Mango and papaya, lime and lavender. Sound like I’m about to give you a recipe? Nope, I’m just opening your eyes to colors that are not denim and white!

Our spring and summer family session calendars are open for booking! Outdoor sessions are a beautiful option for maternity portraits, updated baby and child milestones, Mother’s and Father’s day gifts… or just because you have’t had professional portraits taken in a while and it’s about time! I’m so looking forward to this snow melting and photographing families in those cherry blossoms, rose gardens, and lush fields.

I always get asked “what should we wear?” for family photography sessions. It seems daunting to coordinate outfits for your entire family. But I have some suggestions to help! Take a look at some of our spring wardrobe tips and ideas below. You can use these to think about how to style your own family.

If you have any questions, want to send pictures for advise (this is always fun for me!!), or need some extra help planning your outfits for your session – please contact me! I am so happy to help.

What you choose to wear is a very important part of your session. The right outfit can make the difference between good photos and amazing photos.  There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your wardrobe.

If you haven’t already headed over to the What to Wear Inspiration board you can do that here.

Top Tips for What to Wear for Bergen County Family Photography Sessions this Spring and Summer: 

  1. Start with one outfit that you really like. Maybe Mom has a killer pair of shoes and dress she wants to wear.  Go with it! From there, build around it so colors coordinate but don’t match exactly.
  2. Match their personality! Try cheerful, fun prints with polka dots, stripes, camo – whatever showcases who they really are. Add some layers and texture with a tutu, pettiskirt, tie or hat.
  3. Wear coordinating outfits.  You want the clothes to work together as if they are all from the same collection at your favorite store.  For instance, if you have a cute dress for your little girl that has blue, brown, cream and orange accents, put Mom in a blue dress with a cute orange necklace, your son in a cream polo with jeans, and Dad in a blue patterned shirt with khakis.  If everyone in the family coordinates, then every combination of people (the entire family, pairings, and individual shots) will photograph well.
  4. Choose colors that always pair well together.  Some examples are earth tones (tans, browns, blues, sage, olive, burnt orange, mustard yellow, etc.) and jewel tones (amethyst purple, emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red).  Sometimes its fun to use an accent color (everyone in black, white, and grey with red as your accent).  You can incorporate white into every combination.  But don’t be afraid to mix colors that are a bit unexpected!
  5. Remember that shoes and accessories are important. Please put as much thought into your shoes as you do your wardrobe – they make a huge difference. I can’t edit out crocs 🙂
  6. Accessorize. Headbands, scarves, jewelry, jackets, striped or patterned stockings/tights and hats can create great style.
  7. Sundresses, tutus, great dresses are perfect! Especially for little girls, we want her to be comfortable, to twirl, and feel like a princess. If your son demands a fedora, go for it. When the kids feel great it shows!
  8. Be careful with white. If you have fair skin or blonde hair, white tends to wash out skin tones. White is fine as an accent color.
  9. Stay away from wearing a lot of green when having photos taken in grassy or wooded areas. And avoid logos.
  10. HAVE FUN!!