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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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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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Grey Skies Make for Beautiful Family Portraits | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

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Grey Skies Make for Beautiful Family Portraits | Snoqualmie Family Photographer

The Pacific Northwest is one of the best places on earth, wouldn’t you agree? The evergreen trees, mountains, rivers, lakes….the list goes on for all of the beauty that surrounds us here. I feel lucky that I see a beautiful mountain daily out the windows in our home. This area is a photographer’s dream come true with all of the natural beauty around. However, if you live in the Seattle area, you know with all that greenery comes rain and grey skies.

While I LOVE myself a gorgeous sunset for a family session, that isn’t always possible here in the great PNW.

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However, grey skies can make for gorgeous family photos.

I want to first remind you that despite the beauty around us, having family photos is not about showing off the landscape. Instead family photos is about documenting YOU, your family, your love, your connections, those dynamics within your family, this stage that you are in right now. While I put emphasis on location and the time of day your session takes place for both light and to accentuate those things, those are just details working in the background. So if the sun isn’t going to shine on your photo session day, rest easy. We will still beautifully capture your family.

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Grey days mean fewer people at the park.

The evening of this session we had this park to ourselves. The entire time we saw probably three other people, and while on the beach, it was just us. If you have ever been to Lake Sammamish State Park you know that is quite the miracle. Having the place to ourselves meant not worrying about people in the background, not waiting for people to move, and just letting the kids have the run of the area.

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Stormy skies can add drama to your photos.

If the skies begin to turn a little, those stormy skies just add even more depth and interest to your photos. The sky started getting darker and stormy and it was so beautiful as we played on the beach. The deep colors made this family really pop!

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Kids love playing with umbrellas.

Just in case it starts to rain a little, having an umbrella on hand serves a few great purposes. Kids love to play with umbrellas like it’s a game, plus you can stay dry and extend the session a little longer. (At the end of this session the skies did OPEN up, but it was at the very end, we took a few last shots with the entire family under the umbrella and headed in!

A bonus tip, is that a clear umbrella photographs beautifully. Not only can you see through it, but it lets light in and does not give off color casts (like a yellow or red one will do).

Res easy knowing that grey skies photograph beautifully too. I know I show off a lot of strongly backlight images, however, this session just goes to show you it isn’t about that at all (make sure you scroll down and click through a “few” more favorites)! Of course, should it actually be set to rain we can always reschedule or pick a covered location (I have suggestions or we can do it in your home).

With the weather as one less worry for your regarding your session, no more excuses. Book your family session now. I promise you won’t regret it.

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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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