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Spring Family Picture Outfits: What to Wear

February 22, 2019

Filed in: Tips

It’s that time again!  As we get into spring portrait season, it’s time to start making decisions on what to wear for your family pictures or engagement session in the SPRINGTIME! If you’re looking for inspiration on spring family picture outfits, I created this guide for you. You can shop through some of my Amazon favorites in case you are on a time crunch, or just take inspiration from these photos as you decide on spring family picture outfits!

 

Spring Family Picture Outfits: Light Neutrals and Soft Florals

I started this timeless neutral outfit inspiration with this stunning floral dress. Florals are perfect for spring family photos, and I always encourage clients to look for lower contrast, subtle floral prints like this one so that the focus will still be on you rather than your clothes. Since mom’s dress had both color and pattern, I kept the rest of the family’s outfits pretty simple, sticking to warmer toned, soft neutrals like the oatmeal henley and light olive pants. Simple is good!

neutral outfits with oatmeal, blush, and olive for spring family picture outfit inspiration

 

OUTFIT LINKS: Spring Family Picture Outfits: Light Neutrals and Soft Florals

Mom’s Floral Dress

Mom’s Sandals

Dad’s Shirt

Dad’s Pants

Son’s Shirt

Son’s Pants

Spring Family Photo Color Schemes: Neutral Pastels

Next up is soft and romantic neutral pastels.  There’s a little lace, some ruffles, and plenty of soft chiffon and chambray.  The colors are super neutral for mom and dad with just some soft blues.  This could totally be worn for an engagement session too!  I made sure to add a little pop of color with the lavender statement earrings, which really is more than enough.  You could even pair this outfit with some lavender heels if you want to be a little dressier or add more color.

If this is a family photo session, the kids are in super soft shades of violet and rose.  I love that these are all solid colors but the visual interest comes from the textures: ruffles, the crinkle texture of the baby’s outfit, and the lace on mom’s top.  Sticking to solid colors like this rather than patterns gives the whole look a really classic, quiet, serene feel.  It would be perfect in a field for light and bright photos or strolling through the cherry blossoms!

wardrobe idea for family pictures or engagement pictures - neutral pastels lavender chambray and rose

OUTFIT LINKS: NEUTRAL PASTELS

Mom’s top

Blue skirt

Mom’s earrings

Baby’s romper

Girl’s dress

Dad’s shirt

Dad’s pants

 

 

Red and Blue Family Picture Outfit

My next look is a total 180 because I encourage a lot of subtle colors but I know some of my clients really do LOVE COLOR!  Bright colors can be tough to photograph–anything too bright can reflect that color back onto your skin–ick!  You definitely want to avoid anything really bright or neon near your face.  Here, the brightest colors are away from faces–dad’s pants are a super preppy Nantucket red color, but the chambray button down will look great near his face and won’t reflect any bad color onto his skin.  Because there are a lot of brighter colors here, mom and dad are both in shades of blue so that it’s actually pretty monochromatic except for those pops of coral!

For the kids, I added some texture in with the little girl’s dress–I really love that lace detail!  And the little boy’s plaid shirt is perfect.  It ties the colors all together, but is a large print plaid rather than a really small checked shirt.  Those larger plaids photograph MUCH better than a smaller scale plaid like gingham.

I left off shoes here, but I’d probably stick to warm and light neutrals like camel sandals with a heel for mom and daughter, and light khaki boat shoes for the boys.

And PS, those earrings?  ON MY WISHLIST!!  I need them in my life.

wardrobe idea for family or engagement pictures - coral and cobalt blue chambray nantucket red

OUTFIT LINKS: RED AND BLUE FAMILY PICTURE OUTFIT

Mom’s dress

Mom’s earrings

Girl’s dress

Boy’s shirt

Boy’s pants

Dad’s shirt

Dad’s pants

 

Spring Family Picture Colors: Pink and Blue

A spring family picture outfit example with pastel pinks and blues.

OUTFIT LINKS FOR SPRING FAMILY PICTURE COLORS: PINK AND BLUE

Mom’s dress

Mom’s earrings

Dad’s shirt

Dad’s pants

Son’s shirt

Son’s bowtie

Daughter’s dress

Daughter’s sandals

Son’s shorts

 

Here I mostly focused on colors, materials, and shape.  I wanted it to feel like Easter egg colors, with a little light khaki and light chambray as neutrals to ground those fun pastels.  I’m relying on the ruffles on mom and daughter’s dresses for the texture, as well as some subtle texture in mom’s filigree earrings and daughter’s eyelet trim.  Simple textures like this add visual interest and are really preferable over a lot of patterns.  It looks so subtle and timeless!

Another little tip on patterns–notice how dad’s shirt has a large windowpane style print on it?  That’s going to photograph way better than a shirt with very tiny checks on it.  A shirt with small scale plaid or gingham can often photograph oddly–so if you choose a plaid or checked shirt, keep it a larger scale.

And one last styling tip–I’m a HUGE fan of rolling up sleeves for a more casual look!  I’d have both dad and son roll their sleeves up to their elbows to keep this looking casual and spring-y.

 

I hope this was helpful!  These are so fun to create!  If you have any requests for styles or colors, drop them below in the comments and I’ll try to help you out!  You can also pin this to your Pinterest board by hovering over the pictures!

 

Want more? Check out some other posts on what to wear for family photo sessions here:

WHAT TO WEAR FOR MATERNITY PHOTOS
WHAT TO WEAR FOR BRIGHT AND AIRY FALL FAMILY PHOTOS
WHERE TO SHOP FOR DRESSES FOR PHOTO SESSIONS
WHAT TO WEAR FOR FALL FAMILY PHOTOS
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