How to Dress For a Group Photo Shoot Without Breaking the Bank

April 16, 2018 0 Comments

How to Dress For a Group Photo Shoot Without Breaking the Bank-Plymouth Cards

Updated: July 11, 2022

Over the years, in all of our family photo shoots we all wore the same 'uniform'. White shirts and jeans was the outfit of choice since everyone owns these two closet essentials. However, when my oldest son was getting ready to graduate from high school we had planned another family photo shoot, I decided that I wanted to do something different with a pop of color. But I didn't quite know how to go about bringing in color without making us look like a bag of Skittles! Eventually, we were able to find a winning combination of outfits for our photoshoot. If you want to find out how we coordinated outfits for our family of five while only buying two (that's right, TWO) articles of clothing between all five of us then keep reading!

First we went through my closet to find our 'inspiration piece'. I had a shirt with shades of melons, grays, pinks and yellows. This gave us a lot of options to work with when trying to find coordinating items. From there we went through everyone else's clothes to find what would coordinate well, without being matchy-matchy or a hot mess. However, the struggle was real. My older son Luke only wears plain shorts but my younger son Jared only wears plaid shorts... not necessarily a picture perfect combination, but we were determined to make everyone happy with their outfit and have it be something they could wear again. Plus, my personal belief is that the better you feel in your clothes the better the photos will come out!

My daughter, Beni, found a peach and melon toned ombré shirt that coordinated with mine perfectly at Kohl's, which she paired with a pair of jeans. We found that Luke had a pair of ember shorts that matched the bottom tones of Beni's ombré shirt and a white and gray striped shirt to match, score! Next, Jared had a solid white shirt but no shorts that would work. After another quick trip to Kohl's, we found gray shorts to help tie in Luke's shirt with a *subtle* pattern on them that would make Jared happy, but not be too noticeable in the photos. Lastly, for my husband Vinny we found he had a light peach button down shirt that would match the lighter color Beni and I had in our shirts and a pair of black shorts, perfection!

I can't tell you how happy I am with the finished results. And the photos came out amazing! It's been almost nine years now and I still love them!

-Lisa @

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