirts and look instead for button down shirts, and grandad collared tops.
Whilst little girls certainly have a huge variety of accessories to pair with their outfits there is no shortage for little boys – bowties, suspenders, newsboy hats are just the beginning. In winter there are scarves and peacoat, winter boots and woolly jumpers.
So put your stylist cap on and get creative with dressing your little boys!
If you want to read more general tips for what to wear for your family portraits, you can jump over to my earlier blog post here. Or if you are considering a newborn portrait session, I have some tips for what to wear here. And of course, I also have tips for what to wear for your maternity portraits as well.
Here are a few of my favourite online boutiques for shopping for my two boys:
Lila + Huxley – Lila + Huxley is a destination children’s emporium showcasing a carefully curated mix of leading Australian and International designer brands. Their shop front is located in Freshwater Village on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Lila + Huxley’s ethos is to find very, very cool apparel and accessories for parents who wish to dress their kids as extensions of themselves. They demand quality and ethical manufacturing from all the brands they work with. Lila + Huxley’s focus is on organic cottons, child friendly fabrics, boutique brands and ethically manufactured goods. https://www.lilaandhuxley.comP
Mabo Kids – Specializes in fine children’s clothing designed for little ones’ comfort and simple style. With quality, natural fabrics – cotton and linen for summer and cozy wools for winter, our clothing is characterized by classic, clean designs with contemporary and playful details. https://www.mabokids.comF
Just Jack – We believe being a young boy should be about climbing trees and scraping knees and knowing the right time to use the word please, welcome to the world of Just Jack. http://www.justjack.com.au/shorts/
Anchor and Fox – Anchor & Fox is a small children’s footwear boutique based in Melbourne, Australia. Our shoes are all designed by us in Australia with practicality and beauty in mind, with the lines taking inspiration from European style. https://www.anchorandfox.com.au
Sunny and Finn – The hip world of clothing and accessories. I design as a mother… albeit a bit all over the place, with my babes at the forefront of my mind. This has enabled me to construct (yes I have boys), practical products. https://www.sunnyandfinn.com/collections/boys
Jamie Kay – Each piece is designed from Jamie’s studio in New Zealand and carefully considered to ensure her designs are not just exquisite but our fibers and quality outstanding and perfect for your family and home. https://jamiekay.com
Mama Owl – Natural clothes, toys, shoes and baby things! Cotton, linen and lots of wool. This store stocks lots of beautiful labels for BOYS and girls. Mama Owl specialises in natural clothes, perfect for those concerned about toxins and for children with sensitive skin. Our products are beautiful and high quality. MamaOwl is owned by Danish mother Anna, and is based in the UK. https://mamaowl.netH
Beau Hudson – Beau Hudson is an Australian fashion label that has quickly achieved a global following through its aesthetic designs and engaging lifestyle social media content. Founded in 2013 as a creative outlet for Founder and Designer Sash Deacon, Beau Hudson is a fusion of classic and simplistic designs, contrasting with bold and on trend accents which brings a sense of timeless style, evident in every piece of clothing. The brand is synonymous with uncompromising quality and meticulous attention to detail to ensure that every Beau Hudson piece is comfortable, durable and empowers confidence to those who wear them. https://www.beauhudson.co
If you would like some more inspiration of what to dress your little boys in hop over to instagram and look at the adorable outfits OhMyCookies_ has her gorgeous little boys dressed it.