Tips to Prepare for your Spring Portrait Session / Toledo, Ohio Family Photographer

January 29, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

"No matter how long the Winter, Spring is sure to follow."



January is oh so close to coming to an end and soon we will be welcoming the month of February.  Here in Northwest Ohio our winter thus far has been scarce.  Rain has been more plentiful than snow leaving our area often dreary and dark.  As a resident of Ohio my entire life, I welcome snow each and every winter.  During the years when we find ourselves without the beauty of falling snowflakes that leave us in a picturesque winter wonderland my thoughts quickly turn to those of warmer months and the welcoming of spring.  

My photography planner is beginning to fill with anticipated spring portrait sessions.  Today I am sharing a few tips to help make planning for your spring session less stressful allowing for flawless spring portraits!  Here we go...


1.  Wear layers.  Spring can be finicky in the sense that we can go from frigid to flushed in a matter of minutes.  For spring portraits I suggest wearing layers-tank tops, tee shirts, cardigans, jackets, and lightweight scarves.  This allows family members to peel off, or add, a layer to remain comfortable throughout our session.


2.  Location, location, location.  Ideally, we are going to be taking advantage of the fresh, warm air and all the colorful buds popping up from the ground and in the trees.  Clients might be surprised the various portraits we can capture with one lone tree in bloom!  If you have a favorite location, let me know.  I have a nice list on hand as well.  Together, we can find the ideal backdrop for your portrait needs!


3.  Play into the colors of the season when selecting your outfits.  Fresh pops of green, blue, pink, and yellow pair well with the beautiful color we find around us when spring hits.  For family portraits I recommend choosing an overall color theme for your entire crew, then slightly deviating from that with the addition of accessories to keep your portraits visually pleasing.  


4.  Speaking of accessories....wear them!  Accessorize your outfits with jewelry, scarves, hats, and belts that play into the spring theme.  Butterflies, flowers, and even cute insects (hello...mama of 5 boys!) can make for adorable family portraits!


5.  Props have their place.  Spring offers some lovely backdrops where props blend in perfectly without distracting.  For example, worn wooden chairs and crates look stunning in a sea of blooms.  A pastel quilt can be ideal atop fresh, green grass.  We can get creative with bubbles (great for young children) or even a fresh bouquet of blooms that we can incorporate into posing.  Interested in adding a tasteful prop to your session?  Feel free to inquire what chairs, crates, and quilts I have on hand!


6.  Finally, take into careful consideration your footwear.  Spring often provides us with a soggy ground.  Flip flops and heels may not be the best decision when planning for your portrait session.  Often, flats, boots, and sandals are more spring appropriate. 



Are you ready to book your Spring 2020 portrait session with Kelly Lindsay Photography?  Now scheduling children, family, and senior portraits!  Hop on over to the Contact page and let's chat!!!



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