Spring and Summer Photo Shoot Outfit Inspiration


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Looking for a little inspiration for your next photo shoot outfit? Whether you are planning your annual family photos, or couples photos, I have everything you need to look your best and feel comfortable during your session with me!

Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Spring or Summer Photo Shoot Outfit for Families and Couples

  1. Pick a spring and summer color palette
  2. Coordinate over matching
  3. Choose a mix of patterns and solids
  4. Accessorize
  5. Keep your outfits timeless
  6. Shoes matter
  7. Textures and layers
  8. Consider your location
  9. Check the weather
  10. Be yourself!

1. Pick a Spring and Summer Color Palette

My editing style is vibrant and speaks to the rich colors found in nature. In order to make sure your photos have that same pop of color, I recommend wearing natural and neutral tones. I feel they look great one everyone and they stand the test of time. Look around your house to see what colors are found most often. This can help you narrow down which palette will look best for when you print and hang the photos in your home. Five of my favorite spring/summer color palettes are Earthy Neutrals, Light Neutrals, Sage and Dusty Rose, Sea Blues and Neutrals and Rust and Mustard.

Shop some of my favorite spring and summer outfits!

Earthy Neutrals

Shop the Earthy Neutrals Palette

Light Neutrals

Shop the Light Neutrals Palette

Sage and Dusty Rose

Shop the Sage and Dusty Rose Palette

Sea Blues and Neutrals

Shop the Sea Blues and Neutrals Palette

Mustard and Rust

Shop the Mustard and Rust Palette

2. Coordinate over Matching

Wear colors that complement one another without matching too much. Try picking out one or two main colors and pair it with a neutral counterpart.

3. Choose a Mix of Patterns and Solids

Patterns can be visually pleasing and add personality to the photos. If one person is wearing a solid, try to place the other person in a coordinating pattern. Avoid patterns that clash with one another.

4. Accessorize

If you’re wearing primarily neutrals try adding a splash of color with an accessory. Some examples include a fun hat, scarf, jewelry, textured layers, etc. You don’t want to have too many extras because they can be distracting but having a little extra touch can help make your photos interesting.

5. Keep Your Outfits Timeless

I recommend shying away from clothing with brands, logos, graphics or slogans in large print as well as neon colors. You don’t want to look back on your photos and feel like they’re outdated due to a clothing choice.

6. Shoes Matter

Shoes can make or break an outfit. They can be an easy way to add personality to the photos but can distract from the main subject if they don’t coordinate well or you’re not comfortable in them. I suggest staying away from flip flops (nice sandals are ok) and avoid sport sneakers.

7. Textures and Layers

Just like patterns and accessories, textures and layers can help make your photos more visually appealing. Try layering, picking outfits with different fabrics and pick dresses that have flow and allow us to create movement.

8. Consider Your Location

Try to complement your wardrobe to your surrounding. For example, if we’re shooting on a cobblestone street or in a field shy away from heels that are hard to walk in. Additionally, if you’re looking for lifestyle photos with movement think about clothes that will adopt to being able to sit down, move around, etc.

9. Check the Weather

Especially in Spring, it can go from cold to hot in a matter of days. Plan for various outfit options and layers so you can easily adjust. The more comfortable you are the more natural your photos will look.

10. Be Yourself, No matter Your Photo Shoot Outfit!

Most importantly, wear something that feels like you! If an outfit is too tight, itchy or just doesn’t feel right then you won’t be able to truly relax which will show in your photos. Wear what feels right for YOU!

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