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Spring Style Guide: My Tips for Finding the Best Spring Outfits for Family Photos

Spring Style Guide: Finding Picture Perfect Family Outfits

Spring is in the air, and that means it's time for fresh blooms, warmer weather, and the perfect opportunity for a family photo shoot. But before you rush to the fields of daisies with your camera-ready crew, you've got an important task at hand — picking out those picture-perfect outfits.

You know the struggle, fellow moms and paparazzi parents: coordinating without being too matchy-matchy, stylish yet comfortable, radiating confidence, and finding outfits that won't cause a mid-shoot meltdown. Fret not! This is your go-to guide for finding the best spring outfits for your family session. Read more for my planning tips (my #1 piece of advice for styling, included!).

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The Color Palette Prowess

First things first, let's talk colors. The best spring outfits for family photos begin with a good color palette.

Spring calls for soft pastels, but don't feel like your fam has to look like a walking basket of Easter eggs (unless that's your jam — no judgment here!). Consider choosing two or three coordinating colors that reflect the season's joy without overwhelming the eye. Think mint green, blush pink, or dusty blue.

Pro-tip: Neutral tones can be a canvas for those splashes of spring color, and nothing says "timeless" like a crisp white outfit with a hint of floral. They also go great in any season and are a timeless look, so they're my go-to when all else fails!

Spring Color Combos That Pop

  1. Sage green, deep purple, and ivory - this combo creates a fresh and bold look that is perfect for outdoor spring photos.

  2. Baby blue, lavender, and cream - soft hues that give off a dreamy and whimsical vibe.

  3. Blush pink, warm beige, and sage green - this combination exudes sophistication and elegance.

  4. Mustard yellow, muted blue, and dark blue - a cheerful and bright color combo that is perfect for capturing those sunny spring days.

Adding Texture

Think lace, crochet, ruffles or even a fun floral. These added details can elevate your outfits and add visual interest to the photos.

Pro tip: Texture is great! Wrinkles are not. Make sure you iron any clothing with deep creases or wrinkles before your photo session.

Cozy meets Chic – Comfort is Key!

If you remember any of these tips, let it be this one. My Number 1 rule for all photo sessions: be comfy and confident!

Unless you've got a family of mannequins, comfort is non-negotiable. If anyone is unhappy, the photos will show it. Opt for flowy dresses and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen that will keep everyone cool and collected as you frolic through the flower fields.

Patterns and Florals and Stripes, Oh My!

Spring is all about florals. But let's not go overboard here. Too many patterns can be a recipe for disaster in those family photos.

A neutral floral brings this color palette to life!

Instead, choose one or two statement pieces with fun prints, like a floral dress for mom or a patterned shirt for dad, and pair them with solid, coordinating colors for the rest of the family.

I suggest keeping any patterns limited to 1-2 people in a 4-5 person family as a general rule of thumb.

Pro-tip: Very small stripes or polka dots can sometimes show up distorted in photos. You don't have to avoid these at all costs, but I'd say if you're all for stripes, stick with medium to larger patterns for these.

"Wear" Comfort Meets the Runway

Alright, it's showtime! Here’s where I put on my fairy godmother hat and bibbidi-bobbidi-boo you direct to some fabulous outfit ideas. And yes, my friend, they all come with the magical link to transport you straight to the link for a seamless shopping experience.

  • For Papa Bear

    • A comfortable linen shirt that says "I'm the cool dad," not, "I'm trying too hard."

    • Pair this light flannel with coordinating solid colors on the rest of the fam

    • This casual shirt has a ton of color options for any color palette!

Pro Tip: When shopping, look for versatile pieces that can easily transition from day to night. A simple floral dress paired with sneakers can be dressed up with a denim jacket and sandals for a casual daytime look, or dressed up with heels and statement jewelry for a night out. This will save both time and money when it comes to outfit planning!

Tying it All Together with Accessories

Accessories are the fairy dust of family outfits. A thoughtfully chosen hairband or a statement necklace can elevate your ensemble from "nice" to "worthy of its own Pinterest board."

Pro Tip: Avoid wearing too many bold or statement pieces as they can clash with each other and create a chaotic appearance. Remember, less is more when it comes to accessorizing for a coordinated family outfit.

Trends vs. Your Style: Embrace Your Uniqueness

This might be an unpopular opinion, but here it goes: I have my money on any Instagram-worthy trend eventually becoming a source of amusement for our kids in a similar way we now view our parents’ hairstyles from the 80s.

Don't get me wrong: I love a good trend. But I'm here to create timeless photos that gracefully age with you for years to come. When you look back on family photos 30 years from now, my hope is that you wonder what year it they were taken instead of wondering “Why on earth was I wearing that hat?!”

The best outfits for family pictures are the ones that reflect your family's unique style and personality. Don't be afraid to showcase that one-of-a-kind quirkiness that makes your family special, trendy or not. Mix and match suggestions as you like, and most importantly, make memories that will last longer than any passing fashion statement.

Strike a Pose!

When all is said and done, the truth is that even if everything doesn't go to plan — a stain here, a hair out of place there — the imperfections often make for the most endearing and genuine of photographs. Your family's essence, those unguarded laughs and loving glances, that's the secret sauce of a truly memorable family photo.

Keep these tips in your back pocket, sprinkle in a dose of spring sunshine, and get ready for the camera. We're about to create some beautiful family moments, outfits and all! Now, who's ready for their close-up? 📸

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