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.

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