Color, color, color! You’re going to hear it over and over again from pretty much every photographer out there- Incorporate color into your outfits for a great family photo. And it’s true! My normally recommended formula for a family session is a 2 to 3 coordinating colors- something that pops! But….there’s always an exception, right??
And I’m here to tell you that, yes indeed, there is an exception, because done the right way a whole lot of neutrals can look pretty darn good in your family photo session. . . as long as you do it right.
Now, what I’m NOT talking about is the early 1990’s throwback with everyone in denim and white t-shirts! And if you’ve done this very scenario for family pictures…I really mean no offense! But let’s keep in mind that it’s not the 90’s anymore! We can all breathe a big sigh of relief and move on from that look 😉
So what does it look like to effectively use a neutral color palette for a family photo session? Here’s a few helpful things to keep in mind:
- Use a variety of neutrals. Rather than sticking to one or two naturals (such as the circa 1995 denim and white) use a variety of neutrals- varying shades of grey, white, and black can all be used.
- Use pattern. Just because you are using a neutral color palette doesn’t mean that you have to forgo pattern! This is a fun way to add variety to the mix.
- Add the occasional pop of color. Just because you are using neutrals doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun pop of color. I always recommend that family outfits include a wild card. This could be an unexpected pop of color or bold pattern that no one else is wearing. Throwing this in with a child’s outfit is a fun and easy way to do this.
Check out these examples for some ideas of how to put together your own neutral outfits for your next family photo session!
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