Outdoor photoshoots are a great way to capture wonderful family moments in an open outdoor setting. I’m not sure if it is the fresh air or the ability to roam free but I find my families relax much quicker when they are outside. Some forget I am even there. Being relaxed will help you enjoy the shoot from beginning to end. I have found being relaxed often start with what you are wearing.
Many of my families ask me what clothes they should wear, so today, I am going to share my top tips on what outfits to consider during your outdoor photography session.
Colour Palette to Match the Season
Consider colours that compliment the season. You may find browns, mustards or warmer colours work well in the autumn months, where as light pastel or neutral colours work well in the spring/summer. Complimenting your outfits with the season will give a lovely look and feel to your photos. I recommend choosing 2 to 3 colours and then mix and match your outfits.
Prepare for all weathers
The British weather is known to be unpredictable, so consider wearing an outfit that is suitable to the season. For example, in the spring and autumn months, consider wearing an outfit to keep you warm. Using layers can not only keep you warm and cosy but can add variety and texture to your outfit. I recommend using things like hats and scarves, which can be added and removed depending on the scene.
Keeping it classic
Patterns and fashionable clothes tend to date badly and detract from the subject matter. Consider classic clothing. White can look beautifully simple and fresh especially teamed up with a contrasting colour, for example a white top and a plain denim jeans. Avoid accessories as it can distract from the subject matter. Keeping it simple works best.
If you are unsure of something – just bring it along and we can always try it. You may want to take a look at my gallery to see what other families have worn on previous photoshoots, to help you choose your family outfits.
There is no harm in planning ahead. It will give you one less thing to worry about on the day. Especially if you are coordinating small children. Don’t be afraid to bring changes of clothing too. It might give you a little piece of mind and help you relax ahead of your family photography session.
Little children may get tired throughout the session, so please be reassured that there will be plenty of breaks and don’t forget snacks!
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