What to wear spring photo session Boston (texture is everything!)

Boston Family session with baby in rainbow dress
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This article is to help you find the perfect outfit for your spring family photo shoot. Springtime in Boston and New England is like living with someone with multiple-personalities. One day it’s warm and sunny, and the next could be cold and dreary. As a full-time Boston family and newborn photographer, I have spent years trying to predict this crazy weather. The main thing to keep in mind is that the weather is unpredictable. you have to select an adaptable wardrobe. This means that layering is important. Another important thing is to look a the Highs and the Lows of the temperature of the day. Here are things to keep in mind when planning what to wear for your Boston spring photo session.

High and Low Temperatures

Boston can be quite frigid in the mornings. For sunrise sessions please see the by-hour breakdown of the daily forecast. The single temperature forecast will give you the high for the day. This usually hits around 2pm in the afternoon. By relying solely on the highs of the day, you are going be woefully under-dressed. We may have to deal with a frozen baby in this case.

Father playing with child in the park in Boston Public Gardens with kids in cute outfits with flowers blooming
This beautiful day ended up being VERY warm so mama was sweating, but the kids were happy. You just never know the weather more than 2 days in advance, so I would just keep options handy! You can always return items you don’t use. Also, you should buy things you and your kids can wear again anyway. No need to buy “special occasion” clothes just for photoshoots. You can always look your best all the time!

The key to preparing for a session in Boston is to have layers. I wouldn’t recommend bare limbs unless the forecast is confident about warmer temperatures. That said, a lot of babies are indifferent to the cold. So know your baby and see what’s reasonable for them.

Sample what to wear Boston photo session Outfits

Here are some sample outfits that basically scream “spring is here!”.

New England Family photos what to wear for spring photo session
Newborn session but we were able to duck outside because it was HOT. Look at the colours of the palette: blue for the sea, violets for the blossoming flowers and white always signals a warmer time of year.
engaged couple walking with dog what to wear for boston photo session
Casual outfits with legs covered to keep warm
bride to be changes into new outfit for spring Boston engagement photos
She rocked two great outfits, so why not share both
Dad holding son. Mother holding daughter Arnold Arboretum Family session
These little ones are nicely covered up but there is still a short sleeve shirt on mom.
Family walking in Boston Public Gardens what to wear for spring photo session
Pinks and blues for this Spring palette. The romper is the most adorable blend of her parents’ colours.
Adorable boys wearing royal family inspired outfits for what to wear for spring photo session
What to wear inspired by the Royal Family

And I never get tired of outfits inspired by Princess Kate and her adorable family. Featuring Rachel Riley.

Spring Boston Engagement photo Session
I love flowy maxi dresses that match or set off the surroundings. Her yellow matches the gorgeous sunset light
What to wear for Boston photo session
See how the yellow goes so well with the flowers?
Boston City Hall wedding
City Chic always works
Boston Engagement session in Tufts during springtime
Layers created two unique looks. This one is with the jacket
Boston Engagement session in Tufts with the cherry blossoms blooming in the Spring
And without
Family session with baby in rainbow dress for a spring family photography session
How cute is this nugget?
Boston Family session with baby in rainbow dress for a spring photo shoot
This sure is a perfect outfit for spring if I do say so myself
Boy in button down shirt and skinny leg jeans in Boston Commons during a spring family photography session.
How sharp does he look in this adorable button down shirt and skinny leg jeans?
Family in boston commons family photography session during the springtime.
This is what the rest of the family wore to coordinate. LOVE
Boston Maternity session by the Charles River during sunset
Love the rich deep colours of this Boston Maternity session by the Charles River
Boston Maternity session by the Charles River with prudential center in background
They just pop against the skyline don’t they? I love barefoot as well!

Something you notice is that the colours are bright but NOT neon. Avoid anything coral or fluorescent in colour because it doesn’t photograph well and reflects terrible colours onto your face (under jaw) or your partner or baby you hold against you.

Vendors and Outfit Planning Tools

Hope these tips can help. I’ll add a few more suggestions and tips in the future so stay tuned. I wanted to have a baseline of sample images of outfits for those with sessions with me in the coming weeks.
My favourite shops online are H&M, Zara, Hanna Anderson and Rylee + Cru . I also found this adorable onesie shop called KyteBaby. I LOVE the simple, classic look of a onesie/romper. If you want to learn about an adorable local shop that I love, check out Kodomo in Boston for cute kidswear.
If you book your session with me you also will get an outfit planning tool. It will link you to a lot of online retailers. From there, you can mix and match based on a colour scheme with confidence and guidance. Hope these suggestions help answer the question of what to wear for a photo session in the Spring in Boston!
If you are looking for fall Boston wardrobe suggestions, click on my blog link HERE

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My path here is a bit different than most. I have a background in engineering and accounting/auditing. Like every good Asian daughter, I wanted to make my parents happy. With my first paycheck I bought a camera. I was instantly addicted to capturing life's details and observing people's interactions. When I moved from Toronto to Boston, I found myself without a job but with a fresh start. I got my first gig off Craigslist (crazy!) and have been fully booked ever since. The family that had booked me on Craigslist still keeps in touch with me to this day and I've photographed them quite a few times since. I've been featured in numerous publications both online and in print (Martha Stewart Weddings, Boston Magazine, The Knot). 8+ years later, you've stumbled onto my page.  

I am candid, communicative and caring. For those that know me, they know I have a pretty wicked sense of humour to get people to relax. My goal always is to ensure you are heard and that you are comfortable throughout the process. In my portfolio you can see each family's genuine happiness and comfort in their body language. It takes a lot to create the environment of trust. The rave reviews from my families afterward show you how much they care about me in return. This environment of trust builds from the beginning and I honestly attract the kindest families that allow me to create consistently strong images with heart in order to tell their story.


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