What to wear to your summer photo shoot

What to wear to your summer photo shoot

Choosing what to wear to a photography session, can be some what stressful! So, in this “what to wear to your summer photo shoot” blog. I would like to take that stress away. And help you with choosing something comfortable but practical and works perfectly well with the chosen location.

Firstly, I have to say, I can’t express enough how excited I am to be back to photographing all the families and little babies (safely of course).

Summer time is also one of my favourite seasons, those beautiful warm evenings, all the flowers, the sunset, it just makes my heart sing.

Below I have put together some tips for choosing a summer wardrobe with a family photo shoot in mind.


Choosing a colour palette is actually very important when it comes to a family photography session. You can choose from 2-4 different colours, that compliment one another.

The easiest way to do this, is looking at different tones, such as, pastels, earthy, neutral etc.

For example, in the image here, white, pink and blue work well together. As well as with the location.

If you’re struggling in putting colours together, you can’t go wrong with a neutral palette. Here are some ideas you can browse through on my Pinterest board.

Barnsley family portraits, outdoor summer sunset shoot

My outdoor sessions take place in fields, parks and woodlands. Places where I want children and parents to have a little fun and enjoy the nature too.

I want you to feel your best and most comfortable at the session. I want you to look back at your photos and see your true self, your childrens little personalities and connections. Choosing a lovely outfit that’s comfortable, really helps achieving that.

Although most of my families like to dress up a little, I always advice to keep it more simple, a nice summary day dress or jeans and summer shirt always work well.



The biggest no, no when it comes to picking an outfit for a photo session is anything with big logos, cartoon characters, text or huge prints.

You and your family is the main focus in all the photographs, therefore it’s of importance that we don’t draw attention away from that.

Also avoid miss matching colours.

Barnsley Photographer, summer photoshoot

I hope you’ve found this “what to wear to your summer photo shoot” blog useful. Below you’ll find some kids clothing inspirations, from 4 different retailers. You can click on the photo and it will take you through to the retailer website.

For any more information or if you would like to book a photo shoot just leave a comment or drop me a message I would be very happy to help.

what to wear to your photoshoot, summer wardrobe, zara
what to wear to your photoshoot, summer wardrobe, zara boys
summer wardrobe, what to wear to your photoshoot, marks and spencer
summer wardrobe, what to wear to your photoshoot
what to wear to your photoshoot, summer wardrobe, next boys
what to wear to your photoshoot, summer wardrobe, next girls
what to wear to your photoshoot, summer wardrobe, H&M girls
what to wear to your photoshoot, summer wardrobe, H&M boys

Taking Professional Photos With Your Phone

Taking Professional Photos With Your Phone

So I am going to admit as a professional photographer, I’ve always been totally rubbish at taking more professional photos with my phone. Knowing what I can do with my camera, always stopped me from trying to do a better job.

But, since the lockdown I’ve been working on improving my smartphone photography skills.

I have to admit they don’t turn out the same as they do with my big camera. But I’ve managed to capture some lovely memories of the kids and be happy with the result.


Light is the absolute key to photography. Without good light it’s hard to take a nice photo. The same applies to smart phone photography. The direction of light and how harsh it is, plays a big part in the final image.

When taking a photo, always make sure your subjects face is lit well. I always try and find a room with the best light (where it’s not too harsh or too dark). If the rooms in your house are fairly dark, try and get as close to the window as you can.


Try different angles. If you’ve found a room with good light or you’re taking photos outside, play around. A lot of the time we pick our phone up and are guilty of, just snapping away. Looking straight on to the subject, with the phone held in upright position.

Try to photograph from above or below (maybe when your little ones are busy playing). Simply turning the phone landscape can also give you some more interesting images.


Camera settings vary depending on the smartphone manufacturer. But these are the things that can be done on every phone:

Turn your grid on – to help make sure you’re taking your photos straight (I’m terrible for taking my photos on a slight angle without a grid). And play around with where on the grid you’d like to place your subject.

Focus point – always use it to make sure exactly what you want is in focus.

Keep HDR turned on (High Dynamic Range). This helps balance highlights and shadows, creating an image that resembles more of what our human eye sees.

Stay away from camera flash. Unless it’s unavoidable, for example at night or really low light situations. It tends to make the image worse. When used you’ll find that you might have over lit skin, unwanted red eyes and a flat look to your images. And generally it just ruins the quality.

Avoid zoom at all costs. When using smartphone zoom, it doesn’t just zoom in, it actually crops your images. Resulting in a very poor quality photo.


There are various apps you can download onto your phone for free or at a small cost. My favorite ones are Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile.

Lightroom Mobile is fantastic but can take a little while to get used to. I do use it on all my smartphone edits. And mainly stick to adjusting Light (so exposure, contrast and highlights). As well as crop tool, and I occasionally adjust the temperature.

Snapseed is also pretty great, there are some amazing looks you can choose from or edit your photo manually. Again, I keep it pretty simple. Either changing my images to black and white or playing around with exposure and contrast.

I hope this has been helpful and you can create some gorgeous memories with your kids whilst in lockdown and afterwards. I would love to see what you’ve come up with <3. 

Anna x