The sun’s out which means it’s time for family pictures! Are you hiring a photographer for formal photos? Or DIYing it for something casual and fun? Either way, having a color scheme is the best way to ensure your photos come out picture perfect. When it comes to color scheme, you’ve got to consider your location. From photos on the beach to the backyard, using denim, neutrals, navy, and pops of yellow are a great way to let your family stand out in the great outdoors. Take a look at some of these SUNsational summer family picture outfits.
Summer Family Picture Outfit Color Scheme: Beach
If you plan on hitting the beach at all this summer, then a family picture is a must. Informal or formal, the sand, surf, and sun make for perfect portraits. You could opt to take your photos in swim wear. Or you could go for casual wear rather than swim suits. As far as color schemes go, white is a great option for the beach. It will allow the sand and surf to be accessories rather than overwhelming the photo. If you want to do color, then try picking a bold shade and allowing everyone to choose clothing they like in that tone. Aim for clothing that’s made from light fabrics like cotton and linen to keep the tone light and airy. If you want to add in pattern, look for embroidery or eyelets to keep things in season.
Summer Family Picture Outfits: Denim
Denim makes for a great color scheme for outdoor family pictures! It doesn’t have to be totally 90s with full denim unless you’re going for that visual. If you’re looking to update the denim color scheme, try adding in pieces of denim in different shades. Then contrast with soft pops of color like blush or light blue. One of my favorite places to get denim for my kids is The Children’s Place (they recently purchased Crazy 8). You can grab some super affordable denim for all the littles here! I’d also suggest adding in some contrasting fabrics like tulle for the girls and soft cotton t-shirts for the boys.
Summer Family Picture Outfits: Neutral
If you’re location is bursting with flowers and bright colors, then a neutral color scheme is a must. Stick to cream, beige, olive, and grey. This will let your background put the focus on you and your family’s cute smiles rather than overwhelming the picture. For little kids, I really love Finn and Emma because of their fabulous neutral palette. When it comes to fabrics, you can do everything from cotton to tulle! Feel free to really mix and match what’s comfortable.
Sure black is slimming when it comes to photos, but navy is a better choice for outdoor summer pictures. Navy is slimming an also draws the viewers eye where you want it. Try pairing the navy with pops of white or cream. Incorporating stripes is also a great way to break up the monotony of the photo. Because navy can be a little heavy, try keeping the fabrics light. Cotton, linen, and blends all work well to lighten up the darkness of the navy. Plus if you’re aiming for something summery, a light fabric will help keep things in season.
Summer Family Picture Outfits: Yellow
It might seem odd to choose yellow for family pictures, but hear me out. Adding pops of yellow not only emphasizes the season, but it can add some delicate touches of color to your pictures. By switching up patterns and shades of yellow you can some subtle color that doesn’t overwhelm your setting. Try adding in some splashes of white and blue to balance out the color scheme. Again, work on balancing out the fabrics here. Yellow in polyester blends tends to be really vibrant, and you want to avoid that in photos. Opt for airy fabrics like linen, organza, tulle, and cotton to keep things in the right tones.
Whether you’re up for a destination family picture or just an informal snap while enjoying the great outdoors, don’t underestimate a good color scheme! So go raid your closet, do a little online shopping, and go enjoy the outdoors. Just make sure to document it while you’re out!