A good photographer would be able to capture great photographs of you and your family irrespective of the season. However, planning an outdoor photoshoot during the spring can enhance your photos even more.

A spring photo shoot is a popular option for many families. You’ll find some of the most beautiful locations full of vibrant colour and stunning flowers. This makes an excellent backdrop for most photo sessions, especially family photoshoots, fine art portraits, couples photography or a personal photo session. If you want vibrant pictures to frame and hang on the wall, there is no better time to schedule an outdoor photoshoot than in the months of spring.

It’s a time when the days get longer, it’s starting to get warmer and we can all get outside again. Winters are just too chilly, autumn can be wet sometimes, and it could get too hot during summer months. But spring? It’s just the right weather to get outside and enjoy with your family.

Spring Photoshoot in Hampton Court

I first photographed Amy when she came for a Christmas mini session a year ago. This time we met in spring and I immediately had a vision of photographing Amy in spring blossoms with a violin. I knew playing violin is her passion and therefore, I suggested that we create bespoke outdoor spring portraits of her playing violin by the river, just outside Hampton Court.

Being a local photographer in West London I always explore local outdoor spaces and nature. You can often meet me running and scouting local locations trying to remember every blossoming tree along the way that I could utilise for my next outdoor photoshoot.

What do you need to know when planning a spring family photoshoot?

What is the best time for a spring photo session?

If you would like some spring flowers in your family photographs I suggest booking a photo shoot between mid-March and mid-May. During this time we should have a wide choice of locations with stunning blossoms in the background, and hence some lovely backdrops for your photographs.

What to wear for a spring photoshoot?

Choosing the right outfit for your spring photoshoot can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you select the perfect outfit.

  1. Think about the colours: Spring is an opportunity to include bright, cheerful colours in your clothing. This doesn’t necessarily mean choosing something bold, bright pastels work equally as well at this time of year.
  2. Be careful with patterns: Patterns are a great way to add some interest to your photos but avoid really bold patterns that will distract from your images.  If you do choose to include some pattern, make sure it’s one or two pieces across family members that coordinate.  Clashing patterns will work against you!
  3. Accessorize: Accessorizing is a great way to add some personality to your photos. Consider wearing a statement necklace, a wide-brimmed hat, or a colourful scarf.
  4. Co-ordinate, don’t ‘twin’: The key to a coordinating wardrobe is to choose two or three shades and base your whole palette around those.  For example, you might choose navy and cream but let each family member wear their own style of clothes within that palette, adding little splashes of a brighter colour or a pastel to suit them.  
  5. Comfort is key when it comes to photoshoots. You’ll want to choose an outfit that you can all move and pose in easily. Avoid anything too tight or restrictive.
  6. Dress for the weather: Make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the weather on the day of your photoshoot. If it’s warm, opt for lightweight fabrics. If it’s cooler, consider layering with a cardigan or a jacket. I know it’s tempting to dress as summery as possible but spring can still be a bit chilly.
  7. Don’t forget footwear: Your footwear is just as important as your clothing when it comes to outdoor photoshoots. Consider wearing shoes that complement your outfit and that you can walk and pose in comfortably. Some locations have paved footpaths but others are a little more uneven. Feel free to ask me about this when you book.