December 21, 2021

Chattanooga Family Photographer | What to Wear for Elegant Christmas Tree Farm Photos

Education, Families, Mini Sessions

Can you dress up for Christmas tree farm photos?


Yes! There is definitely a way to dress up your Christmas tree farm photos without going overboard or looking "too dressed up" in such a natural setting. I recently had 2 families who dressed up for their Christmas tree farm mini sessions and I think they did a wonderful job of combining their elegant outfits with the natural beauty of the tree farm. Scroll on for 5 tips on what to wear for elegant Christmas tree farm photos. Plus an extra bonus tip at the end!

family of 3 hold hands among christmas trees at christmas tree farm mini session in chattanooga, TN
mom and dad dressed in christmas finest holding hands of young son and daughter for christmas tree farm minis

Tips #1, #2, & #3 - Maxi Length, dark colors, and Sweaters Over Collared Shirts


There were 3 things that both of these families did that made their outfits more elegant and those are our first 3 tips. Both mamas chose to wear a skirt and a dress that were maxi length. It is a silhouette that typically lends itself to a more elegant look. The same is true for dark colors, which also tend to be associated with nicer outfits. I love the dark greens, berries, and blues that these families chose for their photos. Finally, the layering of sweaters over collared shirts is a classic dress-up move for cool weather. If you want to up the ante, you can do like the littlest man and wear a bowtie with your sweater and collared shirt combo.

Mother and son hold hands and look at each other in row of christmas trees for mini session in Chattanooga, TN
father and mother hold young son and daughter in their arms for christmas tree farm mini session in chattanooga

Tip #4 - Choice of fabrics


It's true! Some fabrics look (and photograph) more elegantly than others. Think silk, chiffon, satin, velvet, taffeta, etc. These families did a great job matching and blending different elegant fabric choices to create an overall look that works for elegant Christmas tree farm photos. Even the family that chose to wear denim did so in a way that elevates it from just a pair of jeans to a nice basic to show off the rest of their outfits. The fabrics you choose are just as important as the fabrics you don't choose. Something you don't see in any of these outfits is flannel. Don't get me wrong, I love a good flannel and there are ways to elevate flannel but in general, it just doesn't give off an elegant vibe.

close up of 2-year-old standing in front of and holding hands with his mother for christmas family photos
man and woman in plaid, velvet, and satin hold hands for elegant christmas tree farm photo
sister hugs little brother on antique sled for christmas tree farm mini session in Chattanooga, TN

Tip #5 - Accessories


What you choose to accent your outfit with can make a huge difference. I love that this family selected the navy bowtie and that the dad had a little fun with his blue suede shoes to match his velvet, navy blazer. Their little girl also tied things together with her green, velvet hair bow. All together this family did a wonderful job at creating elegant outfits that looked beautiful against the tree farm's natural beauty.


Bonus tip below!

4-year-old girl smiles on antique sled wearing a star tulle and red sweater dress for christmas tree farm mini session

Do you have any tips?


You don't have to dress in flannel or look like a lumberjack to look good for photos at a Christmas tree farm. It is definitely possible to keep things classy without looking dressed down and following these tips will help you achieve an elegant look for Christmas tree farm photos. Do you have a tip to add? I love to hear it! Message me and let me know!


Bonus Tip!


Ok, ready for that bonus tip? I asked one of the mothers where she got her little girl's dress and she sent me the link! So if you loved this red sweater and star tulle dress as much as I did, then your girl, my girl, and this cutie girl can match together!

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See full galleries from these 2 Christmas tree farm mini sessions!


I've included the full galleries that I delivered to these families for their Christmas tree farm mini session so you can see more of their outfits as well as the variety you can expect with a mini session from Christian Michelle Photography. These sessions included 5 images but both families opted to purchase their full galleries because they loved them all and couldn't pick just 5! Be sure to sign up for my email list or check back often to see when minis are booking!

close up of mother and father holding son's hand for elegant christmas tree farm photos
young son turns and looks back at camera while walking away holding hands with mom and dad
young son turns and looks back at camera while walking away holding hands with mom and dad
mother and father hold hands with young son and walk through trees at christmas tree farm mini session
mother and father hold hands with young son and walk through trees at christmas tree farm mini session
mother and father hold hands with young son and walk through trees at christmas tree farm mini session
mother and father hold hands with young son and walk through trees at christmas tree farm mini session
mother and father kneel with young son for christmas tree farm family photos
mother and father kiss cheeks of young son for family photos in chattanooga, TN
mother and father kiss cheeks of young son for family photos in chattanooga, TN
father and mother kneel while mother kisses son for christmas mini session
young son hugs dad's leg near christmas trees for chattanooga mini session
mother holds young son near christmas trees for family photos at mini session
young son hugs dad's leg near christmas trees for chattanooga mini session
mother holds young son while he kisses her cheek near christmas trees for family photos at mini session