What to Wear for Your Spring Family Photos
Spring is a great season for family photos thanks to all the sunshine, flowers, and bright green everything. Deciding what you'll wear for your photos can seem like an impossible task, though, especially if you're dressing a large group. These basic tips will help you look and feel your best in your family photos this spring. We've also included a few Quattro Mama pieces that are perfect for photo sessions!
Whether you're going for casual or dressy, vintage or modern, there are a few simple tips you can apply to your family photo outfits to end up with the best photos possible.
Wear What Makes You Feel Amazing
This is really the only rule. Everything else is just a tip. Tips you can 100% ignore if you don't agree with them.
It doesn't matter what the current trends are or what anyone else says does or doesn't "go together". Your photos should look and feel authentic to you and your family. If big, bold colors and patterns make you feel your best, WEAR THEM! If you're not comfortable in what you're wearing, it'll show in your photos. Wear something that makes you feel amazing and your photos will be amazing.
Coordinate, But Don't Match
A lot of people like to do family photo sessions where everyone is wearing the same thing, or the men/boys wear the same outfit and the women/girls wear a different but same outfit, or all of the kids match and all the adults match in a different way. That's totally fine if that's the session you have in mind!
If you're wanting less-structured photos, though, then skip the matching and think more about coordinating instead. Choose a general color palette of 2-4 complimentary colors, then make sure each person in your family is wearing 1-2 of those colors in some way. The goal is to have a cohesive overall look and feel.
If you're struggling to come up with a palette, then pick an item you 100% know will be in your photos (maybe your little one's shorts or dress, or your earrings or pants, etc.) and base your colors off that item!
Dress for the Setting
Your surroundings play a huge part in your family photos, so take them into account when dressing your family.
If you'll be outside on a cool day, make a sweater or a jacket part of your outfits, rather than using them to cover up your outfits. Use the layers to your advantage - they can be a pop of color or texture that adds dimension to your photos. Play with different lengths of sweaters or jackets to find the cut that makes you feel the best.
Black, dark jewel tones, and neons will look harsh and out of place against pastel flowers and green grass and trees, so I recommend neutrals (tans, browns, greys), pastels, and cool, muted earth tones instead. Will you have a background of pink cherry blossoms? You might want to avoid wearing light pink in that case, otherwise you could get lost in the photo.
Wear Clothes That Fit Well
This seems obvious, but it goes beyond clothes being just too big or too small in general.
Consider whether you'll be sitting for any photos - if so, you'll probably want to skip anything that's tight when you sit since it'll affect your posture. If you're sitting in a dress, you'll also want to think about whether your skirt will be shorter than you're comfortable with. Skirts that are too long can be cumbersome and easy to step on, which means they could trip you up and get dirty if your session is outside.
What are the odds you might lift a baby or toss a small kid in the air for a photo? You might want to keep shirt lengths in mind in that case. Bending over to tickle a little one, or stooping to talk to them on their level? Think about whether the neckline on your shirt or dress will make you uncomfortable in those situations.
For kids, dress them in clothes that fit now rather than clothes they'll grow into later, so they don't look like they're swimming in their outfits.
Everyone should wear comfortable shoes that they can walk in given the location, too. We all know cute shoes aren't necessarily the most comfortable. If you'll be outside in grass or on dirt, you might skip the stilettos, or at least try some high heel protectors to give you a little more surface area to walk on. Will you have littles running around in shoes? Double check that they can walk or run in those shoes with little to no problem!
Make sure you're comfortable in and happy with everything you'll be wearing in a variety of situations, and you'll be good to go.
Stick to the Basics
- Wear clothes you feel good in
- Wear clothes that are appropriate for the setting you'll be in and the overall look you want for your photos
- Wear comfortable clothes that fit well
- Coordinate a cohesive look for everyone that'll be in the photos