What To Wear For Summer Family Photos


Are you looking for some ideas on what to wear for summer family photos? The sunniest season for outdoor family photos is a time when you can play with your outfit colors. Let’s take a peek at what this family chose to wear for their summer family photoshoot on a bright sunny day in Seattle.

Summer Family Photo Fabrics

The warmth of summer means that you’ll want to stay cool and comfortable. Embrace the season and don’t be afraid to incorporate some fun colors and easy patterns that will showcase family personalities. Opt for light and breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and chambray. These materials allow for easy movement and will keep you looking fresh and relaxed in your summer family photos.

Wear A Cohesive Color Palette

A color palette that flows well together can make your summer family photos look harmonious. Think about the location and choose colors that complement, rather than compete with, the environment. Soft pastels, muted tones, and neutrals are great choices for a beach or garden setting. For a more vibrant look, try what this family pulled together. They did a great job incorporating fun patterns and textures for their girls while including little pops of color.

Bring Fun Accessories

Is it sunny in the Summertime? Yes, and that’s why it can be fun to add in some fun accessories like sunglasses, sun hats, sandals, and fun jewelry that feels light. For kids, consider fun and playful accessories like bowties, headbands, or colorful shoes – be mindful not to overdo it so that the accessories don’t completely take over. These little touches can add personality to your summer family photos.

Test Your Outfits

You may not think of doing this, but take the extra time to try on your family outfits before your photoshoot. You’ve put in the work of planning what to wear, so it’s worth it to make sure that everyone feels like themselves, the fits work and the kids haven’t outgrown the clothes you’ve taken the time to pull. When I work with clients, I always ask them to send pics of family members wearing their outfits. It helps me to visualize, but it also helps you to see the entire picture, ensuring your summer family photos are perfect.

Let Personalities Shine

This one is so important. What made this family photoshoot so successful, carefree, and effortless was how each family member was simply allowed to be themselves. The parents did such a great job letting their girls be silly and playful. This allowed me to simply move around them and observe their personalities as I was snapping pictures. The girls definitely had a say in what they wanted to wear and it gave them the freedom to express themselves naturally. Let them have a say in what they want to wear, compromise if needed, and it will result in summer family photos that feel good for them too.

Now Booking Summer Family Photos

Choosing what to wear for summer family photos doesn’t have to be stressful. By embracing family dynamics, coordinating colors, and considering the location, you can create beautiful and cohesive looks that highlight your family’s unique style. I’m always happy to help you coordinate outfits and colors if you need my help. For this client, we communicated via text about one month prior to ensure everyone was happy with the results. A little bit of planning for your summer family photos goes a long way. The results will speak for themselves.

Interested in capturing some summer family memories this year? Visit my website online to see more of my work with Seattle families, and when you’re ready, book a spot with me directly online. This year, I’m offering 15% off all one-hour session for family and couple sessions. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you soon!

what to wear for summer family photos
with love,
Maria Alcantara