The beginning of March ushers in thoughts of warmer days, blossoming flowers, bunny rabbits, and…spring portraits! Spring is prime time at Michael Broyles Photography for family photo shoots, especially with spring and early summer holidays on the horizon. And with the winter months behind us, it is refreshing to break out brighter, lighter outfits in anticipation of sunny summer days ahead. If you need a little inspiration for what to wear for your spring photos, look no further than the four suggestions below.
Bring on the Color
After the gray, dreary days of winter, pops of color bring smiles to faces and instantly lighten your mood. When planning your families’ spring portrait outfits, don’t be afraid to choose bright, bold colors. It is spring, after all! Looking to be on trend with this spring’s hottest colors? Look to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for their color picks for spring 2017. With a theme of “vitality, relaxation, and the great outdoors,” these color picks may just inspire you to choose a casual, outdoor setting for your next family photo shoot.
Whether you choose to rock the season’s latest colors or not, there are some things you should keep in mind regarding your outfits and color. First, you should have a color scheme in mind. This is especially important if you plan to coordinate the portrait with your home’s décor. Second, keep things simple by limiting your color choices to 2-3 complementary colors. Too many different colors in the same portrait can appear busy and distracting. A variation on this theme is to choose 2-3 shades of one color for an “ombre” effect.
Choose Coordinating (Not Matching!) Outfits
Although dressing young children in matching outfits can be very cute, having everyone sport the same outfit in a portrait is generally not a good idea. A good rule of thumb is to pair bright spring colors with a neutral color or two, such as khaki or denim. Then, mix things up a bit by having some family members wear bright tops and neutral bottoms, and others wear neutral tops and colorful bottoms. This way, color can be spread evenly throughout your portrait without being concentrated in one location.
Add Layers and Textures
Spring weather can be a bit unpredictable. One day it is warm and sunny and the next it is cold, blustery, and raining. Thus, adding layers to your outfits can be a practical way to address the finicky weather while adding color and texture to your picture. Knit scarves or sweaters, a stylish coat or jacket, and a colorful wool skirt over black leggings are great examples of layering while adding some texture and dimension. Just be sure to lay out your families’ outfits before your photo shoot to make sure everything coordinates. If an outfit feels incomplete, add an accessory like a belt, necklace, or hat to bring it all together.
A Word about Prints and Logos
Solid colors are always a safe bet when choosing your spring portrait outfit; however, there are cases where prints do work. For example, subtle prints, like polka dots or abstract patterns, can work to break up solid colors without overwhelming your outfit. On the other hand, you should avoid wearing clothing with logos and text, which are often loud, bright, and distracting. The focus of the portrait should be on your family, not on your son or daughter’s sweatshirt.
Spring may be one of the best times of the year to break out your colors for a portrait, but that does not mean black and white is out of style. If color is not your thing or if you want to go a more traditional route, Michael Broyles Photography has an offer for you! This March, we are offering a Black and White Sale with 50% off all black and white prints. Whatever your color preference, schedule a consultation with Michael Broyles Photography today for your best spring portrait tomorrow!