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The right outdoor spring photo shoot will result in looks that flatter your skin tone and frame you as a classic beauty. To pull it off, stash the wilder items in your closet in favor of dark and neutral pieces that complement each other. You'll typically be able to show off a few looks in one session, so be prepared with outfit changes.
Keep clothing relaxed since you'll be outside, and opt for classic styles so your portrait will look just as great 10 years from the day you frame it. For pants, try khakis or jeans in regular or capri cut. Or opt for a sweet spring dress and cover up with a cardigan. Bring layers with you so you have options for a few looks. For example, you get two to four looks from tailored jeans, a button-down blouse, a ruffled shirt and a cardigan sweater.
Make sure the clothes flatter your skin tone, above all else. If there's a certain color that makes you shine, consider wearing it for one of your looks. While you can work in feminine, light hues as a nod to spring, you don't want to go too pastel and you definitely don't want to do white because it can get dirty! If you need to do white, pair a shirt under a darker sweater or blazer. Neutrals such as beige or khaki work better than white. Try medium hues of pink or blue, like denim or dark lilac. Or go for earth tones that reflect your natural setting, such as green, amber or rich blue.
What Not to Wear
Bright colors and rich patterns sap attention from your face, so leave them at home. You can work in a small pattern, such as a striped or polka dotted shirt with plain jeans, but in general, solid colors flatter you best. Make sure clothing isn't too revealing, and test out your bra beforehand to make sure the straps don't show.
Putting It Together
Check your socks to make sure they don't show if you sit, and stay away from thick white socks that will ruin the look. If you're getting photographed with your family or partner, make sure to coordinate clothes with them. Bring along key accessories that you might want to work into the outfits, since individual style counts. You can always try them out in a few shots.