The kids are out of school, vacation days are saved up…summer is a season ripe for making family memories. While fall and winter photos tend to be on the formal side, summer is generally more relaxed. You can also take advantage of beautiful outdoor landscapes. So, how do you dress for a casual backdrop and still look polished? Let us help you find the perfect outfit. Find ideas on what to wear for family pictures to complement your summer setting.
Pics by the Ocean
The beach is likely already a favorite family spot, or you could plan a shoot during a destination vacation. Ocean breezes can add movement and life to your photo. Tunic tops for summer will match the serene and easygoing vibe. Lightweight and comfortable, pair the loose-fit style top with a slimmer silhouette pant. White stretch capris or jeans will make the colors of your tunic pop. Flattering beach theme colors for your family could be greens, blues, or neutrals. If you’re in a more tropical location, punch up the photo with bright colors.
Nature-centric backdrops like trees, flowers, or grass make beautiful photos. Shoot at the local park or even in your own backyard. A grassy background in particular can have a playful energy. Consider leggings. You can find neutrals, denim, or cropped leggings to fit your outfit. Comfort is key for a photo shoot. You’ll get more natural poses, especially if you want to capture a few action shots playing with the kids. For a top, avoid wearing green so that you don’t blend in. Choose a cheerful, summery color, such as papaya, yellow, aqua, or pink.
There’s something charming about a woodsy or country background with touches of softness. Start with a pair of jeans that you look and feel great in. Add texture and a delicate element with a lace or eyelet top. Denim is a classic look that will stand the test of time. While it’s tempting to put the whole family in jeans, you don’t want to be too “matchy-matchy.” For example, someone else could wear a denim jacket or a chambray button-down top along with neutral pants. Cream and oatmeal tones are lovely rustic shades to coordinate with your denim look.
Basic “Dos” and “Don’ts” for a cohesive family photo
- Don’t: Wear distracting logos or graphic T-shirts
- Do: Bring in a variety of textures. Balance out prints with solids.
- Don’t: Wear exactly matching outfits
- Do: Create cohesion with color coordination or tonal color themes
- Don’t: Go with trends that are likely to last one season
- Do: Choose simple, classic pieces that make you the star
You’ll look back on family photos for years to come. Have the perfect outfit ready for your summer family photo. Find the pieces above, plus more camera-ready outfits here.