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What to Wear for Family Photos: Reds Color Inspiration | Seattle Family Photographer

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What to Wear for Family Photos: Reds Color Inspiration | Seattle Family Photographer

Last year as I pulled colors together for my own family photos I hesitated as I was thinking about what colors I should pick for my family to wear. It sparked the desire to put together a series of blog posts to help you when you’re thinking about colors to pair together.

My first post focused on What to Wear for Family Photos: Blues Color Inspiration. So if you love blues, I highly recommend you go check that one out! I also have a basic guide of What to Wear for Family Photos, but today is all about the color Red.

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Think about your location first.

Before you begin deciding on your colors, think about the location I have chosen. Will there be trees, or a field, or by the river, or will you be near buildings? Think about the colors found at your location (if you don’t know, don’t hesitate to ask me, I’m here to help).

The next step is to think about if you want to stand out in your location or if you want to compliment the location. The idea is that you do not want to blend in nor clash. The beautiful part of nature is that most colors looks beautiful wherever you are. However, consider, for example, if you have chosen a wooded location, being in all green may make you blend in to the trees and greenery.

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Let’s talk about the color red.

Red is one of my favorite colors. It is bold and classic, it works well for boys or girls, and is found in many holidays/seasons (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July…). Red also stands out well against the blue river rocks and even compliments the deep green evergreen trees. And red in a snowy field on the mountains, is a gorgeous way to stand out.

However, red can be a tricky color to work with. If your red is too bright it may cause color casts on your skin. Reds are also not very forgiving. What I mean is that reds easily clash with each other. So if you do not have the same shade of red the colors won’t look good together. (A simple trick to combat mismatched reds is to purchase from the same store, as each season retailers will typically use the same shade of colors across all of their clothing lines (infant to mom and dad).

With that, don’t let red detour you from such a great color addition to your color pallet. I should also be clear that in this article I’m going to include various shades of red - from classic red to maroon or burgundy. Now for the color inspiration: red!

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Red with Neutrals (Whites, Greys, and Black)

Adding red to neutrals will not only give you a little color that pops, it will provide a classic look. This color combination is a great way to add in some patterns (like my favorite the red and black buffalo plaid). You can layer up clothing with pops of red peeking out, too.

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Red with Navy

This is the most classic, “Americana” combination for family photos. I LOVE the bold red with a deep navy for family photos. This is a timeless color combination that works well and most people have pieces in their closets to pull these colors together.

My Family Photo (above) by Megann Robinson.

My Family Photo (above) by Megann Robinson.

Maroon with Navy

Another great color combination, that photographs beautifully in fall. The deep maroon against the yellow leaves helps you to stand out. As you can see from the photo above, my own family used maroon and navy one fall, adding greys and cream for additional layers as well.

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Maroon with Neutrals (Grey, tan, creams, etc.)

Again, spice up your neutral palate a little bit by adding the deep maroon tones. Maroon, again, photographs well in fall and in winter, adding to the depth and warmth of your images and contrasting with the surrounding locations.

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Maroon with Teal

Teal is one of my favorite colors so when this family showed up with teal and maroon, I knew I had a favorite color combination. The maroon serves as a nice deep color while the teal gives a little brighter pop of color. Notice in the photo above how the family mixed patterns to break up the solid maroon and really tie the colors together.

What Colors Will You Wear for Family Photos?

I should mention one last color combination that I love, maroon and mustard yellow. However, I haven’t had a family wear that yet! Will it be your family this fall?

I hope you’ve found some inspiration and are ready to tackle picking out outfits for your family photos this year. Whether you pick a classic red or a variation like maroon, you have a beautiful color that will help your family stand out this year.

Now that you’ve picked out your colors, make sure you get your session booked at the link below!

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What I Look for in a Location for Family Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

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What I Look for in a Location for Family Photos | Seattle Family Photographer

A family photo session is about documenting your family. It is about more than simply capturing what you looked like right now (though that’s important) but it is more about your love, your family’s personality, and those dynamics within your family. This is all to say that while the location your family photos take place is not the focus, it is what can set the tone for your session.

Here is a look at those things I look for in a location for family photos, and why I have several favorite spots that meet all (or most of) these criteria, making them ideal spots to highlight your family.

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The location must photograph beautifully.

This first one, I’m sure, seems obvious. With the Pacific Northwest as our backdrop, how could something not photograph beautifully? However, there are several factors that help an area photograph well for family photos. I look at how the light falls in different areas of a location and where the sun sets (or rises). I also look for locations with limited distractions (large signs, construction that may be happening, bright structures, etc). Further, I will take note of how busy a location is. The last thing you want is a ton of people in the background of your image, nor having to wait for people to move through your image. Although we cannot ensure no one will be at the location, choosing ones that are less popular helps the flow of your session.

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Locations that are accessible for kids are ideal.

When I am scouting locations I look at how far it is from the car to the first spot I would photograph your family. I also look for possible hazards or issues that kids may have at a particular location. While I don’t mink walking a little ways between spots within a location, I know long distances can make for cranky kids. When I suggest locations to you I let you know of the terrain so that you can decide if it is right for your family. For instance, the location featured here has a suspension bridge which many kids (and moms) and dogs may find a bit scary as the bridge moves a little as you walk across. If you or your child is terrified of suspension bridges, this might not be the location for you! If you love bridges, isn’t it a beautiful spot?

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I look for locations that offer something to do.

Whether it is a field to dance in, rocks to throw into the river, or a pathway to explore, I look for locations that offer natural things for your family to do together. This makes our time together more of the adventure rather than focusing on having your pictures taken.

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Locations that offer variety without traveling far are great for family photos.

This last one is more of a perk, not a requirement of a location. I can, and have numerous times, done family sessions within one small area that photographs beautifully. Again, the focus is not the location itself, but the dynamics and personalities within your family. However, if there are several spots within a location that makes things just a little sweeter. Moving from the woods to the river not only allows for a little time for kids to recharge as they run, but gives your photo gallery more variety.

Take a peek through just a few more favorites from this family session. These images show off one of my favorite locations, without us moving around too much.

Did reading this bring to mind a favorite spot you love to visit?

If so, I wanna hear about it. I love adding new locations to my list for family photo sessions. I also love taking my kids on scouting trips to check out spots and how they could work! In fact, one family several years ago introduced me to this location!

Not sure of a good location for your family photos? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.

When you’ve booked your session I send you a list of my most favorite locations in the area. The list includes names along with what to expect at each spot. From there I can guide you based on your family, the ages of your children, and what you’re looking for in your session.

Now, let’s get to chatting about the right location for your family. Book your family session below.

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Why You Should Have Your Family Photos Taken in Fall

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Why You Should Have Your Family Photos Taken in Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. After playing hard all summer, fall brings a routine and rhythm I crave. Fall foods and the excitement of all of the upcoming holidays just makes fall even more special. So it is only fitting that this series that takes a look at why you should have your family photos taken during each season should end with fall, one of the most popular seasons for family photos. (In case you missed the past seasons, make sure you check out Why You Should Have Family Photos Taken in Summer, too!)

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The colors of fall make a beautiful backdrop for family photos.

There is no doubt that Mother Nature truly shows off with the vibrant colors of fall. The vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds make for a beautiful background as you play with your family.

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The cooler weather in fall allows for layering of clothes, adding depth to your photos.

I love the crisp air of fall where I can put on a cozy sweater, a scarf, and a pair of boots. Layering clothing not only keeps everyone warm, but adds a little more personality and interest into your photo. A scarf, vest, hat, or even a pair of rubber boots can act as a simple way to bring in a pop of color, or help tie everyone’s outfits together.

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The earlier sunsets of fall are ideal for younger children.

Family (and maternity) sessions take place 1-1.5 hours before sunset. During the fall season, the sunset is early, meaning we can start sessions earlier than say a session in late spring or summer. If your kids are anything like mine, they turn into pumpkins the later they stay up. Having your family photos done in fall is a great way to take advantage of that early sunset, have gorgeous sunlight, all while home in time for bed time!

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Throwing fallen leaves is fun for all.

Who doesn’t love a good leaf fight? As fall progresses and more leaves on the ground (also making a beautiful backdrop for a portrait), what kid (or parent) wouldn’t want to run and jump into a pile of leaves, or even have a little leaf throwing fight? As you can see in the image above, those kids weren’t too old to feel the magic of tossing leaves above your head. Your kids will love it too.

Fall family photo sessions are just in time for holiday gift giving.

With the holidays nearing rapidly each fall, you cannot help but think about what photo you will put on your Christmas card or what gifts to give the grandparents. So whether you’re giving prints, a canvas, or an album, having your family photos done in fall gives you updates photographs of your family to choose from.

If you start to feel overwhelmed, I am always happy to help my families select the right images, sizing, or gifts for family. From design, to wall display ideas, I’m happy to help you get your photos printed!

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Things to consider with a fall family photo session.

Each season has so many great reasons why to have family photos done. However, they also have things to consider that might make another season better for your family. First while sunsets can be gorgeous in fall, the weather is also more unpredictable. Rainy weather may mean moving your session to a covered location or trying to reschedule for another date.

Another thing to consider is that there is no guarantee for the type of fall color. While I’ve never had a family disappointed, I cannot control or predict when the “peak” fall color will be. A wind storm or heavy rain could bring those leaves down (which, of course, makes for some great leaf throwing!).

The last thing to consider is how busy fall is. Groups, sports and responsibilities all start back up in fall. Finding a day that works for everyone can be tricky. My schedule with family sessions is also much fuller, meaning it can be harder to reschedule.

However, If you want photos now, it is always a great time to have your family photographed.

Looking for a fall family photo session? The time is now to book.

Click the link below to select the date that works best for your family photo session.

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What is the best age to have my baby photographed? | Seattle Baby Photographer

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What is the best age to have my baby photographed? | Seattle Baby Photographer

You’ve had your baby’s newborn photos taken, but are already seeing how much she has grown and changed. So what is the best age to have your baby photographed after that newborn stage?

There is no “wrong” time to have your baby photographed.

I want to start by saying, if you want to have this stage your baby is in photographed, do it. No one has ever regretted documenting their baby. If this stage is so adorable, irresistible, and you don’t want it to pass then contact me now and we will get you on the calendar asap.

With that, let’s talk about great ages to photograph.

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Six to Nine Months is a great age to photograph your baby.

One of my favorite stages for my own kids was from 6-9 months old. This is the time when their own personality is really starting to show, they can sit up on their own, and are full of giggles. These are all wonderful details of this stage in your baby’s life to photograph.

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You are the center of their world.

As your baby is developing her own personality, you are still the center of her world. It is you who brings out the biggest smiles and giggles. It is you who knows her favorite games and activities. It is you who brings out that sparkle in her eye. All of these facts make this stage the perfect time to not only photograph your baby, but make sure you get in the frame with your child.

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Introducing Milestone Sessions

After the many requests of parents about a Baby’s 1st Year Photo Package or milestone sessions, I have decided to add milestone sessions for your baby’s first year. A milestone session is a 30 minute, on-location session (in your home or at an outdoor location) available when you book either a newborn session and/or a full family session for Baby’s 1st Year. These sessions are great whether you want to have your child documented at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, or anytime in between. Learn more and book your baby’s milestone session here.

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