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Best Clothing Options for Summer Photo Shoots: Stay Cool and Flattering

Hello everyone! At Kate Buckles Photography, we want to help you look and feel your best during your summer photo shoots. Here are some tips on choosing flattering and cool clothing options to capture those delicate moments, joy, and laughter without breaking a sweat.

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Light and Breathable Fabrics

Opt for fabrics like cotton, linen, and chambray. These materials are lightweight, breathable, and perfect for keeping you cool during your summer session. Avoid heavy fabrics that can trap heat and make you uncomfortable.

Flowy Dresses and Skirts

Flowy dresses and skirts are fantastic for summer shoots. They add a touch of elegance and movement to your photos while keeping you cool. Look for styles that cinch at the waist and flow away from the body to create a flattering silhouette.

Light Colors and Pastels

Light colors and pastels not only look great in summer light but also help keep you cool by reflecting sunlight. Whites, creams, soft pinks, and blues are all excellent choices. Avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat and make you feel warmer.

Comfortable Footwear

Choose comfortable and stylish footwear that complements your outfit. Sandals, espadrilles, and canvas shoes are great options. If your shoot involves walking or standing for long periods, ensure your footwear is comfortable to avoid fatigue.

Simple Patterns and Textures

Simple patterns and textures can add interest to your outfit without overwhelming the photo. Subtle stripes, small florals, and delicate lace details are all good choices. Avoid overly bold patterns that can distract from the main focus of the photo—you and your loved ones.

Layers for Versatility

Summer weather can be unpredictable, so consider layering lightweight pieces. A light cardigan or denim jacket can be easily added or removed as needed. Layers also add dimension to your photos and can create a more polished look.


Keep accessories simple and lightweight. A wide-brimmed hat can add a chic touch while also providing shade. Delicate jewelry can add a touch of sparkle without feeling heavy. Sunglasses can be a fun prop but be sure to take some photos without them to capture your eyes.

Stay True to Your Style

While it’s important to stay cool and comfortable, it’s also essential to stay true to your personal style. Choose outfits that make you feel confident and reflect your personality. Your comfort and confidence will shine through in your photos, capturing those delicate moments, joy, and laughter.

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