It’s finally that time of year! 🌼 The winter coats have been tucked away, the dandelions, daffodils and bluebells are blooming, and the weather conditions are prime for a spring picnic. If the rising temperatures are calling for a spring photoshoot, we’ve gathered a bouquet of tips and spring photoshoot ideas from around the world for beautiful photos!
1. Plan ahead for blossoms
If you’re dreaming of a spring photoshoot with special blooms, such as the cherry blossoms in Washington DC, some extra planning is required. These famous trees only hit “peak bloom” in the Tidal Basin for a couple of days each year, so be sure to do the necessary research to bring your dream photos to life! 🌸
Even if you miss the short window for photos, we guarantee there is still an abundance of blooms for beautiful photos. From the bright pink magnolia trees in a local park to wildflowers in an open field, your photographer likely has recommendations, too. 📸
Here are a few of our other favourite places to see cherry blossoms around the world.
2. Add a pop of colour
Add in a pop of colour to your shoot with your outfits. When color-coordinating, our tip is to match solid colours, but refrain from matching exactly. His blue shirt and jeans combo matches her blue dress. This couple coordinated perfectly; and their outfits balance well with these simple blues! 💙 Get more style inspiration from our official style guide.
3. Choose soft pastels
If you want to incorporate spring colours but let the background of your photos shine too, opt for outfits in an array of neutral pastels. This family used different hues of blue to coordinate with each other for a timeless look in their family photoshoot, and the greens and pinks of springtime in Paris perfectly complement their outfits.
For soft and flattering natural light, we recommend booking your shoot during golden hour, which is the hour after sunrise and before sunset where the sun is lower on the horizon. ✨ We also recommend opting for an early morning photoshoot in popular destinations, like the Eiffel Tower, so you’re not fighting the crowds for great photos!
4. Bring flowers
If your shoot location is in the city where spring flowers may not be abundant in the background of your photos, bring a bouquet of your favourite blooms as a prop! They add a beautiful pop of colour and create a fun “Sunday at the farmers’ market” vibe for your photos. 👩🌾 We love how these friends incorporated tulips into their Amsterdam shoot, which the Netherlands are famous for, of course! Our tip? Spend an afternoon picking out the perfect blooms with your loved ones for the shoot, and then enjoy your bouquet all week long in your home or hotel.
Travelling to Amsterdam? 🌷 The Keukenhof Botanical Gardens are arguably the best place in the world to see countless rows of tulips in a rainbow of colours!
5. Mix up patterns & solids
Still feeling overwhelmed about choosing the perfect outfits for your photo session? 🤔 Our tip is to not just vary the patterns, but think about texture and the type of clothing too. These friends exploring the winding streets of Venice chose a variety of clothing instead of matching dresses: a jumpsuit, a skirt and pants. 👗 While one friend chose an all-over pattern of stripes, her other friends balanced with a print on top and a print on the bottom. We love how they matched the colours of their outfits with the colours of Venice, too!
6. Wear what’s comfy
Our number one style tip is to simply wear clothes you feel comfortable in! 🥰 It’s hard to feel confident and effortless in clothes that don’t fit right, scratchy fabrics or those really cute shoes that always give you blisters. Natural fabrics, like cotton and linen, are breathable and comfortable for everything from a maternity photoshoot to family portraits.
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7. Match the little ones
If a spring photoshoot is an excuse for anything, it’s matching clothes! Those first few years with your little one are fleeting, so take advantage of the time where you can still match with each other for family pictures without complaint. 😉 When wearing matching prints, we recommend choosing 1-2 colours from your outfit and dressing the rest of your crew in solid, neutral clothing to coordinate.
8. Hunt for the blossoms
If it’s still early in the season and the trees are just beginning to bud, make your photoshoot even more fun by turning your spring photo session into a flower-hunting game. 🔍 This is an especially great activity if you have kids in tow! It not only keeps them engaged and entertained as you search for beautiful blooms, but also makes for great, candid images of your time exploring the streets of your destination together. Of course, this game is suitable for all ages because you’re never too old for a flower hunt!
9. Turn rain to rainbows
As they say, April showers bring May flowers. ☔️ If sprinkles are in the forecast for your session, don’t despair! Photo props, such as a colourful umbrella or stylish rain jackets, are a fun way to add colour to a grey day and embrace the weather. Jumping in puddles to the soundtrack of “Singing in the Rain” is highly encouraged!
10. Add bokeh
Finally, we have a spring photo tip you can try with your own camera! 🤳The “bokeh” effect is when parts of the photo are out of focus, such as these close-up flowers blurred in the foreground of a photo. If you’re trying this with an iPhone, use portrait mode and put a few colourful flowers close to the lens while keeping your subject in focus. This blurred effect creates beautiful spring vibes, and it can even be a great way to hide unwanted distractions in your photo!
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