South Jersey Family Photographer – What to Wear for Spring / Summer Family Photos

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Spring is around the corner and before we know it everything will be in bloom and the trees will be green again. With all the flowers and beautiful weather, spring and summer are a great time for family photos. One of the most popular questions and biggest stressors for mom, is what to wear. Here are some tips for what to wear for Spring / Summer Family Photos.

NancyElizabethPhotography, South Jersey Photographer, Family of 4 Standing By Beach Dunes


You want to look and feel your best the day of your photo session. To do that, you need to be comfortable. That goes for the entire family. If your daughter hates dresses, don’t fight over it or force it. Otherwise you will have one uncomfortable miserable kiddo and that’s not what you want for your pictures. Do your prefer flats over heels? Than wear flats! If you’re uncomfortable, it will show.

NancyElizabethPhotography, South Jersey Photographer, Family of 3 Walking by Ocean

Coordinate, Don’t Match

While you don’t want every one in the family in crazy patterns, subtle coordinating patterns on one or two people look great. Don’t be afraid of a plaid shirt or floral dress. Just make sure the colors coordinate and neither are too crazy.

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In Spring and Summer the weather at night can vary. You can get really warm nights or a bit of a chilly night. Since sessions occur about an hour before sunset, you’ll want to make sure everyone (especially the kiddos) are dressed appropriately. If you try to push a short sleeve shirt that won’t keep them warm on a cool night, they will be miserable the entire session…and it will show. It goes back to the first point of comfort, being cold or hot is not comfortable.

NancyElizabethPhotography, South Jersey Photographer, Child in Pink Dress Smiling

Colors of the Season

Make sure the colors you choose go with the season. For spring / summer sessions think lighter and brighter colors like pink, blue, green, yellow, just not neon bright! If you prefer something softer, choose neutral shades like an ivory, pale blue, or rose / pale pink color. Don’t be afraid to mix in a light gray or navy blue to compliment the spring / summer colors. To help my families look their best, I created a Pinterest board specifically for spring / summer photo sessions. It has lots of ideas for color combos and even examples of patterns. Click here to check it out if you’re in need of some inspiration!

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