What to Wear for Spring Family Photos

Figuring out what to wear for spring family photos can be a daunting process. As the mom not only do you have to worry about picking out your own outfit, you are usually responsible for finding dads and coordinating the kids. It can be stressful, I know. Lucky for you I am a full-service family photographer, so I offer a beautiful client wardrobe that has a variety of dresses for mom to wear. I personally curate my client closet from boutiques like Nothing Fits But and Morning Lavender. I work with all of my clients to help mom pick her dress from my closet and then style the full family around that.

Below I’m sharing some of my top tips for styling the whole family for spring photos. I also share 5 styled looks using the dresses from my client closet and clickable links to make styling your family a breeze this spring!

What to Wear for Spring Family Photos

  1. Neutrals 

Neutrals, neutrals and more neutrals. You may already be a neutral loving gal and you’re all for this! Or you could be thinking how boring it would be if everyone wore neutral tones. Let me tell you, neutrals don’t have to be boring and we can certainly add a complimentary color into the mix (soft pastels are my favorite!). But, overall neutrals are going to compliment any background, especially springtime greens and vibrant spring blooms. Neutral wardrobe selections will help keep your images from feeling overwhelming and distracting to the eye.

  1. Texture 

Don’t be afraid to add some texture! A great way to do this is utilizing my client closet for mom’s dress. Most of my dresses are long and flowy which will add beautiful texture and depth to your images. If you have a little girl, I suggest a cute dress with minimal ruffles to add some detail and fun dimension to your photos. 

  1. Dress for the elements 

What I mean by “dress for the elements” is dress appropriately for the weather outside. For example, since we are learning about what to wear for spring family photos, you probably don’t want dad to wear a cable knit sweater or anything too heavy looking. I would opt for a light colored, neutral button down and khakis or dress pants. Make sure everyone is wearing something that compliments the current weather. 

  1. Coordination 

Coordination can be something that will keep you staring at your closet for hours. You know you don’t want everyone to wear the same color, but how do you mix and match well? I always start with Mom. When we have our planning/styling meeting, we’ll find a dress that you love and the rest of the family’s wardrobe can be based around that. If mom’s dress is white with tiny blue floral patterns, the little ones could have blue interspersed throughout their outfits (ex: a blue headband, blue button up, etc). 

  1. Say no to bold colors and loud patterns  

No matter the season, my number one rule, when selecting your family’s wardrobe is to skip bold, bright colors like red, yellow and orange. Bold colors and loud patterns distract, which detracts from the emotion and connection between your family. Neutral patterns are encouraged, think small tiny floral patterns or consider adding a textural element for added interest.

5 Looks for Spring Family Photos

Use these guides to style your family for your family session this spring. All outfits are linked below each style guide!

What to wear for spring family photos

mom lace dress, dad pink shirt, dad white pants, baby cream knit, little boy white shirt, little boy linen pants, little girl floral dress

Look 2, spring family photos

mom floral dress, dad blue shirt, dad white pants, baby knit dress, little boy blue matching set, little girl birdie dress

mom pink kiko dress, baby pink ruffle knit overalls, dad pink short sleeve, dad linen pants, little boy matching set, little girl pink dress

mom long-sleeve blue floral, mens henley, dad blue chino, baby navy romper, little boy blue striped shirt, little boy linen pant, little girl beige dress

mom tie sleeve floral dress, dad grey button down, dad white pants, baby floral romper, little boy sage one piece, little girl purple dress

I hope this was helpful for you as you consider what to wear for spring family photos! All of the mom dresses in the styles above are dresses in my client closet and available to you when you hire me as your photographer! If you are considering a maternity, newborn or family session I would love to hear from you! You can reach out via my contact form to get in touch and learn more about my full-service offerings here!

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