What to Wear for Family Photos: Greens Color Inspiration

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What to Wear for Family Photos: Greens Color Inspiration

The color inspiration series continues in hopes to give you ideas for what to wear for this year’s family photos. In case you missed them, I have already focused on blues and reds. This time we are tackling greens, from those deep earth tones to the brighter mints and teals. Of course, as a base keep these tips on what to wear for family photos as you plan any family outfits for your pictures.

Something to note before we dive into what pairs well with green, greens can be tricky to match. Like red, differences in the shade (even a teal to a teal or mint and mint) can make things look off. It is also a more difficult color to come by and not as common, as I really noticed when going through galleries looking for examples of families wearing green! However, as you will see, green is so beautiful and can really add to your family photos this year.

Think about the time of year before selecting a shade of green.

This tip applies to any color really, however, the time of year does matter with green. The lighter and brighter shades can clash with the gorgeous colors of fall. On the flip side, deep earth tones in spring may feel “heavy” in the spring and summer. Throughout this article I will make note of the best seasons for each color pairing.

Olive Green with mustard yellow.

I love this pairing. It became more popular last year and for good reason. The deep earth tones of olive go beautifully with the colors of fall, while the mustard adds a bright pop of color.

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Olive Green with Navy

Another beautiful fall pairing of olive green and navy. The colors compliment each other well, and add a cozy feeling to any photo. They also allow you to stand out against the yellows and oranges of fall. And you can even add in a pop of yellow like this family did with their little girl’s rain boots!

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Green with maroon (and pinks)

This is not a pairing I would have come up with on my own. But this family NAILED it. I love how mom’s floral dress served as the color palette for their outfits. The deep maroon was a great fall color with the green, going well in the brown fields, against fall foliage, and against the river rock.

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Kelly Green with Navy

Kelly green with navy is one of my favorite color combinations. However, kelly green is super tricky to match. I suggest having greens together when shopping or going through closets because there is a wide range in the color and this is one that does not look good if the shades of green are off.

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Teal with Navy

Okay, this may sound like it’s cheating a bit. Teal could be considered green or blue, depending on the shade. But either way, teal pairs beautifully with navy. Both colors are deep, but the teal adds a little brightness for a family shoot. This is also a pairing that I think works well year round, but especially in fall. Stand out against the reds and yellows with these blue/green tones. And of course, brighten up your family a little by adding in whites/creams, too.

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Mint green with navy and coral

My last pairing is great for spring and summer as it is bright and light feeling. Mint green and coral pair beautifully and look great broken up with some neutrals like grey and/or white. This is perfect for a summer evening by the river for family photos!

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What colors will you choose?

I hope you’ve found some inspiration for this year’s family photos. Maybe it is time to mix it up and add in some green this year! Now that you’ve picked your colors, make sure you get your session booked!

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What's the Difference Between a Fresh 48 and a Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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What's the Difference Between a Fresh 48 and a Newborn Photo Session | Seattle Newborn Photographer

If you’re expecting you are probably finding yourself faced with numerous decisions. Will you cloth diaper or use disposables? Will you bottle feed, breastfeed, or a combination of both? Will you co-sleep? Will you offer a pacifier? And my favorite decisions, what will you name baby and how will you decorate the nursery?

Then there is the decision of how you will document this sweet baby's arrival. Do you do hire a birth photographer, have a fresh 48 session, do newborn photos in a studio or have a lifestyle newborn session? The options are endless, which can feel great that there is the right option and photographer out there for you. However, it can feel overwhelming, too. I want to help ease that burden by answering one of the most common questions I get;

What’s the difference between a fresh 48 and a newborn photo session?

In the simplest sense, a Fresh 48 happens within the first 48 hours after birth while you’re still in the hospital or birth center, whereas a newborn session takes place within the first 1-2 weeks (or up to a month, really) within your home.

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Both a Fresh 48 and a Newborn photo session document your love and your baby’s tiny details.

However, how they do this is different. A Fresh 48 focuses on the newness of it all. I capture those hospital details like the hospital blanket and bassinet, the hospital bands, those wrinkles toes, and the umbilical stump. We capture that glimmer in your eye as you ride on the adrenaline and joy of bringing new life into this world.

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During your newborn session we capture your baby’s tiny details, but in the setting of your home. I use the spaces where life happens and where your child will grow up, like “the big bed” or master bedroom, the living room and the nursery. I capture those special details you put into making the nursery special. We are also able to include your pets, too.

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A Fresh 48 session is shorter and more casual than a newborn session.

Of course, both sessions are laid back and relaxed as I let baby guide the pace. However, during your Fresh 48 I try to be in and out as quickly as possibly while getting the photographs you want. You just had a baby, and I want to let you get back to recovering and relaxing, so a session lasts around 30 minutes (depending on the number of nurse interruptions!). While you may change your clothes and freshen up a bit, your attire will still be casual and comfortable (looking for ideas, check out What to Pack for Your Fresh 48 Session).

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A newborn session, on the other hand, lasts anywhere from 1-2 hours. It is a relaxed time with plenty of time for a cup of coffee, diaper changes, feedings, and gushing over your sweet new baby. You’re able to dress up a little more and take a shower, overall just feel a bit more put together. For your newborn session you have had some time to settle in a little bit to life with a newborn.

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Do you book a Fresh 48 session or a Newborn session?

Now for the ultimate decision, which do you book? As you can see this family chose to book both a fresh 48 and a newborn session. They saw the value and difference in both sessions, and as you can see how much baby boy changed in even a short two week period.

Does this mean you need to book both sessions to “properly” have your baby captured? Of course not. It comes down to what is most important to you, and what fits your lifestyle and budget. I hope this helped you understand the similarities and differences as you consider each type of session for your upcoming arrival. Make sure you scroll through more peeks from this baby boy’s fresh 48 and newborn session below, they will give you more of an idea of what to expect!

Still have more questions regarding a Newborn or Fresh 48 session? Or ready to get your due date on my calendar? Contact me and let’s do it.

A few more from their Fresh 48:

A few more from their Newborn Photo Session:

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Family Photos with Older Kids | Bellevue Family Photographer

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Family Photos with Older Kids | Bellevue Family Photographer

Whether you have been having yearly family photos done since your kids were newborns or it has been a while since you’ve gotten in front of a camera, there is never a time your kids are too old for family photos. It can be so easy when the kids are babies to want to capture every detail and milestone, yet as they get older those “milestones” seem to spread out and maybe even life gets a little busier with sports and school activities. However, I’m here to tell you it is worth making time to have your family photographed right now, this year.

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Family photos with older kids is still fun.

Although your older kids may protest a little about having their photos done, they will see a lifestyle family photo session is not so bad. The boys from this family session featured in this article weren’t super excited about having their photos done, yet found themselves saying that it was actually, “kind of fun” in the end.

I guide you when picking a location to somewhere the family can have fun together. Like here, the family threw rocks together in the river (a little friendly competition for who can throw it the furthers maybe?), they explored and played along the trail, and even brought along a soccer ball to show off their family’s favorite pastime.

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A family photo session will capture your older kids’ personalities.

As our time together progresses and your kids let down their guard (because they are having fun), their personalities will start to shine. Those sibling relationships, and special dynamics within your family will come through. You may even get a glimpse of your oldest child looking older, yet showing a little of that young boy all at once.

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My approach for family photos with older kids is similar to any other session.

I may not play peek-a-boo with your kids like they are 3, but I will encourage snuggles, tickles, sneak attacks, and maybe even big wet kisses from mom. I take time out for classic portraits of each child giving moms plenty of options for photos to hang on your walls and show off to family. I also take time to photograph mom with her kids and dad with his kids.

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The kids “help” take photos of just mom and dad together.

Parenting is hard work. It is wonderful and crazy and a wild journey, so let’s celebrate you. You’re still laughing together, let’s capture that. The kids always love when mom and dad are in the spotlight, they can step aside, or they can make funny faces at you to ensure you’re smiling.

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Your kids will cherish these photos down the line.

I try not to get too dark on here, but I know that I will not be around forever. I hope that my children see the photographs we took the time to have done and be so grateful they have pictures with me and their dad. I want your kids to have the same gift from you.

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Having family photos with your older kids taken is something you will never regret.

It may feel overwhelming trying to pick a date that works for everyone’s schedule (with soccer practice here, gymnastics there, and football season starting again too!). It may seem impossible to get your teenager to wear something that coordinates with the family for pictures. However, I promise you, having your family photos done is something you will not regret. As you flip through your album (the custom 8x8 lay flat album that is included in your session) you will see YOUR family and smile knowing it was all worth it.

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The Newborn Photo Session Experience | Seattle Newborn Photographer

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The Newborn Photo Session Experience | Seattle Newborn Photographer

You have looked through my newborn portfolio and you’ve read about lifestyle newborn photography. You may be convinced that this is the style you want for your newborn’s photos and maybe even know that I’m the photographer for you. Or maybe you’re still not sure. Either way, you may be wondering what is the newborn session experience like? I am here to walk you through what to expect when I arrive at your home to capture your sweet new babe.

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I will ask for a tour when I arrive at your home.

This isn’t to check out your square footage, or how clean (or how not clean) your home is. I am merely looking for the areas in the home with the best light where we will be spending our time photographing your family. I also use this time to check out the nursery (if there is one). Typically, sessions take place in the master bedroom, living room, and the nursery (or a mixture of these rooms). Again it completely depends on light .
Once we have decided on the right spots within your home to photograph you, I check for distractions (that bright pink water bottle by the night stand, phone cords, etc) and have dad help me move them.

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While mom finishes getting ready I focus on dad and baby.

Mom has spent all morning nursing the baby and getting baby ready, I do not expect you to be ready the moment I walk in the door. Usually, mom is touching up makeup, putting on a clean top (that hasn’t been spit up on), or doing any other last minute things. I use that time to not only take a little tour, greet that sweet new baby, but also focus on just dad and baby.

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Once mom is ready, we focus on the entire family.

Photographing just dad and baby leads naturally to adding in mom wherever we are. If there are older siblings we capture the entire family while they have the greatest attention span. And, of course, if you have fur babies, they are welcome to join in too!

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There is a general flow to a newborn session however, baby leads the way.

I have specific images I am after - such as dad and baby, entire family, mom and baby, siblings (if applicable) and just baby. However, I expect baby to need to stop for a feeding, diaper change, or even an outfit change. If baby is rooting too much to be just held by mom, we let her nurse. Or if baby is wanting to be snuggled instead of just laid down in her crib or on the master bed, then you snuggle the baby. I have no “rules” for what your baby must do.

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Your baby may be awake or asleep during your photo session.

Again, I have no expectations. It is okay if your baby is awake the entire time, if your baby sleeps the entire time, or if your baby is awake and then naps. Since I let her guide the session, I ensure she is comfortable and happy (yes she may cry, but that’s how she tells us she’s hungry or needs a new diaper). So do not worry if she was up all night and is now super sleepy, or if she’s wide awake. Your gallery will be full of gorgeous photos of your new baby either way.

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We will take breaks for feedings, diaper changes, and even a cup of coffee.

As I mentioned above, if baby needs to eat, we let her eat. If mom needs another cup of coffee, brew one and take a few sips. During this session, dad brewed me some coffee and we sat and chatted while mom nursed a hungry baby girl. And with full babies comes full diapers.

Nursing photos are up to you and your comfort level.

Speaking of nursing breaks. Feeding your baby is such a special time for bonding. If you would like me to capture that time of you together, I am more than happy to do so (I do not share those images online even if you’ve given me permission to share photos from your gallery). However, if you are wanting privacy, I give you as much space as you need - in the other room, or just chatting with my camera down.

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Newborn Photo Sessions take 1-2 hours.

Depending on how many breaks or needed, if there are other children involved, and how much I snuggle your baby (just kidding on that last one….sort of!), you're session can take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Two hours may sound like a long time to schedule out, but I promise, it never feels that long.

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Newborn photos are easy like Sunday morning.

You just had a baby, you’re getting little sleep, and you’re figuring out life with a sweet new baby. While I know how important having this time document is, I do everything I can to make sure the process is as relaxed and easy as can be. I want it to feel like you’re spending the morning chatting with an old friend, showing off your love for this little life who has turned your world upside down.

Are you expecting? Contact me to book your newborn session and get your due date on the calendar.

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