Just for you, here are some tips to ensure your Spring outdoor photoshoot, such as my Bluebell Photoshoot, is stress free and flawless...
1. Wear layers. Spring can be finicky in the sense that you can go from frozen to over heated in a matter of minutes. I suggest wearing layers - vest top, t-shirt, cardigan, scarf, etc. That way each family member can peel off, or add, a layer as they see fit and remain comfortable throughout the photo session.
2. Location is a big deal. You better believe we're going to take advantage of the fresh, warm air and all those flowers popping up from the ground and buds in the trees. If you have any favourite photoshoot locations, let me know. I have a nice list on hand, too.
3. Play into the colours of the season when choosing your family's outfits. Fresh pops of green, blue, pink and yellow are always a hit in the springtime. I recommend choosing a colour theme for the whole gang, then slightly deviating from that with accessories to keep things interesting. Book your girls for a magical photo session in big floaty dresses. Look in places such as shein.com, H&M, eBay, Monsoon, Next, Boden, White Company... find something simple to make sure the focus is on the person being photographed rather than their clothing. Avoid bold patterns, words and big logos. Get in touch with me to plan what to wear for your photoshoot- I'd love to help you prepare. Remember my golden rule... less is more.
4. Speaking of accessories: wear them if you like, but avoid anything too bold - less is more! Choose jewelry, scarves, or prints that play into the spring theme. Butterflies, flowers, insects, etc, can make for some adorable family pictures.
5. Time it right. Book a photo session too early and you may miss out on those spring buds. Book too late and you've already wandered into summer territory. Keep an eye on the weather and give your photographer a call when the time is right. For my bluebell photo sessions I always visit the bluebell woods regularly to ensure those beautiful native flowers are in the best condition for your family photoshoot.
6. Incorporate props. Spring offers some beautiful backdrops where props blend in perfectly. For example, old wooden chairs look stunning in a sea of blooming rose bushes, and a quilted blanket is lovely on the fresh, green grass. If you have something you'd like to incorporate into your photo shoot, get in touch with me beforehand so I can work it into the session. I also have a variety of props that I can bring along, so it's good to talk beforehand and plan ahead so we get exactly what you want from your photoshoot.
7. Really think about your footwear. Spring can often mean a soggy ground, so flip-flops or heels are not the best choice. Instead, wear something that's comfortable and spring appropriate, like loafers, flats or boots.