Family Photo Outfit Ideas: Spring & Summer

Do you find yourself smiling more these days? After a long winter, the changing seasons seem to bring so much joy. The lighter colors are revealed. Our toes feel free. It’s all fun and games again. Perhaps that’s why so many people choose to do family photos this time of year? Nature’s artwork is on full display with the spring bloom. It’s a great time to take pictures of your children growing on camera because it’s warmer. You are looking for family photo ideas? You’ve come to the right place!family photo outfit ideas - blue and tanfamily photo outfit ideas

It is more difficult than just pulling out a few of your favorite pieces from the closet to choose attire for a photo shoot. Why? Things that look great in person, don’t always translate on camera. And let’s be real here… Professional photos? They’re an investment! You don’t want to leave your outfit to chance.

The goal is to find a style that’s authentic to your family, but feels special at the same time.

Your outfits should be cohesive not “matchy-matchy.”

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If your head is spinning, don’t worry. We just did a spring session. I reached out to Kelly McPhail Photography for some ideas on family photo outfits. She helped us by explaining the steps step-by-step. And she’s sharing an industry secret—-the key places PhotographersShop! These brands are known for their unique textural details and clothes that create dreamy, earthy and ethereal imagery.

I’ll talk more about what we selected in a minute. But for now… Let’s jump right into Kelly’s advice! Below you will see her cute family of buttons.

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Step 1 – Location!

Before you start looking at family photos, it is important to understand the basics. think about where you’ll be taking your photos. Stilettos in the flower field It’s just not going to work out well! Discuss your vision with your photographer and go over your options for location. Naturally, the outfits you choose for a casual beach session should look very different from what you’d select for an edgy urban vibe in your city’s downtown. Remember to consider the weather. SpringIndiana, where I reside, can get cold. Make sure you have enough layers to keep your children comfortable.

family photo outfit ideasMom’s Dress (Baltic Born) | Mom’s Wedges (Nordstrom) | Baby’s Floral Skirted Bodysuit (Bloom) | Girl’s Dress (Bloom) | Boy’s Jeans (HM) | Boy’s Shirt (HM) | Dad’s Sweater (Banana Republic) | Dad’s Pants (Banana Republic) | Dad’s Shoe (Banana Republic)

Step 2: Choose YOUR OutfitFirst

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you (the mama) are the driving force behind this photo session. This is why you will be most invested in these photographs. And while you will “oh and ah” over that darling snuggle between your little people, your eye will quickly drift to anything about your own appearance you dislike. It’s not vanity; it’s human nature! Photographers recommend that moms pick their outfit first. Additionally, women’s/girl’s clothing tends to have more pattern and detail than boy’s and men’s. Here are some other tips.

  • Wear a dress– All dresses look great on camera. Maxi and mid lengths allow for the greatest freedom of movement. This allows you to get down to your child to interact with them. Are you not a fan of wearing a formal dress? It can work well with a shirt/skirt combo. Look for styles that have a slimmer waist or a defined waistline (e.g. You should choose a belt over looser/less shapeless styles that can look unprofessional in photos.
  • Do you have a favorite color? You can start there!Moms who feel beautiful spread that feeling to their family. You can also make the process easier by choosing a color that you feel comfortable in.
  • Materials matterYour photos should look a little more professional than what you are used to wearing every day. Avoid t-shirts as they can look wrinkly and messy. Look for fabrics that are flexible and resistant to wrinkles, such as silk or rayon. Chiffon, rayon silk, silk or polyester
  • Let your home décor guide you– Do you plan to hang these photos on the walls? A coffee table? Ideally, the colors of your clothing will complement your décor.
  • Texture is your friend – Crochet, chambray, chunky knits, lace, ruffles… They add beautiful dimension and interest to photographs.
  • The classic over the trendyTrends can be fun, but only in moderation. These images will be timeless and you’ll love them for decades to come. The timeless appeal of classic silhouettes is unbeatable.

casual family what to wear for a photo sessionMom’s Dress (Baltic Born) | Girl’s Dress (Janie & Jack) | Girl’s Bubble Cardigan (Chicwish) | Girl’s Sandals (Target) | Baby’s Romper (Bloom) | Boy’s Henley (Amazon) | Boy’s Jeans (Bloom) | Dad’s Henley (Old Navy)

Step 3 – Create a color palette

One you know what you’re going to wear, choose 2-3 other colors that mesh well with your outfit. You don’t need all of them to be neutral. However, at least one should pop and add life to the look. Photographers recommend muted colors over bold and saturated colors. Neon is also forbidden. Why? High-powered colors can be distracting. It is important that your family and connection are the main focus of your wardrobe. Start by going through your closet. You might already have something that you love and it will work. If not, browse Kelly’s suggestions for family photo outfit ideas. Let’s have some fun building your palette!

family photo outfit ideasDad’s Top (Nordstrom) | Boy’s Shirt (Gap Factory) | Boy’s Shorts (Bloom) | Boy’s Sandals (Amazon) | Girl’s Jumpsuit (SHEIN) | Mom’s Puff Sleeve Top (SHEIN) | Mom’s Skirt (SHEIN)

Step 4 – Do a Test Run!

Make sure you try on your look before you go. We are not talking about the night before! It is best to test your outfits at most a week ahead of time. Why? You need time to make a change if something isn’t working or doesn’t fit. Examine the style and silhouette from every angle (front, back, sides). Do a “sit test” to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions and ensure you are 100 percent comfortable. Nobody wants to be worried about their bra while cuddling their kids! What is the weather forecast for your outfits? An extra layer may be necessary for your little ones. This cute cardigan is a great option.

family photo outfit ideasDad’s Henley (Buck Mason) | Dad’s Jeans (Abercrombie) | Boy’s Jumpsuit (Carter) | Girl’s Top (Janie & Jack) | Girl’s Wide Leg Denim (Gap) | Girl’s Sandals (Amazon) | Mom’s Top (SHEIN) | Mom’s Jeans (FreePeople)

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About Our Looks…

I was looking for a lot of texture as well as a blue/neutral palette for the session. I want to frame some of these images for our walls. Although my dress deviates a bit from Kelly’s recommendation to go long, it is roomy enough in the hips to allow me to move freely. The color was springy and fresh.

I chose this JCPenney buttondown for Hudson. It feels special with its pockets and sleeve detail. This button-down is also super cute when paired with the slim Old Navy jeans. The jeans have a rib-knit waist, which is super handy since everything seems to slip down from Hudson’s tiny waist.

Finally, my hubby’s attire… This is always the most challenging. If I can convince him to take family photos, I’m not going to press my luck by asking for a shopping trip. So I was forced to search for something he likes that he already owned. We ended up choosing one of his favorite dress shirts (cuffs up) and the Eddie Bauer pants.

Family Photo Outfit Ideas: Spring & Summer

Where Photographer’s Shop – Family Photo OutfitIdeas

Now, let’s get to the good stuff… The brands photographers swear by! These fashion companies are the ones professionals use to shoot their family photos, build client closets, or shop for themselves. I’m focusing more on the websites that may be new to you, but there are also a few familiar names on the list.

Baltic Born

Baltic Born is the first. This company was new to me until Kelly introduced it to me. If you ask any photographer about the best places to shop for photoshoots they will undoubtedly mention this website. There are so many beautiful, flowing, and feminine dresses on this website that you will feel like a princess. I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of stunning styles available. It was difficult to narrow down which ones I would share with my readers. They are of high quality and look great on the camera. The best part is that you can find Baltic Born designs at a reasonable price. Nearly every item is less than $100


Another great option for women’s dresses. Jessakae has many beautiful dresses in texture and great detail. They also have all the muted colors you could need! It makes it easy to locate the right style for you by organizing its collections. It’s also very size-inclusive. There are beautiful plus-size options (up to XXXXLarge), as well as nursing friendly and petite dresses. Its flowy dresses are often fitted with a waist-defining detail, such as piping, a belt or seaming. Here are a few that sparked my imagination…


If you’re looking for something really unique that has a boutique flair, JoyFolie is a must-shop. Its girl’s and women’s offerings have an ethereal vibe sure to make you (or your little one) feel like a queen for a day. You can find many high-strung maxi dresses for girls. I can only imagine what a young lady would like to have this kind of look for family pictures and then dress up later!

Janie & Jack

Janie & Jack is known for its adorably unique children’s clothing. Texture, pattern, unique shapes? It has something that will tug at every mama’s heart strings. Janie & Jack carries styles for newborns all they way up to 16-year-olds! So many happy colors there for spring…


Regulars know that I love this brand! And for good reason… It has great quality, affordable prices and a huge selection of styles you just can’t find anywhere else. Chicwish is the brand that made the dress you see above. You will find lots of vintage-inspired pieces as well as plenty of texture. While it’s mainly for women, they also have darling options for kiddos.

Okay this post is getting a little long… so I’ll drop the other pro-photographer recommendations below in abbreviated form. Have fun shopping! As always, I’m available to answer any questions you may have.

  • Bohme (adorable boho options to women)
  • H&M (best place for kids outfits – particularly boys)
  • Bloom (in Lafayette, Ind. children’s boutique)
  • Lulu’s (women’s dresses)
  • Free People (women’s dresses)
  • Fillyboo (expensive and beautiful, but still very feminine, with many different options for women + suitable for bumps)
  • SHEIN (cheap, but exclusive options for women/kids).
  • Buck Mason (quality neutral tones for men)
  • Old Navy (affordable options available for everyone)
  • Elestory (kid’s boutique w/ stunning modern vintage attire)
  • Zara (something for everybody)
  • Anthropologie (unique pieces of clothing for women in beautiful textures)
  • Abercrombie (jeans, tops and blouses for women and men)

Dad’s Henley (Buck Mason) | Girl’s Dress (Janie & Jack) | Girl’s Sandals (Target) | Boy’s Polo (Bloom) | Boy’s Jeggings (Bloom) | Boy’s Sneakers (Amazon) | Mom’s Dress (SHEIN)

Family Photo Outfit Ideas: Spring & SummerMom’s Dress (Chicwish) | Mom’s Wedges (Nordstrom) | Dad’s Top (JCrew Factory) | Dad’s Pants (Express) | Girl’s Dress (Target) | Mary Jane’s (Old Navy) | Boy’s Button-Up (JCrew) | Boy’s Pants (JCrew) | Boy’s Boat Shoes (Kohls)

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