What to Wear for Maui Family Portraits

We get asked all the time about what to wear for Maui family portraits on the beach. We strive to make your maui portrait experience easy and stress free and wardrobe choice is the one thing that causes our clients the most anxiety about a Maui family portrait!  There is no need to stress, we have put together a guide for you to make planning your clothing easy peasy!  Read our tips below to have  your family looking stylin' and stress free! 

basic rules for planning your wardrobe for a family portrait in Maui, HI

Wear something that you don't mind getting wet and if possible, doesn't show too much when you do get water on it. There are some fabrics and patterns that you can't tell if they are wet or dry, kind of cool! Of course it is no big deal if your clothes do look wet, you are on the beach after all! Also if you have small children, bring a change of clothes for the ride home and a towel. They can't resist the water!


1. You Will Get Wet 

2. What is the best location for our Maui Portraits?

There are many great locations on Maui! To start, take a look at our

  we have our most favorite spots for portrait photography listed there. You can also see tons of real portrait sessions at these locations on the blog here:


We can also meet you at your hotel, condo or vacation rental house (some hotels do not allow outside photographers, so check with us first). TIP: West Maui locations are near the resort area of Kaanapali. State laws dictate that we may not shoot on Kaanapali Beach, that is why it is not listed. South Maui is near the resort area of Wailea. We generally prefer South Maui as the beaches are larger and tend to be less crowded, but the West Maui beaches are just as scenic! 

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3. What do we wear!? 

First and foremost, wear something you feel good in! The better you feel the better your portraits will be! Second, matching aloha prints or totally matching in general is not advised, it looks dated and takes away from the individuality of each group member. Our goal is to bring out your individual personality as well as the feel for the family as a whole. It is tough to do that when everyone is wearing the same thing! Try to coordinate rather than match. Our favorite colors on the beach are blues, pinks and greens. Try a neutral base like khaki pants for the guys then throw in splashes of color with tops, dresses or jewelry on the ladies. Take a look at the blog for tips from our past clients.

We have a really helpful blog post about this, check it out by clicking here: 

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General Tips: 
Wear something comfortable that you can move in and if you are planning on being on the beach, something you don't mind getting a little ocean water and sand on! Avoid loud patterns and prints or large logos, these sometimes look strange in pictures (especially stripes) and logos will make your pictures look dated quicker as brands and trends change quickly. You can also see our pin boards with lots of examples!

4. Who will be taking our photos?

We assign a photographer to you based on availability. If you have a preference for a specific Maui photographer on our team we are happy to assign them if they are available. If they are not, we will notify you and you can decide if you want another team member.

5.How many pictures do you take during our Maui Photography Session?

There is no limit to the number of pictures we take during your photo session, this usually ends up being about 100-200 pictures per hour. The amount of pictures you will get in your final collection will depend on your package selection. 

6.How do we pay for our photography session?

We require a $50 deposit to reserve your date and the balance of your session less the $50 deposit will be due on location the day of the session, we accept credit cards and cash (exact change).  You can also pay for your portrait session in advance if you wish and financing is available through Paypal Credit.

7.How soon can we expect to see our pictures?!

A sneak peek on our blog with around 20 photos will be ready in about a week. Your full collection will be ready to view 3-4 weeks after your session. Turnaround time may be longer in peak times.

8. How do we get our High Resolution image files?

Once your photos have been edited, we upload them to a private proofing website that you can share with friends and family. You can download a zip file of ALL of your photos directly from that proofing website! No waiting for snail mail from Hawaii!  In addition to the digital download, we also offer a keepsake USB drive for $175 that is made of wood and custom printed with a photo from your portrait and presented in a wooden keepsake box with a photo on the top.  

9. What happens if it rains!?

Luckily this does not happen very often in the locations we usually work in. The first option would be to re-locate your shoot to an area of the island that is not raining. If your session gets rained out, we can try to re-schedule at no additional charge, if your session can not be re-scheduled your booking deposit will be refunded.

10. Do you provide any props for us?

Our beach portrait packages are designed to capture the natural interaction between you and your loved ones, a snapshot of your time together, so we don't bring props unless asked. However we almost always have a few beach toys for kids who need a little help staying in one place or warming up. If you have a prop request, please let us know and if we have it, we are happy to bring it. For those looking for a very styled shoot, we offer our Magic of Childhood Portraits where we help you develop a theme and coordinate any props or floral you may want for your shoot.

2. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR WHITE!

White is not always the most flattering color for family portraits. There are different shades of white, that often don't look different until you have them out in the bright light (sun or flash). When the whole group is in white, you can end up looking like one big white blob or a polo team about to take the field. If you do choose to wear white, try to mix it up in different styles with different bottom options or a splash of color.

Think COORDINATE rather than MATCH. When you decorate a room, you don't use the same color for everything, you choose pieces that work well together, while at the same time they all bring something different to the room. People are the same way, everyone has their own personality and style, your clothing for your portraits should show off the personality of the people in the photo. Rather than making everyone wear the same color, find a palette of colors that work well together and let each person express their individuality. This way each person has a say in what they are wearing and knows what to wear for family pictures that works well with the entire group. 


Everyone's clothing has their own look, but it all works well together, it just all blends! Think about colors and patterns that work with each other for a cohesive look. 

When more than one person is wearing a strong pattern, it is distracting to the eye. Instead of looking at your gorgeous faces, you are wondering which pattern is going to win the pattern battle. Try to keep it to only one strong pattern in any group. Notice in the photo below that only one person has a strong pattern (which is totally fine), you just don't want more than one person in a pattern. 


Below is the exception to the multiple pattern clothing rule for family portraits. If you have two different patterns within the same color palette, it can give your photos a fun eclectic look. Just remember to space the patterns between one solid color when posing. 

Teenagers typically aren't super excited to have family portraits taken. One way to make them dread it even more is to make them dress like you. Let them show off their personalities. As long as all the colors work well together let them be comfortable having their own style, it will make portraits much more enjoyable for all. 

Think COORDINATE rather than MATCH. When you decorate a room, you don't use the same color for everything, you choose pieces that work well together while at the same time they all bring something different to the room. People are the same way, everyone has their own personality and style and your clothing for your portraits should show off the personality of the people in the photo. So rather than making everyone wear the same color, find a palette of colors that all work well together and the let each person express their individuality. Here are some of my favorite examples of this:


Everyone's clothing has their own look, but it all works well together it just all blends! 

Notice in the photo below that only one person has a strong pattern (which is totally fine), you just don't want more than one person in a pattern. 


Below is the exception to the multiple pattern clothing rule for family portraits. If you have two different patterns within the same color palette, it can give your photos a fun eclectic look.

Another thing to be aware when planning what to wear for Maui family portraits is don't make your teens dress like you! As long as all the colors work well together let them be comfortable having their own style, it will make portraits much more enjoyable for all. 

Think COORDINATE rather than MATCH. When you decorate a room, you don't use the same color for everything, you choose pieces that work well together while at the same time they all bring something different to the room. People are the same way, everyone has their own personality and style and your clothing for your portraits should show off the personality of the people in the photo. So rather than making everyone wear the same color, find a palette of colors that all work well together and the let each person express their individuality. Here are some of my favorite examples of this:


Everyone's clothing has their own look, but it all works well together it just all blends! 

Notice in the photo below that only one person has a strong pattern (which is totally fine), you just don't want more than one person in a pattern. 


Below is the exception to the multiple pattern clothing rule for family portraits. If you have two different patterns within the same color palette, it can give your photos a fun eclectic look.

Another thing to be aware when planning what to wear for Maui family portraits is don't make your teens dress like you! As long as all the colors work well together let them be comfortable having their own style, it will make portraits much more enjoyable for all. 

3. YOU DON"T ALL HAVE TO WEAR THE SAME COLOR think COORDINATE rather than MATCH. When you decorate a room, you don't use the same color for everything, you choose pieces that work well together while at the same time they all bring something different to the room. People are the same way, everyone has their own personality and style and your clothing for your portraits should show off the personality of the people in the photo. So rather than making everyone wear the same color, find a palette of colors that all work well together and the let each person express their individuality. Here are some of my favorite examples of this:

4. Who will be taking our photos?

We assign a photographer to you based on availability. If you have a preference for a specific Maui photographer on our team we are happy to assign them if they are available. If they are not, we will notify you and you can decide if you want another team member.

5.How many pictures do you take during our Maui Photography Session?

There is no limit to the number of pictures we take during your photo session, this usually ends up being about 100-200 pictures per hour. The amount of pictures you will get in your final collection will depend on your package selection. 

6.How do we pay for our photography session?

We require a $50 deposit to reserve your date and the balance of your session less the $50 deposit will be due on location the day of the session, we accept credit cards and cash (exact change).  You can also pay for your portrait session in advance if you wish and financing is available through Paypal Credit.

7.How soon can we expect to see our pictures?!

A sneak peek on our blog with around 20 photos will be ready in about a week. Your full collection will be ready to view 3-4 weeks after your session. Turnaround time may be longer in peak times.

8. How do we get our High Resolution image files?

Once your photos have been edited, we upload them to a private proofing website that you can share with friends and family. You can download a zip file of ALL of your photos directly from that proofing website! No waiting for snail mail from Hawaii!  In addition to the digital download, we also offer a keepsake USB drive for $175 that is made of wood and custom printed with a photo from your portrait and presented in a wooden keepsake box with a photo on the top.  

9. What happens if it rains!?

Luckily this does not happen very often in the locations we usually work in. The first option would be to re-locate your shoot to an area of the island that is not raining. If your session gets rained out, we can try to re-schedule at no additional charge, if your session can not be re-scheduled your booking deposit will be refunded.

10. Do you provide any props for us?

Our beach portrait packages are designed to capture the natural interaction between you and your loved ones, a snapshot of your time together, so we don't bring props unless asked. However we almost always have a few beach toys for kids who need a little help staying in one place or warming up. If you have a prop request, please let us know and if we have it, we are happy to bring it. For those looking for a very styled shoot, we offer our Magic of Childhood Portraits where we help you develop a theme and coordinate any props or floral you may want for your shoot.

3. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR THE SAME COLOR 

4. Avoid multiple strong patterns 

5.don't make your teens dress like you 

1. AVOID CLOTHING WITH LARGE LOGOS it distracts the eye from the important things (like your face) and can lead to image looking dated too soon.

2. A NOTE ABOUT SHORT SHORTS AND JUMPERS IF YOU ARE OVER 8 YEARS OLD. They usually don't work well for portrait sessions as they can be tough to do sitting poses (most people's thighs look considerably larger when sitting and super short shorts only emphasize this). Jumpers look cute in person but not so cute in photos as they tend to bend weird and cause the illusion of a front butt or even worse, a certain humped animal's toes. 

3. ABOVE ALL ELSE Please Please Please wear something everyone feels good in! We want you to look in the mirror and say, "Yeah I am looking good today!" Don't sacrifice how you feel in the clothes for the sake of coordinating with your family, MOMS I am talking to you!! You choose your clothing first, then help the rest of the group work around you.

We know that planning what to wear for Maui family portraits isn't always easy from thousands of miles away. We hope this guide helps, we want you to LOVE your portraits and having a well put together wardrobe will help you love them even more!! 

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Are you thinking of having Maui family portraits taken while on vacation in Maui, Hawaii? Look no farther than Karma Hill Photography to commemorate you annual family vacation in photos. Our team of professionally trained Maui family photographers will create some of the most amazing family portraits of your beautiful family.  With tons of portrait packages to accommodate just what you are looking for and 24 hour online booking, we make it easy and convenient to work with our company. 

Find more information about planning your family portrait session in Maui, Hawaii on our page: Top 10 Portrait Planning Tips to answer many of your Maui specific portrait questions all in one location. 

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