OUTFIT INSPIRATION FOR SPRING FAMILY PHOTOS
Who is excited for SPRING?! I know I am, I'm itching to get outdoors again and see all my families I've had the pleasure to photograph in the past and meet new awesome families.
While we wait for spring to arrive, I wanted to create some spring outfit inspiration for you to help as you plan for your session. These outfits are to be used as a guide, it doesn't mean you need to follow them and you maybe have similar pieces already in your closet. It's all about pairing neutrals with a hint of color (usually a muted or pastel color, think: light, rose-y pink, soft olive greens, light blues). In Spring, Fall and Winter I always suggest adding layers to your outfits as well. Layers photograph really nice and it also helps incase the weather turns out to be cooler than planned. Layers like cardigans, jackets, vests are the perfect finishing touch!
To make it simple, all of these outfits below are from one of my favorite stores, Old Navy. They have the perfect timeless pieces for the entire family at reasonable prices + they almost always have an extra 30-40% off coupon going on.
Finding the perfect outfit for your family session may take a little bit of work, but you probably have great pieces already in your closet that could work together! Also, use these tips below to help formulate a plan. If you need help deciding what to wear or want feedback, I'd love to help with that, just send me an email!
5 BASIC TIPS FOR PLANNING FAMILY OUTFITS
1. Coordinate your outfits by finding a color palette you love and finding pieces that compliment one another. Avoid matchy-matchy and black as your main color. Soft, muted colors and neutral colors look great for my style of photography, please avoid bright/neon hues.
2. Layer and add accessories with a hat, headbands, necklace, jacket, or vests. Layers especially helps when the weather turns out to be cooler than planned (good ol' Wisconsin).
3. Wear clothes that are fashionable, yet still functional for the location. Keep in mind we will be moving around!
4. When it comes to patterns, a good rule of thumb is have one or two patterned outfit for every three people included in the session. Floral prints, polka dots, plaids work great! Also, avoid large logos. I typically like to start by finding a dress for mom or a daughter and then building the rest of the "ensemble" surrounding that piece, pulling colors out of the dress.
5. Shoes! Remember that you'll want them to be comfortable as we move around, but please stay away from character themed shoes, athletic shoes, and bulky soles.
6. If you are looking to purchase new clothes, my favorite is Old Navy, as they are very affordable, coordinate well from baby sizes to adults sizes and have timeless pieces that photograph well.
ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION FROM PINTEREST
If you need some more visuals, here's a pinterest board to help get some ideas of great outfits that work well together and what works best for my photography style.
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