What to Wear for a
Sunflower Photoshoot

Dress To Impress in the Sunflowers

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 a sunflower photoshoot can trigger even the most confident fashionista to pull their entire wardrobe out onto the floor in search of the perfect outfit. So if your nerves start to fizz when you think about what to wear, don’t worry. This is so 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. The number one thing I want you to remember? Being comfortable is EVERYTHING. You should look and feel like yourself, first and foremost.


Be Comfy

It’s not uncommon to want to shop for new, sparkly, fabulous clothes for a photoshoot. And that’s fine if that’s your jam. But let’s talk about comfort. Do you think you’d be more comfy in your favourite t-shirt and jeans or a new clingy little black dress? The best route is usually to go with something that’s tried and true. Something you know moves with you and hugs you in all the right places. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn't have to be jeans and a t-shirt. You can glam it up a bit more if that’s what you fancy. What matters is that you show up as yourself. And if you want your images to be authentic, then it’s all about the feeling of being in your own skin.

Go Native

In this case, that means a field in summer for sunflowers! Plan your outfits around this. You’ll want pain-free feet and to look relatively native to your environment. The idea is to authentically capture you wherever you are. So think through your clothing choices logically based on location, vibe and comfort level. Think a pretty summer dress or a lovely floaty top. 

Colour Theory in Action

Remember the colour wheel from school? Well, it's a great reference point when trying to figure out what colours look a bit weird together and what colours are a match made in heaven. There are two aspects to this. Complementing your surroundings, and complementing each other. It's not as hard as it sounds, I promise!


Complementary Colours

These colours, the ones that look amazing together, are called complementary colours. And that's because, well, they complement each other. They’re salt and pepper, William and Kate, fish and chips. Complementary colours sit across from one another on the colour wheel and do special things for the big picture. On the colour wheel, see how that yellow sits bang opposite the soft blues?  That's what we're talking about here.

Analogous Colours

But it’s not all about contrast. For those less taken by the ‘pop,’ analogous colours could be the way to go. These colours are next to each other on the colour wheel, rather than opposite, and can be quite soothing to the eye. For your sunflower shoot, think about pale greens (and I mean pale, you don't want to disappear amongst the green stems!) or soft coral and peach shades which would look beuatiful.


Neutrals Rule in a Sunflower Field

A sunflower photoshoot is one event where neutrals rule. You cannot go wrong in whites, creams and soft beiges. 

Choosing a colour scheme for a sunflower photoshoot is a bit different than dressing for other types of photoshoots. Here, it is the show-stopping sunflower field itself that provides the pop of colour. So it's important to choose hues that will work well with the vibrant yellow. So don't try and match or compete with that. Sticking with neutral tones and soft, pale hues is always a winner. A good rule of thumb is to choose three colours that complement your surroundings and build your outfits around that palette.


Now, here's the science bit...

Colour Scheming

Complement - Don't Match

Aim to complement, not match. For the aesthetics of your sunflower family photos to really sing, you want the whole family to complement each other as well as your surroundings. The idea is to have everything look good together without everything looking the same. 

The Fine Art of Accessorising

A wide-brimmed sun hat that complements the rest of your outfit would work brilliantly in a sunflower field. It is a pick-your-own sunflower field and your ticket price includes a couple of stems, which we will of course make full use of! Leave the sunglasses in your bag, and ditch the smart watch too!


You can’t have come this far, painstakingly planning your outfit, only to stop at your ankles. Shoes are a key part of a look and ideally complement the rest of the outfit. Remember how we talked about looking native to your environment, being authentic and being comfortable? Well, do yourself a favour and ditch the heels! Select the right shoes based on the location, and consider what you’d normally wear if I wasn’t following you around with a camera. Flat sandals or pumps are a good choice for your sunflower mini session. Always consider context when choosing footwear for both aesthetic appeal and practicality.


Hair & Makeup

So this is totally your call but if I may… I want you to look like you. So do whatever you need to do to feel confident and beautiful. And don't forget your hands. Treat yourself to a little subtle manicure or make sure your nails are neat and tidy before the shoot. Clean nails for everyone please! As for hair… I do love the way a wild mane blows in the breeze. Up-dos are alright, but when it comes to capturing a moment, hair down is the way to go. With your hair down you get movement, you get interest, you get some perfect slices of imperfection in the best possible way.


What Not to Wear

For sunflower family photos, patterns can look too busy and be distracting. Try and stick to plain clothes, or something subtle. Like broderie, a small ditsy pattern or soft stripes.  Whilst we're at it, you should also avoid logos and bright colours, as well as black.

To Recap

Dress for the season and the location


Complement, don’t match


Wear something comfortable that you feel like you in


White is a winner in the sunflowers


For colour, choose soft blues, greens or peach shades


Avoid large prints, logos and patterns and avoid black


Throw in some accessories like a pretty sun hat


What to Wear for Sunflower Family Photos


What to Wear for Sunflower Family Photos


What to Wear for Sunflower Family Photos


Need Some Inspiration?

If you're looking for a little more inspiration, check out my for some ideas on what to wear for your sunflower photoshoot.