So you understand what to do when picking outfits for everyone for family photos, but how do you pick what colors to wear? The most common question I get from families is about what to wear for their session. I have created a blog post on What to Wear for Family Photos, but I wanted to take it a step further and start a series on help you think about the actual colors you choose.
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.
Let’s talk about the color blue.
I’m starting with blue, because it is one of the most popular colors during family photos. Personally, I have had blue, or a variation of blue, featured in most of my family sessions. It is a great color that goes with a lot, is beautiful, and it can usually be found in people’s closets. The other nice thing about blue is that most shades of blue go well together. Meaning, you do not have to have the exact same shade of blue for on everyone for it to look good.
Now let’s look at some things blue looks good with and hope you find some inspiration for your next family photo session!
Blue with neutrals.
Pairing blue with neutrals like cream, white, tan, grey and/or brown all provide a nice, clean look. The blue adds a little bit of color, while keeping your family looking fresh, clean, and modern. Blue jeans naturally bring in some blue, and like this family seen here, adding in a blue sweater, navy top, or a jean dress. (This family also beautifully used layers to not only keep kids warm but add dimension to their photographs).
Blue with teal
Whether you consider teal a shade of blue or a shade of green, teal is a beautiful color that can add a nice bright pop to your family photos. Navy blue pairs nicely with teal as there is a good contrast between the deep, dark navy and bright teal. To break up the blues a little, add in some grey or white like this family below did.
Blue with red.
Blue and red is one of my favorite color combinations. It is very “Americana” (yes, I love 4th of July clothes!), but also these complimentary colors help each other pop. The key when using any reds is to make sure they are the same shade. Red, unlike blue, can clash with itself if they are different shades. However, you can look very classic and stunning when you pick a blue and red color scheme.
Blue and Maroon
Now, you may think maroon is a shade of red, so I' just said this example. However, blue and maroon give a very different feel. A deep shade of red, maroon looks gorgeous with the yellows of fall. Navy and maroon feel very warm, cozy together. As usual, you can add in some neutrals to brighten and break things up a little bit.
Blue with Mustard Yellow
This happens to be one of my favorite color combinations. So much so, I may have done it two years in a row (gasp! Don’t tell anyone!). Again, the blue stands as a nice dark color with mustard yellow serving as a great pop of color. Yellow is a little tricky, like reds, so make sure you lay out your clothes to see that the yellows do not clash with each other.
A trick I use when shopping for certain colors like red and yellow is to shop at the same store. Companies typically use the same shades of colors along all clothing departments, from infant to adults. (Think Target, Hanna Anderson, Gap, etc).
Don’t forget to incorporate prints in your clothing.
You can get so focused on picking colors, that you may forget to includes prints - florals, plaid, stripes, polka dots (see my photo above, we have three of those things) in your outfit choices. The print can break up the colors a bit, add some interest, and help when you’re snuggled in close. If everyone is in the same color, you can blend into each other, and we want to stand out! It can also help so you feel coordinated but not “matchy-matchy” in all solids.
A bonus tip is if you like a print but it feels a little much, try throwing a cardigan over so the print just peeks out.
What colors will you choose?
I hope you’ve found some inspiration and are ready to tackle picking out your outfits for family photos this year! Blue is a great color with plenty of options to pair it with. Now that you’ve picked out your colors, get your session booked at the link below.