What to Wear: Summer Photo Session Edition

June 16, 2023


It’s no lie, summer is my favorite. I love having my kids out of school, I love having a garden, and I love feeling the sun on my skin.  As far as photography goes, summer also brings with it beautiful landscapes, vibrant colors, and a sense of adventure. If you don’t mind the chance of heat, I think it’s the perfect time to capture precious memories with your loved ones.  As you plan for your photo session, one aspect that deserves careful consideration is your choice of clothing. The right outfits can dramatically affect the mood and aesthetic of your final product.  I always offer wardrobe assistance to my clients, but sometimes it’s nice to have a written resource to come back to, too. That’s why today, I’m going to offer some valuable tips on what to wear for your summer photo session, ensuring you look and feel your best.

Embrace the Breathability of Cotton

When it comes to summer attire, nothing beats the comfort and breathability of cotton fabric. Opt for lightweight and natural fibers that allow air to circulate and keep you cool during the session. Cotton dresses, tops, or shirts will not only provide a relaxed and comfortable fit but also add a touch of effortless elegance to your photos.

Choose Colors That Complement

Consider selecting a color that you have received compliments for while wearing. Think about the hues that flatter your skin tone and make you feel confident. I love helping with this! Colors like coral, turquoise, or sunshine yellow can evoke a cheerful and lively atmosphere in your pictures. Soft pastels such as lavender, mint green, or baby blue can bring out a sense of tranquility and serenity. Ultimately, choose colors that resonate with your personality and make you shine. If you’re particularly interested in learning more about what colors are best for you, check out Created Colorful; I had a personal color analysis done about 2 years ago and it was…dare I say life changing? It was! Lindsay and her team are amazing.  You can find her on IG, too.

Embrace Subtle Patterns

Incorporating subtle patterns into your outfits can add depth and visual interest to your photos. Opt for delicate floral prints, fine stripes, or small polka dots that complement the overall aesthetic without overwhelming the composition. Subtle patterns can provide a visual contrast while ensuring the focus remains on you and your loved ones.

Avoid Matching Your Children in Identical Outfits

While coordinating outfits can create a cohesive and visually pleasing look, it’s best to avoid dressing your children in identical clothing. Instead, choose complementary colors or patterns that showcase their individual personalities. This approach adds diversity and personality to the photographs, allowing each family member’s uniqueness to shine through.

For Men, Choose Collared Shirts or Plain Fitted T-shirts

Men can opt for a sophisticated yet relaxed look by choosing either a collared shirt or a plain fitted t-shirt. A well-fitted collared shirt, such as a classic linen or chambray option, gives a polished and timeless feel. Alternatively, a plain fitted t-shirt in a solid color can offer a contemporary and casual vibe, perfect for capturing the essence of a carefree summer day.

Selecting the right attire for your summer photo session is an essential aspect of creating beautiful and meaningful memories. Remember, the goal is to create a harmonious ensemble that reflects your unique style and personality. So, go ahead, dress to impress, and let the warmth and joy of summer shine through in your cherished photographs.

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newborn + motherhood Photographer

ABOUT leslie

Now that I'm a mom, I know the secret: we don't know everything. We are growing and changing, right alongside our little ones. 
Motherhood is sanctifying, changing me in ways I never expected.

My days may seem filled with NERF bullets, diapers, and endless laundry, but they are really filled with moments of profound connection and love as I raise my babies.

Through my lens, I strive to celebrate the beauty of motherhood in all its forms. From the messy chaos to the quiet moments, I want to honor the sacred bond between you and your child and capture the joy and wonder that it brings.

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