The BIG question answered! | What to wear at your Family Portrait Shoot

Bluebell Wood Family Portraits


As the weather warms I traditionally start taking bookings for location family portrait sessions. This is kickstarted by my Bluebell Wood portraiture.

This year I am going against tradition, I have been taking a limited amount of portraits while I spend well needed time on a business over-haul. Rather than spending two weekends in the bluebell wood for family portraits, I am running the session on one day.


Image showing two children in the bluebell wood for their portraits

The Big Clothing Question

It always gets asked. What shall we wear? On booking any of my location shoots, I always send an e.mail with clothing advice, I thought this year I would share my experience of what works best in a blog.

My advice:

Dress children appropriately for the weather!

Especially for the bluebell wood portraits. The weather in April can be very changeable and the wood is sheltered. Although the pretty pink dress looks great in the summer, a shivery, blue, cold child, is not going to enjoy the session. If you are unsure, bring a coat and jumper, we can always take it off for the portraits but keep children warm in between.

Closed Toe Shoes

On any location shoot, children love to run about and I love to give them this freedom. If the session is all about smiling for the camera and performing to requests from parents, the fun will quickly dissipate. Closed toe shoes, even welly boots in the woods are fine. You rarely see the shoes in the bluebells and there are a number of brambles, nettles and uneven floor!

Compliment The Wood



When you are planning the clothing, think of colours that compliment, not fight, with the environment. The clothing your child or family wears will be a prominent feature in the final image. You want the eye to be drawn to faces, not clothing, so you don’t want it to stand out.

Wear pale lilacs, pinks, soft and subtle shades of moss green or peach and avoid bold bright colours that will clash, like bright red or orange.


Pretty Florals

Avoid bold prints like stripes and checks. Subtle floral prints or pattens are fine, but you don’t want to draw the eye to much with too much complexity.


The Beautiful Bluebells

Every year I run the bluebell wood portrait session. I have the honour of being able to photograph in the grounds of a private manor which has acres of unspoilt, natural bluebells. Completely private we have the grounds to ourselves and as an added bonus, a percentage of the shoot profits go to support the St Helen’s Church Roof Fund!




This year’s Bluebell Wood Portrait session is on the 28th April between 9.30 and 4.00. Spaces have already been taken. The shoot fee is £50 and covers the time in the wood and custom edit of your images. Wall art for home displays and Fine Art boxes of hand mounted prints are sold after the shoot.


As a guide, clients usually spend between £250 and £1500 on artwork after the shoot. Details of all costs are available on the product brochure, contact me HERE for further information or to book.



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