mixing up the pieces
If you have multiple children, don’t feel like you need to put them all in the same type of outfit (in fact, I recommend not doing it at all!). For example, one of your daughters could wear a dress and flats, while the other wears a skirt and boots. One of your sons could wear a bowtie, while the other one wears suspenders or a fun hat. Mixing up the wardrobe pieces will bring much more visual interest to the photos.
If you choose a bolder color palette (the family above was celebrating the Fourth of July together!), make extra sure everyone in the group is unique. Patterns, colored bottoms + dresses are great ways to break up colors. Note that not everybody needs to wear jeans - in fact, it definitely kicks it up a notch if family members have something besides jeans. Remember: this is your time to shine and show your best side!
Have fun with patterns
(Disclaimer: patterns work in small doses...) Patterns are a fun and easy way to up your portrait game! Even different patterns can coordinate well together, as long as the colors are similar. With a larger group, putting a few patterns in between help liven up the look and increase visual interest.
If you prefer a simple, classic look, stick with neutrals. That doesn't mean wear all white on top, though! (Hint: creams photograph better than bright whites.) Stay with the same color palette, like creams, golds + camels. Keep it interesting with different textures and add a scarf, vest or hat to help break up the colors more.