With parents participating in a session I usually say pick what you feel comfortable in and then dress the kids to that! But I think most people choose the kids and then themselves because the kids are pickier or harder to find something for. Don't shortchange yourself, you deserve to look and feel your best too! Also, look for what the majority may already own so you don't have to add the stress of shopping for head to toe new outfits for everyone. Keep it simple!
Bottoms: Choose a neutral colored bottom - black, denim, khaki, gray, navy, brown.
Then decide will:
- everyone be the same - same color and same style - i.e. black pants on everyone.
- boys and girls be different - boys shorts/girls skirts.
- kids the same and parents different - kids shorts/parents pants
- the boys wear one color (khaki) and the girls wear another (brown)
Tops - Choose a rich somewhat neutral color. Good colors to think about would be navy, forest green, maroon, sometimes black, cream possibly, sometimes white.
Then decide will:
- everyone do the same color, one that is flattering on the whole group
- boys wear one color and girls wear another.
- parents wear one color and kids wear another.
- kids in one style (sweaters) and parents in another (button downs).
My reasoning for these suggestions is as follows - when you look at a photo your eyes are instinctively drawn to the lightest colored part of the photo. If your arm and leg skin is covered your faces become the lightest part of the picture and everyone will be drawn to look at them. The neutral clothing then also showcases every one's face and it becomes less about what you are wearing and more about seeing each person, their features, and your collective expression!
I hope this helps a few of you. Feel free to still ask questions if you have them and email me snapshots if you would like specific feedback.