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What to wear to a summer session + why you should book one.

“It’s getting hot [out] here!” – Nelly + Niesha 

It’s starting to heat up here in Southeast Texas (like 11 months out of the year lol).

There are like a million different blog posts and guides on how to prepare for family sessions but nothing on what to wear to summer sessions.

Self explanatory? Maybe.

It can easily get to 100℉ or higher here in Texas, but during the early morning hours and late evenings I loooove the temp. Or course add in humidity and it immediately feels like 5 degrees warmer.

Today I’m sharing what to wear to a SUMMER session AND why you should book one.

What to wear to a summer session?

Clothes  – Wear light fabrics that let you breathe, but still look great. As always, coordinate colors instead of matching.

  • Girls: Jumpsuits, rompers, shorts & a tank top, dresses. It’s OK to show some skin 🙂
  • Guys: Have some fun with your shorts. Salmon and tan colors work as well as other light colors. Pair it with a nice top with 2-3 colors. 

Shoes – Choose shoes that are comfortable and summery. Flip flops, loafers, open-toed pumps, even sweet sneakers on your kiddos.

Props – Summer is in season and that means props are too. Consider bringing a beach ball, in-season flower, balloons, giant lollipop or messy ice cream cone that complements your session theme or outfit to make things fun. 

Accessorize – Add a sun hat or some shades for an extra flare. 

Your smile – One of our favorite things to see, so make sure you wear this one. 

Reasons to book a summer session.

More Light = More Time

During the summer months we have more daylight hours. All on-location or outdoor sessions take place an hour to an hour and a half after sunrise (8 – 9:00am) or an hour before sunset (usually between 6:30 – 8:00pm).

This is when that beautiful, soft even light comes into play. We don’t shoot during the day unless it’s a wedding or a marathon even. In those cases we find shade when we can.

During the fall, winter, and most of spring, Daylight Savings ends and it gets dark as early as 6:00pm. Which means we’d be shooting at around 4:30-5:00pm or so. Not exactly ideal for our working families.

We can take our time instead of racing to beat the sun (or moonlight).

Schedule Availability

Another pro to having more light is the availability -for you and me. During the summer months school is out and there’s more time to spend with your family and friends. That also means the schedules a little less tighter than usual. Plus, you’re beating the fall rush and ensuring you have a date on the calendar. You have a much better chance at getting everyone together as a family or making time for senior photos during the summer.

No sold out stores or inconvenient shopping. 

Wardrobe – Add in the ability to shop without bumping into the person next to you and it’s really golden. Stores are a lot less busy and you can usually find what you’re needing when it comes to accessories and wardrobe. Hardly anything, except swimsuits and sandals, are sold out during the summer.

Activities + Session Types.

This should be a no-brainer but there’s literally countless session themes or types you can do during the summer months. You can almost find any reason or activity to book a summer session for.

Wanna go to the beach or lake? Have at it. It’s summer. Make a trip out of it and book your session after you’ve had some fun in the sun.

Still think it’s too hot. Schedule an in-home studio session in a temperature controlled environment or cool down ice cream or “sweet treats” session at one of our local creameries or bakeries.

 

That’s a wrap.

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s blog post on what to wear to a summer session and reasons to book one. I really think summer sessions are overrated. There’s tons to work with and I truly believe the pros outweigh the cons. Which the only con I can even think of is the heat. Then again, I am totally against taking winter photos outdoors and start to shiver if it drops below 60 ℉.

Ready to book a summer session for yourself, teen, or family? Click here to get started. 

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