What to Wear for a Spring Family Photography Session | Seattle, WA

May 4, 2022

Spring is such a beautiful time in the Pacific Northwest! The sun is shining, temperatures are warming up, and families are ready to get out and play. One of the reasons I love capturing family photos in the spring is because it’s a season of growth. Our children grow up so fast, so I love being able to help my clients pause and freeze this moment with their children to treasure forever. 

If you’re dreaming about spring family photos, I encourage you to take the time to schedule a session. Once you have your session set, you can look forward to spending time with your family and walking away with images you can look back on for the rest of your life. 

Once my clients book with me, their next question is usually, “What should I wear?” Part of my process is offering guidance on location and wardrobe, but I’ll share my best tips with you here! 

4 Tips on What to Wear for Spring Family Photos 

By following these tips, you’ll feel less stressed and more confident choosing your outfits. We want every member of your family to feel comfortable in what they’re wearing while ensuring that everyone’s outfit compliments each other in the photo. 

1. Choose Neutral and Spring Colors – Start with choosing a neutral or springy color to create a classic look. Think whites, beiges, pinks, and blues. Then layer that color with prints and solids to create a cohesive look. Florals and muted patterns are okay as long as they still coordinate and don’t distract. Avoid bright patterns or graphic t-shirts for your family photos.

2. Coordinate Outfits – Long gone are the days of every family member wearing the same outfit. Don’t worry about matching and think about coordinating. Start with one person’s outfit and then build out from there. If mom’s dress is pink, you can choose complementary colors for the rest of your family.

3. Avoid Big Accessories – Avoid accessories that will distract from your beautiful family. Think jewelry such as earrings and necklaces. Jackets and sweaters are perfectly fine, but make sure that they coordinate with the rest of the outfits. 

4. Try Everything On Before – If you’re only going to follow one tip, follow this one! Have every member of your family try on their outfit a week before the session. That way, you can catch anything that needs attention with plenty of time to figure it out. Maybe your son’s shirt is too small, or you find a stain on your dress. Trying on outfits in advance gives you more time and less running around the day before your session. 

Your Spring Seattle Family Photographer 

Spring is a wonderful time for family photos. Here are some of my favorite reasons why that is. First, the Pacific Northwest has beautiful spring flowers. I know the best spots to capture your family photos with flowers as the background. Second, the weather is ideal for outdoor family photos. The weather is not too hot and not too cold. Finally, our session time is not too late in the day. Since sessions are usually done around sunset (for best flattering light), this time of year sunset is past 7pm (session time around 6pm). As we get more into summer, sessions are later in the day which can make it trickier for bedtime for littles. 

If you’re interested in scheduling your spring family photos, please send me a message here, and I will reach out to you.