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What to Wear for Summer Family Photos | Arlington Heights Family Photographer

A question that clients commonly ask me is "What should we wear for our session?" I recently asked myself the same thing as I am planning a session for my family too! Here's some session planning tips to help you style your next photo shoot.

Color Palettes

Gone are the days of everyone wearing the same white shirt and jeans combo. Wearing colors that compliment one another are the way to go. Colors that look great for summer photos are blues, yellow, pinks, greens, and all pastel colors. If you're not digging the summer palette - no problem. As long as the colors compliment one another, you do your thing! Start with one outfit and build the rest from there. Khakis, jeans, and skirts or flowy dresses work well for bottoms. If these photos are going up on your wall to be displayed, you might want to consider outfits that work with the colors in your living room as well. Check out clothing stores like Target and Old Navy that tend to sell color coordinating collections for the kids.

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This family chose denim blue and pink for their casual beach session

Easy on the Patterns

If done correctly, patterns can add a great pop to your photos. If you choose to include patterns, limit these articles of clothing to 1 or 2 people in the group max (1 can be more bold and the other more subtle). Try to find a pattern that compliments the colors that others are wearing in the photo. Patterns can easily become a distracting element in photos so less is more. Stay away from loud prints like zebra, cheetah, neon, etc. Patterns also look nice as an accessory rather than a shirt or pants.

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This family chose a color palette of pastel like shades of blue and green with stripes as a minimal pattern.

Consider The Location

It will likely be warm outside for your session so try not to dress in too many layers and wear breathable materials. If your session is taking place at a park or forest, it may be advisable to wear bug spray just in case. If your session is taking place at the beach, you can find out more info on how to prepare HERE

Dresses and headband accessories are super cute for summer

Accessories & Shoes

Shoes are often overlooked in the session planning department but it can really put together an outfit. It's important to consider comfort since you will be walking around in a park or forest. Sandals, flats, and dress casual shoes are great choices for fall family photos. Steer clear of gym shoes and pumps for this one. Top off your look with a couple of accessories as a way to add personal flair or a pop of color. Some examples of accessories might include jewelry and hair pieces.

There you have it, folks. I hope you find this info helpful when planning your family session. I'm looking forward to taking some awesome photos of you and your family!


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