Deciding what to wear for your spring family photo shoot can be just as challenging as finding the right photographer. Most of you are planning to hang your favourite images on your walls and cherish them for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn’t need to be.
Generally think in terms of running colour themes, not matching outfits. Whatever you choose, remember clothing should be comfortable, make everyone feel confident and reflect your personality. Every photo shoot will run smoothly and be fun when you feel good in your clothes!
Whether you are looking for spring or summer family photo outfits or beach family picture outfits use these tips to help you pick out the perfect outfits for you and your family.
TIP #1: IN THE SPRING, STICK WITH LIGHTER COLORS + NEUTRALS FOR MOST OF THE FAMILY.
Spring is the season of a lush green landscape and colourful flowers. To let the backdrop shine and not overwhelm your images with color I recommend to go for muted tones. Pastels and neutrals complement spring greens best. If you are in a park, a forest or a field….think light!
TIP #2: FLOWY STYLES LOOK GREAT ON MOMS.
Movement of fabric looks always amazing in images. Maxi style dresses, floaty blouses, a skirt and tank, wide legged linen trousers all bring a flowing element. Find something that you feel comfortable and confident in!
Should you ever feel unsure about what to wear, don’t hesitate to send me some selfies of you with your chosen outfit(s).
TIP #3: LONG HAIR LOOKS GREAT DOWN.
If you have long hair, let it flow! Messy, flowing hair brings movement to photographs and is ideal for a spring family photos. I absolutely ADORE wind in hair. But, if the blowing hair bothers you, secure it back with a pony or braid! With the active and relaxed style of my family sessions, constantly adjusting hair often proves difficult.
TIP #4: Dresses, overalls and rompers for kids
Cute dresses, overalls and rompers are always a great choice for kids. They are classic, photograph well, and best of all, rarely have any wardrobe malfunctions. One piece outfits means less to coordinate and less to fidget with during your session! Win, win.
For a greater variety of images you may want to bring a change of outfit for your kids. Maybe their favourite summer dress or a skirt with a pattern. As long as there are not multiple patterned clothes used for a family picture, you are fine. For single portraits you can go wild and dress your child in any colour and pattern you like or keep it simple if you prefer!
Hair accessories for your girl(s) always add a personal touch to your images.
Do you have children under the age of one? Bring along your favourite blanket! Just make sure that goes well with the child’s outfit in order to avoid colour clashing.
TIP #5: DAD STYLE FOR SPRING FAMILY PHOTOS
Dads often stress about what to wear. My suggestion: Simple and comfortable is best. You can never go wrong with your favourite pair of jeans or chinos with a simple t-shirt in a neutral tone or a short/ long-sleeve shirt. Most important, make sure it’s something you’re comfortable moving around in and you won’t worry about your kids’ feet dirtying it. I am going to ask you to run, throw your kid, put him/her on your shoulders, and sit on the ground!
TIP #6: ONE COLOUR SPOT
So everyone has chosen their neutral coloured outfit and they are all nicely in harmony with each other, but you really would like to wear a brighter coloured piece. No worries, it will look good as long as only ONE person wears a strong coloured outfit. In the example below my client chose an orange jumper, which looks great together with the neutral brown and blue colours the rest of the family chose.
TIP #7: ACCESSORIES COMPLETE A SPRING FAMILY PHOTO OUTFIT.
Once you’ve decided on your main outfits, don’t forget the accessories! A wide brim hat, bracelets and necklaces, hair accessories for the kids, your favourite blanket to sit on for some family portraits…they all bring a personal touch to your photographs.
Do you have any questions or need advice? Please don’t feel like you’re bothering me with any questions. Email me, text me, send me some pictures! I’d love to help you get everything together and start being excited about your upcoming spring family photo shoot with me!
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