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What to wear for your spring family photo shoot

Wondering what to wear for your spring family photo shoot? We’ll cover you! Although the change of seasons is less obvious here in Southern California, I have a soft spot for spring. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, there are several family-oriented holidays – everything makes my heart sing and my creative energy flow.

It’s also a popular time for family photos, whether in the great outdoors or in the studio for our annual Motherhood Mini Sessions. When the bookings come in, questions arise as to what to wear for your spring family photo shoot. Here are some of my top tips:

1. First, choose the garment that you are most excited about

My general advice for planning family outfits is to build all outfits around your “star piece,” the garment that will attract the most attention. Especially for our Motherhood Mini Sessions, I encourage mothers to pamper themselves a little and take the beautiful dress they have always wanted.

Trust me as a photographer when I say that if you wear something that makes you feel beautiful, it really shows through in photos!

Okay, I know I just gave you an excuse to go shopping, but don’t leave until you read my next tip on colors!

2. Look at spring colors

In the face of spring, your background is likely to be bright and colorful, whether you’re shooting outdoors or in the studio. Wear colors like yellow, pink, lavender and baby blue that also evoke a sense of freshness. This is something to think about when choosing your “star piece”.

For more information, see my post How to dye coordinated clothes for family portraits. However, if you employ the strategy of basing everyone else’s outfits on the colors of the “star piece”, you will see a much smoother process if it included the spring colors mentioned above.

3. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns

Many people are concerned about mixing patterns, but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow a few guidelines. First of all, make sure someone is solid color if you want to mix patterns so that the scene doesn’t get too busy.

Also, you should think about varying the size of the patterns. If mom is wearing a dress with large flowers, it is best if the father’s shirt has a small plaid. When in doubt, try to snap together a few photos of your clothes and see what they look like.

Hope this post has been helpful in offering some tips that can help you choose clothes for your spring family photo shoot. We can’t wait to see your outfits!

When we emerge from an indoor winter, we celebrate the coming of a new season with a family meeting in spring. Attend our annual maternity mini-sessions or contact me to discuss planning the family portrait session of your dreams.

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