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3 Outfit Ideas For Your Holiday Photos {Advice from a Photographer}

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Hey everyone! Jen here of Jen CYK Photography! Growing up, holiday cards would come in the mail for my parents with hand written notes. A few of the over ambitious folks would include their yearly newsletter, but most kept it pretty simple. Then one year the trend shifted, and pictures began to come with the cards! Nowadays, it’s not just a snapshot from your point and shoot camera — professional pictures are actually the go-to for most families! (You might be able to guess that I like this trend.)

One of the most common questions I get is “What should we wear?!” So today, I’m here to share Three Outfit Options for Your Holiday Photos that photograph well and make you & your family look and feel your best!




I absolutely adore a bright pop of color. Dad, kids, keep them in basic colors like grey, black, cream. Then have Mom stand out with a bright punch of color. Coral, yellow, red, etc. Whatever that color is that makes you smile, go with it. Wear it in the form of a sweater, a dress, or even just a statement necklace. Pops of color really make one special person stand out. Who’s that going to be?



As much as I adore vibrant colors, having everyone in neutral colors never fails to create some of the softest pictures. I always suggest cream, as I think it photographs much softer than white. Consider putting everyone in soft creams, pinks, peach, or go a more formal route with black or navy. You’ll love the result!





This is an especially great option when you have a large group. Give everyone three colors to pick from. One of my favorite schemes is coral, mint and navy. Everyone should have at least one piece of clothing with one of those colors. What I love about this is that everyone is coordinated, but not matchy matchy. It inevitably creates a flawless flow in pictures.


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Ultimately, there aren’t any rules. Yes, some colors or patterns photograph better than others. But in the end, we’re looking at the emotions and connections in your pictures, not your clothes.

And if you’re still scouring your brain trying to figure out what to wear, check out my Pinterest board filled with lots of real life examples of how these ideas look when put into action!

Most importantly, take the time to have fun together for your holiday photos. Hug, laugh, smile, kiss. Enjoy these people that you adore, and you’re bound to get the BEST pictures you’ve ever taken!


All photos by Jen CYK Photography


By |2017-01-03T14:09:59-07:00October 13th, 2014|Christmas, In the Spotlight|

About the Author:

JEN HRYCYK of Jen CYK Photography® is a lover of all things happy, beautiful, positive, and inspirational. She has a genuine passion for visual beauty in every aspect of life, and loves to create inspiration through pictures, crafts, and everyday moments. Her love for photography stems from a lifetime of being ”the picture taker” of the group. Looking at her closet shelves, you’ll find dozens of albums that document Jen’s life since childhood. It was when she began to look at pictures as art that she found her voice. Her appreciation for photography as a visual expression of life is what inspires her to create beautiful things.

Jen CYK Photography®, her lifestyle photography studio, combines her enthusiasm for stunning images with her natural talent of connecting with people. As a Communications graduate from California State University of Long Beach, Jen is able to capture raw and genuine emotions in each person she works with. She loves sharing creative ideas as well as ways to make everyday moments shine a little brighter. She resides in Orange County, CA with her husband James, and favorite basset hound pup, Rampage. Jen smiles every day while doing what she loves. She’s blessed to have awesome clients who trust her to document both simple and amazing moments in their lives, again and again.


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  2. va October 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I’m nedding that gorgeous white dress with pops of colors and tassels/fringe in the family photo with “pop of color”. Could you please tell me what brand it is, where to buy it, anything?!!!

  3. @Event_Passion October 14, 2014 at 6:15 am

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