As a NJ Beach photographer, I’m often asked by clients what they should wear for their beach sessions. This is an important thing to consider as you plan your upcoming shoot because it really determines the vibe and aesthetic of your images (in addition to the background). Do you want to wear bright colors that pop against the white sand? Or go with the beach motif and wear coastal colors? Or how about showing some personality with unique patterns? Here is my guide for what to wear for family beach photos in New Jersey. BUT these are only a few ideas! We must take into account where you will display your portraits because that is also a big factor into what you will wear. Sounds weird? Ask me why!
Coastal Color Palette
Many people opt for colors that are inspired by the and and water of the Jersey Shore. Varying shades of blue, white and tans can achieve this beach-inspired look. As any NJ photographer will tell you, this is one of the most popular color combos.
Bright Colors & Jewel Tones
Bright, saturated colors really pop against the sand. Try wearing hues such as sapphire blue, emerald green, and shades of pink or coral.
Mix In Some Prints
Rather than everyone wearing solid color clothing, have a couple people in your family wear prints. Whether it’s plaid, stripes or floral, just make sure the colors complement the rest of your group’s attire. I love how the floral prints tie in with the solids worn by the other family members.
Overwhelmed by coordinating colors? Make it easy and go with all white. Think flowy dresses, button-up shirts, linen pants and other breezy, beachy pieces.
Keep It Classic
Don’t wear anything too trendy because you’ll look back and think “What was I wearing?!” I want you to cherish these photos from your New Jersey Beach vacation for years to come!
Show Some Personality
Don’t be afraid to have fun with fashion! Classic styles aren’t for everyone, so don’t force it! If your family prefers unique, funky styles, stay true to yourselves! I love that this family showed up in colorful prints and Hawaiian shirts. It really helped me capture their fun personalities on camera!
Matching Outfits for the Kids
I’m a big proponent for not looking too matched but sometimes matching outfits for kids can be really cute. Maybe have the same shirt on, but different shorts, so it doesn’t look “too perfect.”
Wear Something You Feel Confident In
Most importantly, wear something that makes you feel your best! If you’re uncomfortable or worried about how you look in something, it’ll show in pictures. It might sound cheesy, but a confident smile truly is the best accessory!
Are you looking to book a family beach session? I’m a New Jersey Beach photographer and would love to work with you! I love capturing you and your loved ones as you enjoy the Jersey Shore. I’ll help direct you with poses and will also take candid shots to get natural, organic images. Click here to get started !