Well, to paraphrase, It’s been a busy week here in Lake Wobegon! There’s been a plethora of activity around the household last week. Getting things buttoned up for winter, dealing with family concerns back East, and wrapping up Senior portraits for the season. Even with all that going on, I did manage to slip away to the mountains for a short day and create some fall color images!
So today, I’d like to continue our conversation regarding “What to wear” to your photo session. We’ve previously talked about style and fit. Now let’s turn our attention to color. The keyword here is “cohesiveness”. One way to get cohesiveness is by having everyone wear the same color. Now, when I say same color, I don’t necessarily mean “Matchy-Matchy”. Having everyone in the same shade jeans and a white shirt certainly is cohesive but tends to be a bit formal and perhaps even cliché. That said, all being dressed in the same color and style of outfit can make for a nice formal group portrait. Think about all the great formal images taken at a wedding. Everyone is dressed alike and it looks great!
On the other hand, you could pick a common color, and that becomes the family’s cohesive element, and everyone can accessorize their outfit with their own harmonious color. If you head over to Pinterest and do a quick search for “family photo outfits fall color schemes”, you will come up with endless variations. Maroon may be your “base” color, but that can easily be paired with blues, purples, whites, grays, etc. Coordinating the group’s wardrobe in this way makes for a thoughtful and cohesive look yet retains a great degree of informality and openness in your images.
In picking out your color scheme, don’t forget to give your environment consideration as well. Consider white, light tan, aqua, and teals for a beach scene as they play well with the sand and water. Conversely, if you’re have your family portrait taken in an area dominated with golden aspen, you might incorporate bone, ochre, tan, and/or brown into your attire.
So, think cohesiveness in your groups wardrobe, but look for ways to spice it up with other colors, unless you are going for a truly formal portrait!
Thanks for reading my ramblings. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.