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What to Wear for Spring Family Photos | Eugene Oregon Photographer

Why I love spring family photos in Oregon!

This is an unpopular opinion but as a Eugene, Oregon based photographer, I believe spring is the best season for family photo sessions in Oregon. Here’s why: Spring is a magical time for blossoming new life! The earth is lush with greenery, ferns, and moss. Wildflowers grow merrily. The days are getting warmer and the sun is starting to set later. Flowy dresses that dance in the fresh breeze against moody skies just makes sense. Plus, as most creatives would agree, I am in a more inspired space as a photographer after the slower pace of winter. If you’re thinking, that all sounds amazing! But what to wear for spring family photos? Then read on because this post is for you.

Where to start when planning what to wear for family photos in the spring?

Consider a color palette that resonates with the setting

For spring family photos in Oregon, consider a color palette inspired by the vibrant and blooming season. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Soft Pastels: lights blues, blush pinks, mint greens, and soft yellows can evoke a fresh and airy feel that complements spring landscapes.
  2. Earth Tones: Embrace the natural surroundings with earthy colors like sage green, muted browns, and subtle beiges. These tones harmonize well with the lush greenery.
  3. Floral Accents: Introduce floral patterns in outfits for a touch of spring. Soft florals on dresses, skirts, or accessories can add a lovely visual element.
  4. Denim Blues: Incorporate denim blues for a classic and versatile look. Denim jackets, overalls, or jeans can anchor the color palette while still feeling seasonally appropriate.
  5. Contrast with White: White or cream provides a clean and crisp contrast, especially if your session location has vivid spring blossoms or a lush green backdrop.

**Remember to coordinate outfits without being overly matchy. Aim for a cohesive color palette that ensures everyone’s clothing complements each other and are not too uniform.

Layering options to wear for spring family photos

Spring weather in Oregon can still be a little unpredictable, so layering pieces are essential. Consider these layering options for spring family photo sessions:

  1. Lightweight Cardigans: Opt for pastels or neutral-colored lightweight cardigans for a styling layer that adds warmth without bulk.
  2. Denim Jackets: A classic denim jacket can provide a versatile and timeless layer that complements various outfits and settings.
  3. Vests: Choose lightweight vests in coordinating colors to add a stylish and functional layer, especially if the weather is on the cooler side. Just avoid puffy vest, they are not flattering.
  4. Scarves: Light, airy scarves in complementary colors can add visual interest while providing an extra layer if needed.
  5. Shawls or Wraps: Elegant shawls or wraps can be draped over shoulders, offering a sophisticated laying option, or wrapped around littles to add to the snuggly vibes.
  6. Thin Sweaters: Select thin sweaters or knit tops in spring hues for warmth without overheating.
  7. Blazers or Lightweight Jackets: Consider tailored blazers or lightweight jackets for a polished look that works well for the forecast.

**Remember to coordinate these layers within the chosen color palette to maintain a cohesive and harmonious look in your spring family photos.

The best fabric choices to wear in spring

Choosing the right fabrics for family photo sessions in spring involves considering comfort, breathability, and style. Here are a few fabric options to consider:

  1. Cotton: Lightweight and breathable, cotton is an excellent choice for spring. It keeps you cool in warmer temperatures and in comfortable for all day wear.
  2. Linen: Known for its breathability, linen is a natural fabric that works beautifully in spring. It has a relaxed and textured look that adds a touch of casual elegance to outfits.
  3. Chiffon: Ideal for dresses or scarves, chiffon is a lightweight and sheer fabric that adds a soft and delicate touch.
  4. Jersey Knit: Comfortable and flexible, jersey knit fabrics are great for a casual yet polished look. They offer movement, making them suitable for family activities during the photo session.
  5. Modal: Soft and smooth, modal fabric is comfortable against the skin and drapes well. It adds a touch of sophistication to outfits while ensuring comfort.
  6. Denim: A classic choice that works well year-round, denim is versatile and durable. Consider lighter denim options for a more spring-appropriate feel.

**Remember to choose fabrics that not only fit the spring season but are also comfortable and age appropriate for everyone in your family in Oregon’s varying spring temperatures.

Find more family photo session styling tips

Once you’ve booked a session with me, I will email you my styling guide with more in-depth styling tips. Along with instructions on how to utilize personalized styling and wardrobe selecting with my virtual styling program called Style & Select. You may also find this Styling Tips post help along with my styling Pinterest board.

FAQ for spring family photos in Eugene, Oregon

Where are the best spring locations?

For local Eugene spring locations, I love Hendricks Park, Mt Pisgah, and Alton Baker. But for truly epic views, Horse Rock Ridge, Bohemian Mountain, or Finley Wildlife Refuge are some of my favorites that are worth turning your sessions into a memorable experience and are guaranteed to create some truly priceless art for your walls.

What time is sunset in the spring?

Spring is the perfect balance for sunset timing because it’s still early enough for toddler’s bedtimes. I prefer to meet 1-2 hours before sunset, so sessions typically start around 6pm in the spring.

How do I book a spring photo session?

Yay! You’re ready to book and start planning your families spring photos! Simply fill out my contact form and expect a response from me in 2-3 business days or sooner.

When should I secure my date?

Now! Especially if you need a weekend date as they are limited. Reach out today and let’s get your date on my calendar!

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