What to wear: Bluebonnet pictures

March 24, 2019

My 3 Tips for Flower-Filled Spring Portraits!

You may think outfit coordination is something that doesn’t make that big of an impact on how your photos look, and maybe you’re right… However, “what do we wear” is one of the most commonly asked questions I get and it’s one of the thing I stress about most when it’s my family’s turn to have portraits taken! So it’s got to have some significance, right? I think so! I have an entire style guide that I spent hours creating to send to all of my #spfamilies so that their pictures will look coordinated and not distracting, so you can focus on the emotion and the people in the pictures instead of the distracting elements of some outfit choices!

I get SO excited when spring time hits. The trees get their leaves, the sun comes out, and my favorite favorite thing, all the colorful flowers. I just love how nature has the perfect color pallets, the mix of greens, yellows, purple, pinks, ah! I just LOVE it. If you’re from texas, you probably partake in annual family pictures in a field of bluebonnets (and indian paintbrushes!). I’m not going to lie to you, this is not something I personally get super excited about, I get excited when the field is a mixture of flowers, and if bluebonnets happen to be in that mix, that’s just the icing on the cake. Last year a friend of mine took pictures of us at this field in Fulshear that I’m still in love with, I’ll probably post one of us below. But I just love the mix of yellow and blue.

Here are 3 tips to help make your bluebonnet pictures look on point:

  • Avoid patterns! Especially florals!!! Normally I’d say the opposite, I love florals and patterned outfit coordination, but when it comes to taking pictures in a field of flowers, you don’t want there to be too much to look at. I never thought I’d say it, but there is such a thing as too many flowers.
  • Go with neutral colors! Whites, cream, grey, blush, even a light/baby blue would look great paired with the bluebonnet field!
  • If you want brighter colors that pop! Go with a yellow, red, or bright pink. avoid purples, (dark) blues, and greens– these colors provide little contract and you’ll appear to blend in!

In case you missed it…

Please don’t pick the bluebonnets, y’all. It’s not illegal, but please be careful to walk on paths or around the flowers. When bluebonnet flowers are destroyed while they’re blooming, they don’t produce seeds that get dropped for the next year. No seeds means no bluebonnets next year. I honestly had a hard time finding a spot this year (also because people who live in places like Brenham/Chapel Hill are mowing their fields, because they are tired of dealing with the destruction and disrespect to their property, see below)! So please watch your step so we can continue this tradition with our grand kids!

Be safe and considerate. When choosing a spot, avoid highways or busy roads with lots of traffic. Watch your step, for the bluebonnets, but also there could be ants, wasps, even snakes! Pleaaaase don’t trespass on private property. I noticed this year many crowd favorites (on private property) are now mowed due to a significant amount of trespassers hopping fences to get family bluebonnet pictures!

Picture taken by my friend Kathy!