You want an outdoor family session… but it’s a million degrees and you don’t want to turn into a pool of sweat. How do you look pulled together, casual, and summery, but still keep cool and comfortable during the session? How do you decide what to wear for outdoor family photos when it’s hot?!
The struggle is real, but I have answers!
Then shop these recommendations or use them as a starting point for what to wear for outdoor family photos when it’s super hot outside! These outfit ideas are all geared towards mom (because mom should always decide her outfit first!).
Check out my full style guide here for tips on how to casually coordinate the whole fam from there!
You’ll want to stay away from anything too short because it’s hard to move and play, sit/stand/twirl without seeing up the dress! But a knee or midi-length style will totally work and a fun color adds a pop of energy in spring and summer!
This is a classic piece you could wear by itself or layer with a denim jacket for other seasons. For outdoor photos when it’s hot outside, though, a breezy dress on its own would be the perfect base to compliment the rest of the family’s outfits while making sure you’re stylish and cool, too!
The skirt + tee-shirt combo keeps things casual while also stepping it up from your regular weekend ware. I love the pattern and texture in this Anthropologie skirt and it would compliment your favorite tee, tank or blouse in white or cream perfectly for a fun, summery look.
Not feeling a dress? Jumpsuits are also amazing options for something flattering but summer-friendly. They’re playful, comfy, and simple, but still super stylish so you’ll feel pulled together. Wear it on its own or with a favorite neutral tank or tee underneath!
Punch up the ultimate classic look with a light, flowy blouse and denim shorts or capris. Pair it with some simple gold jewelry and you’re ready to run in the grass or tip those toes in the sand. Neutral looks like this are great when other members of the family have a bolder taste (looking at you, little girl who wants to wear her flowery, twirly dress). The lace texture in this blouse still adds interest and would be so flattering and feminine, while keeping things cool for summer photos outside!
When all else fails and you’re still sweating at the end, don’t worry. You’ll still look like the rockstar mom you are (and I promise to edit out all pit stains :-)).
Also, I’m never opposed to wrapping up a session with some creek splashing or a wild jump in the lake to really seal the deal for fun and memorable summer family photos!
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