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What to wear spring photo session Boston


Things to consider

Spring time in Boston and New England is basically 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 had my share of trying to predict this crazy weather. The main thing to keep in mind is that the weather is unpredictable and you have to select an adaptable wardrobe. Another important thing is not to just look at the temperature of the day, but rather look deeper into the details. Here are things to keep in mind when planning what to wear for your Boston spring photo session.

Highs and Lows

Boston can be quite frigid in the mornings. For sunrise sessions and even early morning sessions do keep this in mind and check for the predicted temperatures for this time of day. When you check the overall temperature of the day, it will only list the highs for the day (this usually hits around 2pm in the afternoon). By relying solely on the highs of the day, you are going be be woefully under-dressed and we may have to deal with a frozen baby.

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 just know your baby and see what’s reasonable for them.

Sample 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 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
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
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 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
Layers created two unique looks. This one is with the jacket
Boston Engagement session in Tufts
And without
Family session with baby in rainbow dress
How cute is this nugget?
Boston Family session with baby in rainbow dress
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
How sharp does he look in this adorable button down shirt and skinny leg jeans?
Family in boston commons family photography session
This is what the rest of the family wore to coordinate. LOVE
Boston Maternity session by the Charles River
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?

Vendors and Outfit Planning Tools

Hope these tips can help. I’ll add a few more additional 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 just 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 just love, check out Kodomo in Boston for cute kids wear. 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 so 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!

Alternately if you are looking for fall Boston wardrobe suggestions, click on my blog link HERE

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