I think it is safe to say that Summer is finally here! (All the teachers & students can feel free to shout a loud, “AMEN!” at this screen.) With the temps reaching the high 90’s, the pools being open, flowers blooming and vacations on the calendar, I’m getting more and more inquiries about family portrait sessions & what to wear. So, I thought it would be great to do a little Warm Weather fashion guide with hopes that it would spark some creativity for all of you looking for outfit inspiration. All of these outfits are based on color authority Pantone®‘s warm season color report for 2014 fashions. (Here’s the part where all the graphic designers & creatives who know what PANTONE colors are can shout with joy!) I’m planning to do a shoot in the next few weeks to show you how these colors look in a real life setting so stay tuned.
In the mean time, here’s eight simple outfits to keep you looking and feeling cool for your summer portrait session. The best part is, you won’t have to look far to piece these great looks together – they’re comprised of solid-color basics that can be found in a single shopping trip. Paired with some funky jewelry, a hat or a colorful summer scarf and some stylish kicks, you’ll be the best looking dude/dudette on the block.
1. Violet Tulip + Placid Blue
Casual and beachy! The combination of Violet Tulip and Placid Blue look stunning together. Calm, quiet, and breezy, these cool colors are perfect set against warmtone backgrounds such as sand, wood, and sunsets. Wonderful for all skin tones and hair colors.
2. Paloma Grey + Freesia Yellow + Celosia Orange
Paloma Grey, Freesia Yellow, and Celosia Orange combine to make a bold statement sure to make everyone crave icy lemonade. This citrusinspired summer look will make for dazzling portraits that pop even in the brightest of sunlight. The large amount of grey in each outfit keeps the orange and yellow tones from being too overwhelming.
3. Radiant Orchid + Violet Tulip
Two shades of purple and violet blend beautifully without creating too much of a “matched” look between the photo subjects. Don’t be afraid to get creative with rich, strong hues, as long as you have plenty of white and neutrals to balance it out! This purple perfection is a wonderful look for urban environments and floral settings.
Ah, Cayenne a color nearly as dizzying as the summer heat! This rich red hue is not for the faint of heart, stealing the attention wherever you go and adding an explosive pop of color to your images. Recommended for urban environments, set against neutral palettes of stone, metal, and industrial areas. Cayenne is also a great accent color for photo shoots taken at carnivals, amusement parks, and boardwalks.
5. Hemlock Green + Paloma Grey
The subtle tones of Hemlock Green and Paloma Grey intermingle in these dapper vintage inspired outfits. A perfect fit for classy white beaches, cute main street downtown areas, outdoor cafes, and farmer’s markets. Accessorize with whites and creams to complete the look. A nostalgic color combination that blends softly with the surrounding area.
6. Dazzling Blue + Freesia Yellow
The unbeatable combination of Dazzling Blue and Freesia Yellow is bright, cheerful, and fantastically photogenic. Let strong blue tones constitute the majority of the outfits while accessorizing with deliciously cheerful pops of yellow. A perfect look for almost any setting. Your photos will be colorful, summery, and bold!
7. Sand + Placid Blue + Hemlock Green
Create a look of serenity and unity by combining Sand, Placid Blue, and Hemlock Green. These colors will really shine during golden hour lighting, and look fantastic on just about anyone. Simple, casual pieces create an outfit that’s easy to put together and looks great in front of the lens. Try keeping the lines in your clothing as simple as possible to make your faces the star of the show!
8. Celosia Orange + Placid Blue
Celosia Orange and Placid Blue combine for a colorful, casual appeal. With a single article of clothing sporting one of these strong hues, little more is needed to complete the outfit. A long skirt for the ladies and a breezy button-up for the guys is comfortable and flattering, helping you relax into your best looks for the camera.
Feel free to leave some love in the comment section! Here’s to the start of a beautiful, exciting summer!