The season of Spring provides a vividly colorful palette to take some glorious photoshoots. Consider the ideal weather of not too hot and not too cold and you have the makings of the ideal conditions.
You still need to consider the light yet get creative with your camera and take some exhilarating photos. It should prove to be a vibrant few months so let yourself get inspired by some photoshoot ideas.
In this guide, we will detail 13 Spring photoshoot ideas including wildflowers, blossoms, picnics, and wildlife.
- Wildflowers In The Wild
- The Field Backdrop
- Flower Compositions
- Bright, Vivid Colors
- Mirror Images
- The Golden Hour
- White Clothes
- Tree Blossom
- Picnic Scene
- Public Gardens
- Holding A Bunch Of Flowers
- Shadow Play
- Capture Some Wildlife
1. Wildflowers In The Wild
It may involve a short drive or a walk yet should you live in a small town, or one close to the country, there is a good chance that there are some wildflower fields.
Spring is the season when wildflowers bloom and really provide a stunning backdrop for a photoshoot. Some of these fields may require you to make a payment to enter but it should be worth it as you can snap away for hours.
Choose an afternoon when the sunlight is not too bright and pick some appropriate Spring clothing for your subject to stroll around in.
2. The Field Backdrop
Should the flowers be high enough, you can use them as the backdrop to a glorious photograph. Have your subjects sit down so perhaps only their upper torsos are visible above the stunning flowers.
You could even use the field as your subject though check that you are allowed to hold your photoshoot first. Any individual can get into a lot of trouble if they are caught trespassing on privately owned property.
Ideally, a field with a mixture of wildflowers should form the backdrop of your photoshoot. That can be a real find but makes for such a vibrant, attractive background so ensure that you have permission to snap away first.
It may be easier to choose national and state parks as you can be sure to have permission for a photoshoot, as long as you have paid the admission fee.
3. Flower Compositions
Think about how to use flowers in the most effective way. That could be minimalist with your subject holding just one or two flowers or using a full composition.
Enjoy experimenting with perspective and changing up the depth of field. You can have your subject in a flower bush and simply allow them to blend into it or use the flowers in the background as a vivid bokeh and a beautiful, high-quality blur.
4. Bright, Vivid Colors
You can either use the natural colors of Spring as flower blooms or use props yet make it bright. This could be some clothes that pop or an umbrella that stands out amongst the scene.
Fashion accessories are useful as they can be extravagantly vivid and extenuate the look and feel of Spring. While the location of the photoshoot does not have to be naturally colorful, you can still use the colorful vibes of Spring.
If you are worried that the bright, vivid colors of your subject’s clothes or the props themselves are overpowering then go for something more natural.
A wildflower arrangement can showcase the local colors of the area while letting your subject take the plaudits.
5. Mirror Images
The mirror trend proves popular on various social media platforms, including Instagram, and for good reason too. Have your subject decked out in some colorful, light Springtime clothing and have them fill the mirror.
Consider having your subject hold some flowers or you could decorate the mirror frame with a few wildflowers subtly stuck on.
Once your scene is set up, shoot from some different angles, encourage your subject to pull some poses, and create some engaging Spring photos.
The mirror should be important in your photoshoot but it should not be the focal point. Your subject should always be the focus which may mean choosing a vintage-style mirror instead of an extravagantly decorated one.
If you do decide to decorate the mirror frame with some wildflowers then choose colors that enhance the aesthetic of your subject rather than dominate it.
6. The Golden Hour
Any photographer should know that the golden hour is the ideal time to photograph outside. The light is especially exquisite as the sun rises and, again, as it sets.
Those orange, golden rays provide a soft light that can really add some vibrancy to a scene. That could be something quaint like a soft, Spring dress, or a larger scene involving a field of flowers.
7. White Clothes
To complement the naturally bright colors of the season, you can encourage your subject to wear white clothes. The white color can act as a palette cleanser amidst the colors of the background.
If anything, the white clothes can act as a symbol of fragility and lightness making for some exquisite photographs.
With your subject(s) in white clothes, insist on a background of blossoming trees or an involving field of wildflowers then take care of the composition and aperture.
8. Tree Blossom
Cherry tree blossom is a big deal in Japan and you can have your own blooming marvelous photoshoot. The vividly pink flowers are almost iconic and sought after in a photoshoot as they are gone within a short period.
With a smattering of soft colors, you can use the trees as the backdrop and simply immerse your subject in the blossoms. If you cannot source cherry blossoms, try to use the orange of poppy flowers yet be careful with the blossoms themselves.
9. Picnic Scene
With just a solitary blanket and some props, you can create a picnic scene that is ideal for Spring. Your subjects can be a young couple in love, a few friends, or some young children, you can even involve their pets.
Find some lush grass to place the blanket and make sure that the color contrasts. White amidst green is a good combination to go for.
This could be a simple shoot idea or a more complex one, largely depending on the backdrop or the amount of props. If you want to capture the background, you may want to reduce the number of props to create a simple shot.
However, for a background like a field full of flowers, add in props like a cake, a bicycle, a picnic basket, maybe even a Spring hat. Use your aperture to focus on the picnic scene itself and then the background will provide a colorful palette.
10. Public Gardens
Should you be worried about using a field full of flowers for your photoshoot and trespassing then consider using a public garden. In most towns and cities, you can find one that has already been set up to look glorious come Spring.
The lawns should be manicured and the floral displays will be well-considered and extremely well-presented.
Just be wary that as this is a public garden, there will be other members of the public using it so you may want to arrive for the golden hour.
11. Holding A Bunch Of Flowers
If you specialize in portrait photography then insist that your subject hold a bunch of flowers for a subtle, charming photoshoot idea.
The flowers can be wildflowers or simply those that are in season and complement the overall aesthetic of the photoshoot. If your subject struggles to hold a bunch of flowers then you can place them in a jug or a wicker basket instead.
Go even further by using a blossoming tree or flower bush as the background and go up close with your subject.
A portrait lens should allow you to focus on your subject and decide on whether to blur out the background if it does not prove to be ideally scenic. This can be ideal if you have limited space to operate with.
If you cannot find a large field, it may prove easier to find a single blossoming tree instead. The bunch of flowers can be an effective prop for your photoshoot, and your budget.
12. Shadow Play
As the light in Springtime is well worth capturing, you can invest in some shadow play. This can create some particularly vivid photographs as the shadows can be more defined should the sunlight be bright enough.
Position your subject being drenched in bright sunlight and then position some flowers in front of their face, or let your subject hold them. As the direct sunlight beats down, you should achieve a defined shadow on your subject’s face and upper torso.
13. Capture Some Wildlife
Spring is the season that a lot of wildlife either comes to life or springs back. There are newborn animals to photograph and birds adore coming out in spring. Even if you are not inclined to photograph wildlife, this is a great time to learn.
Spring can be a gorgeous season for photography and can prove to be the ideal time for an exciting photoshoot. Try to get creative by using some props like a bunch of wildflowers in a jug or a picnic scene using a blanket.
There will be plenty of colorful items looking for your attention so try to find some balance between having a scene that complements your subject rather than overwhelming them.
The beauty of the season should shine through your photos yet you should be gentle with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the subjects that a photographer regularly captures, Spring can be the ideal season for a range of photoshoots. If you want to capture vivid colors and bright light then head outside with families and pets then involve nature.
Spring can provide the ideal backdrop to photoshoots with flower blossoms, lush greenery, and warm lighting.
There is also the cute aesthetic of new animals being born and more time to play with as the days lengthen.
For some dreamy photos, use wide-aperture lenses then isolate the subject and have the vibrant background provide some color. The focus will still be on your subject yet the color will not prove to be overwhelming.
Spring can be an exciting month for a photoshoot though do remember that it is a month of change. There is the theme of rebirth to consider with the wildflowers as well as the weather, which can be changeable.
With that in mind, check the weather forecast as it may mean a blue raincoat and some Wellington boots to protect your subject from the elements.
An umbrella or bicycle can make for an excellent prop too as it will be functional and, ideally, colorful.
If the weather is sunny then have your subject dress in some light and breezy clothes. They can still use a prop such as a jug full of wildflowers or a wicker basket full of treats for a picnic.
A picnic blanket can be a great prop for an involving scene or you could switch your focus to the wildflowers and have them stuck to your subject’s face.
If you prefer some close-up shooting, use a small aperture and have your prop be the focus while the background is blurred.