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Stylish and Trendy: What to Wear for Your Family Photo Shoot in Vancouver

Your family photo shoot is a chance to capture your family's unique spirit and style, especially against the stunning backdrop of Vancouver - or even at an indoor studio in the city. Choosing what to wear is a big part of making sure those pictures look timeless and feel special.

Mountains and ocean on Vancouver Island family photos - Meliza Orellana Photography

What to wear for a family photo shoot in Vancouver

Are you planning a family photo shoot in Metro Vancouver? Are you vacationing in Vancouver and have no idea what to expect? Well, there's one thing you can count on in this beautiful city - the weather will be unpredictable. Rain, sun, wind, or all three, you never know what the day will bring. But don't let the weather put a damper on your styling game. With some strategic planning, you and your family can look fabulous and stay comfortable, rain or shine.

In this post, I'll share some handy tips and ideas on what to wear for a family photo shoot in Vancouver - with the unpredictable weather and all! From layering to classic pieces to embracing rain gear, I've got you covered. So grab a cup of coffee, and let's dive in!

Build your outfits around one person

mother and sons dancing in Langley studio with Meliza Orellana Photography

First, start with one person's outfit. Is there one person whose outfit must be worn? Like mom, for example. There's a dress she feels fabulous in and wants to wear it. Or, there's this adorable outfit that your kiddo has and you just can't give up the idea of them wearing it. Either way, pick ONE outfit and base the rest of the outfits around it.

Seasonal Attire Tips for Vancouver's Weather

To beat the unpredictable weather in Vancouver, layering is key in the Spring and Fall. Not only will layering protect you from sudden rain or wind but it also provides you with the option to remove layers when the sun comes out. Start with a base layer of breathable fabric such as cotton or linen, which will keep you cool in case the temperature rises. Add a mid-layer like a cardigan or light sweater that can easily be tied around your waist. Finally, top with a jacket or coat that is water-resistant or windproof. This way, you can easily adapt to any weather changes while keeping your style game strong!

Layering for the Perfect Autumn Family Portrait in the Lower Mainland

While layering is essential when dressing for Vancouver’s unpredictable weather, it won’t hurt to include some rain gear in your outfit choices. If your photo shoot is in April - June or Sept - October, don’t let a sudden downpour ruin your family photo session! Instead, embrace stylish rain gear that will not only keep you dry but also make a fashion statement. Invest in a raincoat that is both functional and fashionable. You can opt for a classic trench coat or a trendy parka (for those cozy Fall family photo shoots) that is both waterproof and wind-resistant.

Don’t forget to bring an umbrella along as well! A clear bubble umbrella not only keeps you dry but also allows for great photo opportunities. Embracing rain gear just adds a layer of protection, so you can still look great for your family photo session. That being said, on questionable weather days I always pack my clear umbrellas for clients to use.

The Perfect Outfit Combinations for Every Family Member

Now that you’ve got the layering and rain gear covered, it’s time to choose classic pieces for your family’s photo session. Classic pieces never go out of style, and they look great in any setting. Think neutral colors, like navy, beige, and cream, which will look timeless and will complement the natural surroundings. Avoid neon, graphic t-shirts and baseball caps that will take away from the focus of the photo – your family. Stick to basic pieces like a tailored blazer, and slacks, crisp white shirt, or a simple dress. By choosing classic and timeless pieces, you’ll create a cohesive look that will stand the test of time.

Striking the right balance between matching and personal style can be tricky. Here's how to coordinate your family's outfits without everyone looking identical.

Coordinating without matching: a modern take on family outfits

Gone are the days of matchy-matchy family outfits. Instead, choose a colour scheme and allow each family member to express themselves within that palette.

Incorporate textures in your wardrobe

Ready to take your classic pieces up a notch? Incorporate textures to add depth and dimension to your clothes, ensuring your family looks their best for the photoshoot. Textures can be anything from knitwear, denim, leather, silk, or lace. Experiment with different fabrics to create a visually appealing outfit, which will look great in the pictures. Since neutral colors work best during the photoshoot, choose textured clothes in black, navy, white, or beige for a timeless look.

Adding textures to your clothes is an excellent way to incorporate your personality into the outfit without making it too loud or overbearing. For example, if you love wearing denim, opt for a denim jacket that can be layered over a simple tee or a dress. Similarly, you can wear a lace skirt with a basic blouse for a feminine touch. When mixing textures, make sure you create a balance, so one texture does not overwhelm the other.

Where to Shop for Your Photo Shoot Wardrobe in Vancouver

When you're looking to shop for your family photo shoot wardrobe in Vancouver, you've got a variety of unique and stylish options that can cater to different looks and occasions. For a blend of modern and timeless pieces, you might want to explore Zara, which offers a variety of apparel that could suit a casual yet polished look for your shoot​​.

If you're aiming for a more elegant and artistic vibe, One of a Few in Gastown provides a selection of clothing, footwear, and accessories that are as much art as apparel. This shop could offer you some distinctive pieces that will stand out in your family portraits​​.

For those who prefer a sustainable and vegan option, Small Lot offers simple, elegant, and functional footwear that could complement your chosen outfits, ensuring that everyone looks coordinated from head to toe​​.

Granville Island Public Market is an excellent destination for one-of-a-kind finds, from studio-blown glass to locally crafted clothing. It's a perfect spot for adding unique touches to your photo shoot attire​​.

Vintage enthusiasts might find their perfect ensemble at Bohemia Gallery or Mintage Mall, where a treasure trove of retro-chic and vintage garments awaits. These shops offer a selection of pieces from various decades, ideal for creating a timeless look​​.

And for those seeking a more mainstream shopping experience, Nordstrom and Old Navy offer a wide range of clothing that could be suitable for a more family photo shoot​​.

Each of these venues provides a distinct shopping experience and a variety of styles that can help create the perfect look for your family's photo shoot in Vancouver.

Accessorize Wisely

Accessories can add a pop of personality to your photos. From hats that play off Vancouver's trendy scene to rain boots for puddle-jumping fun, choose accessories that are both stylish and tell a story.

Practical accessories for metro vancouver

While you want to look stylish, comfort and practicality can't be overlooked in Vancouver's dynamic climate. Here are some accessory ideas that are both practical and photograph well:

  1. Hats (stylish ones!)

  2. Necklace

  3. Earrings

  4. Rings

  5. Bowtie

  6. Belt

  7. Headband

How about a checklist that has it all in one place for you?

There are a number of other considerations when choosing what to wear to your next family photo session including accessories, prints and patterns. Here's a quick-tip checklist you can use when you're shopping online or browsing the mall →

Book Your Vancouver Family Photo Shoot Today

With the right outfits, your family photos will be as stunning as the city itself! Planning your wardrobe is a big job and I'm happy to help. Get in touch at and I'll help you plan your outfits for your next family photo session with me.

Have more questions about booking your family photo shoot? Let's chat. I'll answer all of your questions. Reach out!


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