Preparing for Summer Family Photos: A Guide to Choosing the Right Outfits

Summer Family Photo Outfits

Booking family photos can be an exciting experience, but choosing outfits for family photos can be overwhelming. As a parent, you want to ensure your family looks great and feels comfortable in front of the camera. In this post, I’ll share tips on choosing outfits for family photos that happen in the summertime.

Location for Summer Family Photos

Choosing a location is the first step in preparing for your photo session. If you’ve already booked a photographer, they may recommend a location or you can decide on one yourself. Once you know the location, you can get an idea of the background colors. For instance, a beach setting will have a tan background, while a garden or forest will have a green or brown background.

Choosing Your Color Palette for Summer Family Photos

Before choosing your color palette, consider the mood you want to create. Do you want your photos to be bright and airy or dark and moody? Often times, this will reflect the type of photographer you’ve booked with.

Your color palette should also complement the location. If you’re taking photos at the beach, avoid colors that blend with the sand. On the other hand, if you’re taking photos in a garden, avoid wearing green.

Choose 3-5 colors for your family depending on its size. Neutral colors work well, and you can add a pop of color to spice things up. You can find inspiration on Pinterest by searching for “family photos color palette summer.”

Mix and Match

Now that you’ve selected your colors, it’s time to mix and match them. Avoid dressing everyone in the same color or shirt. Instead, use different shades of the same color or complementary colors. For example, if you choose beige, mix it with different shades of brown or blue but keep in mind that background color.

Final Tips

Before your photo session, take some time to set realistic expectations. I’ve put together a great post to help you view what those expectations may be. You can find it here.

In summary, preparing for a summer family photo session can be exciting but daunting. By choosing the right location, color palette, and mix-and-match strategy, you can create a memorable photo session that you’ll treasure for years to come.

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