Spring has finally arrived; you've scheduled a family photoshoot and picked a location. Now it's time to plan the outfits!

I want to begin by saying that THE MOST IMPORTANT thing you should wear is....whatever you are comfortable in! If you want to wear leg warmers with a ball gown, then do it! There are no right or wrong outfits to wear for your photoshoot. The whole point of the shoot is to capture a memory of you or your family, the images should therefore reflect who you are.

Having said that, if you would like some help to find an outfit, read on.


I recommend including all family members in the clothing decisions. If someone feels uncomfortable in their outfit, it can impact their enjoyment of the shoot, and it might show in the images. Choose outfits that everyone feels at ease in, making sure it matches the overall style and color scheme for the family.


I would avoid completely matching outfits. Instead, you should consider buying clothes on the same color palettes. Utilize resources like Pinterest to explore spring color palettes, offering inspiration and guidance for coordinating your family's attire. Search "spring color palette" on Pinterest for ideas selecting cohesive colors that evoke the essence of the season.

Instead of matching, you want everyone to blend together subtly. I have included a spring color palette below. You should pick 3 or 4 colors from the same palette and dress your family in those colors.

It's best to steer clear of prints whenever possible. If you do opt for prints, I recommend avoiding mixing them, as they can easily clash. For example, it's best not to have one family member wearing plaid while another wears floral.

Think muted colors. I recommend steering clear of overly vibrant or bold colors as they can be distracting. While you want to showcase your stylish outfits, you don't want them to steal the spotlight. Keep the focus on your family and the connection you share.


Opt for light and breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, or chiffon. These materials not only keep you comfortable but they also flow gracefully, adding an ethereal quality to your photos. Flowy dresses, skirts, or loose-fitting shirts are excellent choices for a springtime shoot.

Graphic with eye colors in bronze circles and green leaves, pink, peach, yellow, mint, pale blue, blue, grey blue, white


Spring offers a vibrant color palette, and what better way to complement it than by incorporating nature-inspired accessories. For example, floral headbands add a whimsical touch.


Adding texture to your outfits can bring depth and visual interest to the photographs. Consider incorporating textures like lace, knit, or linen to introduce layers.


When selecting outfits, strike a balance between timeless and trendy. While trendy pieces can add flair, timeless outfits ensure your photos remain relevant and cherished for years to come. Classic silhouettes, neutral tones, and versatile accessories contribute to a timeless and elegant aesthetic.

aurora family photography, maternity photoshoot.  pregnant Mom holding baby girl & smiling at camera


Ensure everyone looks their best by paying attention to grooming. I take lots of candid and detail shots, which might include close up shots of hands and hair. If your nail polish is chipping, now would be a good time to remove it, or apply a fresh coat.

aurora family photoshoot.  family of 3.  Dad holding baby girl & kissing moms head


Unless you are lucky enough to live in a place where the weather is pretty predictable, it is a good idea to layer. Cardigans, jackets and scarves can make all the difference if the temperature suddenly drops. But they won't cover up your pretty outfits like a coat will.


Have you decided on a location with your photographer? Will you opt for a casual beach session, or will you dress up downtown? Will you have a boho creek session, an upscale hotel or a trendy rooftop? Consider the location you have chosen then pick an outfit that works with the location, or vice versa!



  • Oversized clothing
  • Clothes with logos or characters (they are distracting)
  • Thin stripes and plaids may appear distorted in photos.
  • Neon colors. They can reflect on your skin which will show up in your photos
  • Athletic shoes and character shoes
  • Baseball caps


  • Muted, neutral tones within the same color palette
  • Layers
  • Light, flowy fabrics
  • Classic silhouettes
  • Grooming

Connect for Personalized Guidance:

If you find yourself unsure about your outfit choices or need personalized advice, feel free to reach out to me. I'm here to offer feedback and ensure your family looks and feels their best during this special springtime photoshoot. I also include access to my client closet with my Whole Story Package.

Your comfort and confidence are paramount, and I'm here to support you every step of the way. Let's create stunning memories together!