Of course, this is completely up to you, but if you are looking for suggestions I do suggest to stay away from busy, loud patterns and competing colors. Neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics are great! Think either dark solid grays, tans, browns or light creams and soft pastels. These are always easy to accent and style.
Beginning with the most difficult person to dress first, then plan the rest around this person. Remember, each individual's personality when pulling the outfits together.
Watch out for the little details that can be distracting in your photos, such as; bra straps showing, lint on black clothes, hair flyaways, red eyes, lipstick on teeth. I do my best to edit some of these little things out but some in some situations that is not always possible.
Less is more...when it comes to jewelry. Let the eyes be the bling in your photographs!
If location requires a bit of walking consider walking shoes if anyone plans to wear heels.
Iron your clothing. Wrinkles cannot be edited out. If someone plans to wear an undershirt. Make sure it's tight, no loose collars.
Plan your haircuts/colors about 4-6 days prior to your shoot.
WHAT TO BRING?
Props!! Props!! Props!! Bring along any small meaningful items you'd like to incorporate into your session.
Small tote for miscellaneous items.
Hairbrush/comb, hair spray, a few makeup essentials for touch-ups (chapstick/lipgloss), mirror, ponytail holder, etc.
Perhaps a blanket, in case you plan to get some fun sitting/laying shots. Make sure your blanket compliments your outfits.
Bring wet wipes.
Full bellies will make it a more enjoyable time, especially for those kiddos and dads! ;)
Get plenty of rest the night before and make sure you are hydrated. Sorry, no alcohol.
PLAN TO HAVE FUN!
Most importantly, relax and have fun! This day is about you and your family. A little bit of goofiness and giggling makes for the most precious photographs. Children can sense stress and anxiety (young and yes, your teenager). If they are pushing your buttons, let it row off your shoulder. I got your back and we will get those great shots!