It may only be January, but my diary is already filling up for Spring family photo shoots. Spring is one of my favourite times of the year for outdoor photographs – the blossom, daffodils and magnolia make a beautiful backdrop, and the weather makes being outside enjoyable again.
Whenever a family books a shoot, one of their top questions is always what everyone should wear, and what I suggest or recommend always varies with the environment. With that in mind here are my tips for dressing your family for their springtime photos.
The basics still apply
Regardless of the season the basics of dressing for a photo shoot still apply, and I wrote about these in my post on what to wear for an outdoor family photo shoot. In summary, the basic principles are:
- Dress for your environment
- Dress everyone for the same weather and occasion
- Choose a colour scheme to build everyone’s outfits around
- Embrace layers and textures
- Avoid pictures and slogans on clothing
- Make sure your children’s clothes fit well
Read the full post here: What to Wear for an Outdoor Family Photography Session.
Choosing a spring time colour palette
Perhaps the most challenging part of choosing every family member’s outfits is the colours. I recommend choosing a maximum of 3-4 complementary colours to base everyone’s outfits on. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to wear every colour – the aim is for the whole family’s outfits to complement each other, but not match.
In the Spring I find that a soft, light colour palette works best – softer colours will compliment the light colours of spring flowers, but won’t be too overpowering. Here are some examples of how you could coordinate soft and light colours together for your family:
Colours to avoid in family photos
During the spring and summer I recommend avoiding bold colours, and black. If you think about the soft colour palette that mother nature provides in the Spring, bright, bold colours and black will overpower that softness and mean that we see clothes before people. Avoid bold colours, black and neon for a more cohesive look
More photoshoot outfit ideas
I always think it’s helpful to see real-life examples of what works when you’re deciding what to wear. Here are some great examples of how my clients coordinated their family’s outfits last spring.
And finally, you can find more outfit inspiration over on my ‘What to Wear’ Pinterest board:
Over to you
What other questions do you have about booking a Spring time photo shoot? I’m always happy to have a chat and answer your questions – you can get in touch here.