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What to wear for family photo session in Vancouver

Mountains and ocean on Vancouver Island family photos - Meliza Orellana Photography

What to wear for your family photo session

Are you planning a family photo session in Vancouver? Well, there's one thing you can count on in this beautiful city - the weather will be unpredictable. Rain, sun, wind, or all three, you never know what the day will bring. But don't let the weather put a damper on your styling game. With some strategic planning, you and your family can look fabulous and stay comfortable, rain or shine. In this post, I'll share some handy tips and ideas on how to dress for Vancouver's unpredictable weather during your family photo session. From layering to classic pieces to embracing rain gear - I've got you covered. So grab a cup of coffee, and let's dive in!,

Build your outfits around one person

First, start with one person's outfit. Is there one person whose outfit must be worn? Like mom, for example. There's a dress she feels fabulous in and wants to wear it. Or, there's this adorable outfit that your kiddo has and you just can't give up the idea of them wearing it. Either way, pick ONE outfit and base the rest of the outfits around it.

Layer your outfits for unpredictable weather

To beat the unpredictable weather in Vancouver, layering is key. Not only will layering protect you from sudden rain or wind but it also provides you with the option to remove layers when the sun comes out. Start with a base layer of breathable fabric such as cotton or linen, which will keep you cool in case the temperature rises. Add a mid-layer like a cardigan or light sweater that can easily be tied around your waist. Finally, top with a jacket or coat that is water-resistant or windproof. This way, you can easily adapt to any weather changes while keeping your style game strong!

Have rain gear available

While layering is essential when dressing for Vancouver’s unpredictable weather, it won’t hurt to include some rain gear in your outfit choices. If your photo shoot is in April - June or Sept - October, don’t let a sudden downpour ruin your family photo session! Instead, embrace stylish rain gear that will not only keep you dry but also make a fashion statement. Invest in a raincoat that is both functional and fashionable. You can opt for a classic trench coat or a trendy parka (for those cozy Fall family photo shoots) that is both waterproof and wind-resistant.

Don’t forget to bring an umbrella along as well! A clear bubble umbrella not only keeps you dry but also allows for great photo opportunities. Embracing rain gear just adds a layer of protection, so you can still look great for your family photo session. That being said, on questionable weather days I always pack my clear umbrellas for clients to use.

Choose classic pieces

Now that you’ve got the layering and rain gear covered, it’s time to choose classic pieces for your family’s photo session. Classic pieces never go out of style, and they look great in any setting. Think neutral colors, like navy, beige, and cream, which will look timeless and will complement the natural surroundings. Avoid neon, graphic t-shirts and baseball caps that will take away from the focus of the photo – your family. Stick to basic pieces like a tailored blazer, and slacks, crisp white shirt, or a simple dress. By choosing classic and timeless pieces, you’ll create a cohesive look that will stand the test of time.

Incorporate textures in your wardrobe

Ready to take your classic pieces up a notch? Incorporate textures to add depth and dimension to your clothes, ensuring your family looks their best for the photoshoot. Textures can be anything from knitwear, denim, leather, silk, or lace. Experiment with different fabrics to create a visually appealing outfit, which will look great in the pictures. Since neutral colors work best during the photoshoot, choose textured clothes in black, navy, white, or beige for a timeless look.

Adding textures to your clothes is an excellent way to incorporate your personality into the outfit without making it too loud or overbearing. For example, if you love wearing denim, opt for a denim jacket that can be layered over a simple tee or a dress. Similarly, you can wear a lace skirt with a basic blouse for a feminine touch. When mixing textures, make sure you create a balance, so one texture does not overwhelm the other.

How about a checklist that has it all in one place for you?

There are a number of other considerations when choosing what to wear to your next family photo session including accessories, prints and patterns. Here's a quick-tip checklist you can use when you're shopping online or browsing the mall →→→

Planning your wardrobe is a big job and I'm happy to help. Get in touch at and I'll help you plan your outfits for your next family photo session with me.

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