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Spring Style Guide: What to Wear For Your Photo Session | Philadelphia's Western Suburbs & Main Line Family & Newborn Photographer

Updated: May 29

The most common question I am asked before a session is "what should I wear?". This is actually pretty important, as your clothing choices will effect not only the look and style of your session, but how you FEEL during your session. Do yourself a favor and make sure you think about what you'll be wearing at least two weeks before your session, otherwise you'll end up - running late, uncomfortable, and unconfident in your last minute decision (pretty much me every time I leave the house).

Your clothing doesn't need to be new, or fancy and definitely shouldn't be something that doesn't feel like you. This is not the time to wear heels if you hate heels - and honestly if you do wear them, limit yourself to wedges which are more practical for outside sessions). Throw out all your perceptions of what you should wear and choose something you love to wear. You can be as simple as a t-shirts and jeans or dress up more in a button-down shirt or dresses. There is no right or wrongjust be true to yourself.

With all that in mind, and to help you get started, I've shared some spring photo session outfit inspiration. These are based on some of my favorite looks from previous sessions. I hope this makes you feel more at ease as you plan your and your family's outfits!

Florals for spring? Original, I know! I was originally going to have a whole section dedicated to them, but I decided it was way more fun to incorporate them into all four! I'm a sucker for flowers, what can I say.

1. Light & Airy Neutrals

While I don't always recommend wearing whites and lighter colors, I think they look so fresh this time of year and really compliment the springtime flowers. Instead of white, you might want to consider off whites, creams, beiges, and light grays, which will be more complimentary to skin tones and better blend with your natural setting.

older sister kissing younger sister on head udring

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2. Easter Inspired Pastels

While I often recommend staying away from a lot of color, springtime is the best time to embrace these fun pastels! Fun florals and light colors mimic all the beautiful spring flowers and bright greens of the new leaves. Mix and match colors and patterns and include lots of neutrals to keep things balanced. If you are choosing a color, make sure it really compliments your skin tones and brings out the best of you!

Springtime family session with young couple and baby in front of a historic stone house in Valley Forge National Historical Park / Chester County Lifestyle Photographer

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3. Fresh Blues

Blue is one of my favorite colors and it looks so good in spring and summer photos! It really helps make the green pop! You can never go wrong when choosing to coordinate around this color. And you'll likely already have plenty in your wardrobe to use as a starting point, making it even easier! The trick to not make it overly matching is to use plenty of different shades and textures. There is such a range of options and you can use grays, purples and greens to compliment.

boy in lavender field during summer family session at Warwick Furnace Farm / Chester County Lifestyle Photographer

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4. Light, Muted Earth Tones

Earth tones are one of the most popular choices when choosing a color scheme for a photo session. They're my top rated choice year round, as they go with everything and are typically flattering on everyone! For the spring, I recommend lightening up some of these colors to keep your images feeling a bit more bright and airy. This is the perfect time to pull out all your sage greens and blush pinks.

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