WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE
Dressing yourself in the morning can be hard enough when you don’t have to stand in front of a camera and be your best self. Choosing what to wear for an blossom spring family photoshoot can make your nerves start to fizz, but don’t worry. This is very normal! Before you lose sleep to late nights spent online shopping for the whole family, let’s talk about what works and what doesn’t.
All About You
This is possibly the most important piece of advice when it comes to what to wear to your family photoshoot. Dress yourself first. No matter what you put the kids in they will look adorable to you because you're their mum and they're your babies. If you manage this process like you do every other aspect of family life (ie putting everyone else before yourself), then you will find yourself rushing around at the last minute, fretting over what you are going to wear that will go with those cute outfits you sorted out for everyone else. And if you don't feel happy and comfortable and beautiful in what you are wearing then you won't like your images. It's as simple as that. So read through this guide, pick out your outfit, and then co-ordinate everyone else with what you are wearing.
Your Colour Palette
Dressing for summer is all about muted neutrals and pastels. A good rule of thumb is to choose three colours that complement your surroundings and build your outfits around that palette.
Think cream, blush pink, soft peach, pale blue, lemon, light grey, beige... you get the gist. These pretty shades make for a soft dreamy palette that will complement the lovely summer colours but not outdo them. You can mix in some darker neutrals such as navy, darker greys and tan shades.
When it comes to your summer photoshoot, avoid large bold patterns. If you don't want plain pieces, you can add interest using texture instead. Think pretty lace, fine or chunky knits, delicate tulle or subtle embroidery. Layers can add depth to your images too. More on that below.
Some Top Tips
When deciding what to wear for your summer family photoshoot, avoid large, bold patterns as they often dominate the photograph and detract attention from your beautiful faces. Subtle, smaller patterns like a light floral print are great when they complement the location. But less is definitely more with this one, try to limit yourself to one pattern at a time. Matching patterns is a tricky task, and it’s super difficult to do well. Whilst we're at it, you should also avoid logos and bright colours, as well as black.
What Not to Wear
Need Some More Inspiration?
If you're looking for a little more inspiration, check out my Pinterest board for some ideas on what to wear for your summer photoshoot.