What to wear – Spring Family Session in Boston MA

Alana Sousa

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Figuring out what the whole family will wear for your Family Photo Session in Boston can be overwhelming. I KNOW! That’s why I prepared this post with some helpful tips for you. Buckle up!

*Just a quick heads up: this post was written back in 2022, so some of the links mentioned might be not available anymore.

#1 Choose your palette first.

Pick a palette of 3-4 colors. Let this be your starting place. Think in terms of tones: blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, etc.

Everyone in the family can express their own sense of style within the chosen color palette, and the whole group will coordinate beautifully.

#2 Coordinate, Don’t Match,

Colors that complement each other are the best choice. Don’t matchy-matchy. Need some inspiration? Check out the boards bellow.

#3 Textures and Layers

Choose different textures that will give photos some interest such as lace, denim, and knits. Layers will provide more visual interest in each photo and will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses.

#4 Comfort

Wear something you feel awesome and beautiful in. Ensure it’s an outfit you’ve worn before and you know it’s comfortable.

X Say NO to:

X Logos They are distracting

X Small Plaid and Stripes They cause an effect called moire, meaning: It causes an irregular wavy finish on a fabric. Your printed photos will present distortion

X Bright White Off white, ivory, and creamy work way better.

X Very satured colors or very dark colors

X Sleeveless or Strapless Clothes

X Oversized clothing

I put together four family outfit combinations with links to give you some ideas and get you started.

Men Outfit || Maxi Dress ||

Stripped Dress || Yellow Ballet Flats || Floral Romper || Brown Sandal

|| Boy’s two piece set || Double Buckle Sandal

Blush Floral Dress || Women’s heels || Blue sweater || Slim Fit Jean || Boy’s off white Shirt || Blue shorts

Navy Blue Sandals || Blush Textured Overall || Girl’s white sandals || Denim Dress || Blue Sandals

Green Jumpsuit || Button Down shirt || Green Pant || Belt || Boy’s Green Shirt || Pull-on shorts || Slip-on Shoes

Overall Shorts || White flat sandal || Floral Dress || Strap sandals

Yellow Jumpsuit || Men’s Jeans || Ivory Dress || Yellow Dress || Blue Printed Shirt || White Shorts ||

Tan Strappy Sandals


Bohme – My favorite for dresses and jumpsuits

Baltic Born – Amazing Women’s Dresses

Lulus – Women’s Dresses

Shein – Options for the whole family for a cheap price

Zara – Options for everyone

Jcrew – For everyone

Old Navy /Gap – For everyone

H&M – My favorite for kid’s clothing

Morning Lavender – Beautiful Women’s Dresses

JC Penney – For everyone

Target – Great for kids outfits

Amazon – Always a good idea

Nothing Fits But – Maternity Dresses

Seraphine – Maternity Clothes

Asos – Maternity Dresses

Still not sure of what to wear? I am your photographer and I am here to help you. A lot of clients sometimes like to email over some phone snaps of their outfits to make sure they’ll work or not, which I’m absolutely happy to help with! 


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