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Summer Family Photoshoot
What to Wear

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 summer 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. 

Some Sage Advice

Colour Scheming

For a summer family photoshoot, aim for neutrals, earthy tones, or light and airy hues. These colours compliment the outdoor environment almost anywhere you go. I’m not advocating for a beige world of quiet and inoffensive colours. By neutrals, I just mean softer tones. Primary colours are incredibly striking, but can sometimes have the effect of detracting from the main subject (which is you and your family). So instead of electric blue, go for something closer to sky blue. Instead of bright orange, opt for ochre or apricot. Sticking with neutral tones and soft, pale hues is always a winner. A good rule of thumb is to choose three colours which complement your surroundings and build your outfits around that palette.

What Not to Wear

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 to Wear for a Summer Family Photoshoot

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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 autumn mini session.

Summer Family Photoshoot Session Guide

Want to know how to prepare you and your family for your summer photoshoot? Head over to my Summer Session Guide for some useful hints and tips.