Spring is a wonderful time of the year for outdoor photographs, with the blossoms, lush green landscape, and mild weather making it an ideal time to capture beautiful family memories. When planning a spring family photoshoot, one of the most common questions is "what should we all wear?" Choosing the right clothing and colors can make a big difference in the final outcome of the photos.

       In this article we will cover:

- What colors to wear for spring family photos

- The colors you should avoid in spring family photos

- What to wear on cooler spring days instead of a coat

With these tips, you'll be able to choose the perfect outfits for your spring family photoshoot and create memories that will be cherished for years to come.

What colors to wear for spring family photoshoot

In the spring soft, light color palette works best – Pastels (such as pink, yellow, and mint green) and neutrals colors will complement the light colors of spring flowers, but won’t be too overpowering. It's key to mix and match your favorite tones, you can pick 1-2 dominant colors and then complement them with accent colors. Here are some examples of how you could coordinate soft and light colors together for your family:

Color Palettes For Spring Family Photos

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Incorporating patterns into your outfits can add visual interest and depth to the photos. Some good pattern options include:

- Floral patterns: Floral patterns are a popular choice for spring, as they reflect the blooming flowers of the season. They can come in various colors and styles, from small dainty flowers to big bold ones.

- Stripes: Stripes in various widths and colors can be a great way to add a modern and fresh look to the photos.

- Gingham: Gingham is a classic pattern that gives a timeless, country feel to the photos.

- Polka dots: Polka dots in various sizes can give a fun and playful look to the photos.

- Paisley: Paisley is a traditional pattern that can add a bohemian or exotic touch to the photos.

It's best to keep in mind that a pattern should be used as an accent and not be the main focus of the outfit. Ideally, you should only pick one or two items to have a pattern on it and the rest of the outfit should be in a solid color or a subtle pattern. And It's important to make sure that the colors of the patterns complement each other.

Colors you should avoid in Spring

Bright neon colors can be too distracting in photos and can clash with the natural spring surroundings. Dark colors such as black can be too heavy for spring and can make the photos appear dark and gloomy.

Choose layers instead of coats

As the weather can be unpredictable in spring, it's a good idea to wear layers that can be easily added or removed as needed. A lightweight sweater or cardigan over a blouse or sundress will keep you comfortable and looking stylish and also add some versatility to your look.


Accessories can add a finishing touch to your outfit and make a big impact in your spring family photoshoot. Some good options include:

- Hats: Hats can add a stylish and playful touch to your photos. A fedora, a panama hat or a wide-brimmed hat can be a great option for men, while a sun hat or a floppy hat can be a good option for women and children.

- Scarfs: Scarfs can be a great way to add a pop of color and texture to your photos. Choose a scarf in a coordinating color and tie it around your neck or drape it over your shoulders.

- Jewelry: Jewelry can add a little sparkle and shine to your photos. Opt for simple, delicate pieces that complement your outfit without overpowering it.

- Flowers: Flowers can be a great way to add a touch of spring to your photos. You can choose to wear a simple flower pinned to your clothing or hair. 

 It's important to keep in mind that accessories should be used as accents and not be the main focus of the outfit. Keep it simple and choose accessories that complement the overall look and feel of your photoshoot.

Planning From Head…..

Don’t forget to schedule an appointment for a haircut and color the week before your family pictures. Or, even better, scheduling a hair and makeup artist the day of your session so getting yourself ready isn’t one more thing on your to do list.You will look and feel amazing and can focus your energy on getting your family dressed and get ready to go out of the door for photoshoot.

I’m happy to provide artist recommendations, so if you’re considering having your hair & makeup done please ask and I’d be happy to send their info your way.

…To Shoes

Many times, when it’s time to get dressed,you realize you didn’t even think about the shoes? I do it all the time! But this little detail can make a big difference in pictures.The right shoes can complete your outfit and make a big impact in your spring family photoshoot. A scuffed and worn pair of sneakers, while not  noticeable in day to day life, but it will be a glaring focal point in a family portrait. It's important to keep in mind the location of the photoshoot and choose shoes that are appropriate for that place, whether it's an outdoor or indoor location. Also, the most important thing is to choose footwear that you feel comfortable and confident in, and that coordinates well with the rest of your outfit. And, try on the pair of shoes for your little one the week before to make sure they still fit.

If you need some ideas of where to shop for your spring family photo session wardrobe, here are some of the great option:

Old Navy – great options for the whole family

Target – great options for the whole family

H&M – great options for children/babies

Anthropologie - unique pieces for women with gorgeous textures

Abercrombie - jeans and tops for men and women

Gap - great options for the whole family

Cater's& OshKosh B'gosh - great options for kids

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