It’s finally summer in Alaska, which means it’s time for summer portraits! But when you’re used to cold temps for so much of the year it can be tough to figure out what to wear for those hot days. Here are six simple ways you can make sure your summer portrait session goes off without a hitch.

Plan in advance.
The more time you allow yourself to plan your outfits, the less stressed you’ll be. Plus, it never hurts to have options especially when dressing children. I recommend laying outfit pieces out together to get a sense of how they look next to each other. This also ensures you’re not missing any essential clothing items.

Dress appropriately
Weather in Alaska is unpredictable in any season, so dress in layers that you can add or remove as the temperature changes. Choose breathable, lightweight fabrics that you can add a jacket to if it gets chilly and avoid fabrics that wrinkle easily if you’re driving for a while to get to the session location. Plan footwear that is appropriate for the location you’ll be at for your session. If traction is needed plan to wear boots, but if the location is fairly accessible consider cute flats, sandals or casual loafers.

Be True to You
Make sure you feel good in the clothes and shoes you select, because if you’re not comfortable, it will show in your photos. Your photo session isn’t the time to test out the latest trend. I recommend choosing styles that are timeless and represent your usual style, while showcasing your personality.

Coordinate outfits
Family outfits should coordinate rather than match exactly. The easiest way to do this is select one person’s outfit and pull 2-3 colors from that outfit to create outfits for the rest of the family. A fail-proof option is to use different neutral shades such as grey, ivory or beige as the base of everyone’s outfits and add a few pops of coordinating colors with separates or accessories. Choose colors that compliment the skin tones of everyone in the session and that play off the colors of the location you have chosen for your photos.

Have a plan for your hair
If you or a family member’s hair reacts to humidity, opt for a hairstyle that hides the result, such as a pretty braid or an updo. You could also wear a headband or cute hat to keep hair in place or camouflage limp hair at the roots. If you plan to wear your hair down bring a brush to take care of any tangles from hair blowing in the wind.

Think about the details from head to toe
If you’re wearing sandals or open toed shoes, make sure your feet are photo ready. If you have visible tan lines fill them in with tanning products before your session. Men should get a hair cut one week prior to the session. Consider how the jewelry you plan to wear works with the necklines of your outfit.

Bring some resources to keep everyone happy
Consider bringing a small tote with the following items: Lots of water for your family, a simple snack that doesn’t cause a mess, sunscreen, and makeup for touch-ups.

If you need some outfit inspirations check out these fun color combinations, and if you get stuck message me a picture of the outfits you’re considering so I can help you make final decisions.