Family Photos Styling: Stylish Alternatives To The Long Dress

Family Photos Styling: Stylish Alternatives to the Long Dress for Mums

I. Introduction: Breaking Out of the Norms for Your Family Photos Styling

We’ve all seen it—the long, flowy dress is a classic favourite, but it’s not for everyone! Whether it’s never been your style or you’re just looking for a change, let’s explore some fantastic alternatives for your family photo session. Family Photos Styling is all about finding the look that makes you feel confident and comfortable. But first, let’s discuss why photographers often recommend long, flowy dresses for family photos.

Why Long Dresses for Family Photos Styling?

Long dresses are a go-to for beautiful family photos! They flow in the wind, adding romance and texture to the images. They’re also practical, allowing you to dance with your kids or sit in the grass without worry. But what are the stylish alternatives that keep the charm?


II. 7 Alternative Options to Your Usual Flowy Dress

1. Kimonos

Kimonos are a great way to look feminine and chic while staying casual. Pair one with jeans (without holes), a fitted top, and high boots or clogs for a stunning look. The kimono will still blow in the wind, adding movement to your images without looking too girly.

I recommend kimonos from Kahani London. Designer Jo creates handmade pieces using recycled materials from India, making each item unique. Expect to spend around £300 for a piece, or rent one for your session for £35 plus delivery fees for three days.

Kimonos are a great way to switch up your Family Photos Styling into something more unique. Kahani robes are handmade and offers the best quality items. On this images you can see three different kimonos, a khaki with lace details, a floral one and a patterned one.

Check out Kahani London Kimono

2. Overalls and Jumpsuits

For a more casual look, overalls and jumpsuits are fantastic. Add stylish accessories like hats, jewellery, or a discreet hair bow or clip. Keep the flow with wavy, long hair and consider a flowy scarf or shawl for added movement.


3. Co-ord Skirt and Top or Trousers and Top

Co-ords are a great way to add uniqueness to your session. Whether it’s a coordinated skirt and top or trousers and top, these sets can elevate your style. Check out these inspirations:

4. Jeans and Blazer

For a casual yet chic look, pair jeans with a blazer and a detailed top or crop top. This combination is stylish and unique.

Photos by Rosie Pose

5. Shorts, High Boots, and Flowy Top

Show off your legs with shorts, high boots, and a flowy top. Add layers with a blazer or fringe jacket for extra movement.

6. Playsuit and Rompers

A flowy playsuit is perfect for a hot summer session. This Free People playsuit is playful, and the loose shape is forgiving. Pair it with cowgirl boots for a standout look.

7. Beach Outfits

If you love the beach, consider a two-piece or one-piece swimsuit with a transparent robe or kimono. These outfits are perfect for a hot summer sunset session.

III. Other Tips to Style Your Family Photoshoot

Add Layers

Layers add warmth and texture. A knitted cardigan like the Basile Cardigan from Sezane is a great option. Made of alpaca, it’s both stylish and durable.

Bring a Change of Clothes

Always bring a backup outfit. Accidents happen, and having an alternative ensures you’re prepared.

Be Comfortable

Wear your shoes beforehand to avoid blisters and choose clothes that fit well. You want to move freely and enjoy the moment without distractions.

Use Transparent or Slightly See-Through Fabrics

Flowy fabrics like lace, viscose, and silk add texture and look amazing when sunlight filters through, highlighting your silhouette.

Show Some Skin

Revealing a bit of skin can make photos more intimate. Consider a dress with a nude back, a slit skirt, a décolleté, or simply bare feet in the grass.

Unique Details on Clothes

While clothes shouldn’t overshadow the session, details like lace patterns add richness and texture to the images.

Accessorise Your Outfits

Accessories like jewellery, hats, scarves, and leather belts can enhance your look. I always ask about special jewellery during consultations, as capturing these details can add emotional meaning to the session.

Improve your Family Photos Styling by using hats like on these 3 images. A felt or raffia hat can add great style to your photos.

IV. Conclusion: Feeling Comfortable and Confident for Your Session

Feeling comfortable and confident is key for your family session. Avoid outfits that don’t feel like “you,” as this will reflect in your photos. If you need help with styling, I offer free styling consultations and access to a client closet. For more information about my sessions, visit my homepage.



If you’re after a candid, relaxed and intimate photography experience, you’ve come to the right place. 
My work focus on emotions, no stiff poses and forced smile; only gentle love and embraces. I offer a very hands-on experience, connecting over a video consultation with each family beforehand ; we explore their stories of love, loss and wins and turn it into a beautiful, meaningful session. Each family and session are unique and crafted with patience, love and understanding. 

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