photo of family with son on dad's shoulders


The biggest struggle and sometimes question that I get is about clothing for your photography session. The truth is, what you wear and the colors you wear can make your photos look totally different.

So this blog post isn’t about “What to Wear”. I actually have another blog post on that and you can see that here. That posts will tell you the dos and don’ts on what exactly to think about when it comes to styling and what looks flattering.

This one is really about colors and how it can affect the look you are going for in photos.

Think about what you want to see hung up in your home. Are you wanting photos to have a seasonal color pop? Are you going for bold looks? Do you like that pop of color? Or maybe you really like neutral or lighter colors. Both of these things can affect the colors or look that you may be going for.


So I wanted to post a couple of examples.

The first photo was taken at sunset (blue hour) where that sun already went over the mountain. But mom was wearing just enough pop of color to not make it too overwhelming. So that leads to the big trick. If you like that pop of color, don’t put the whole family in it. You want to sort of offset it with some lighter and neutral tones.

The second photo was completely neutral at golden hour. This is where you sort of want to match the earthy backgrounds of your location to give a more neutral look. So those tans, creams, browns, and light sage greens will do that if that’s the look that you are going for.

So what’s my recommendation or my opinion? The truth is I LOVE BOTH! I used to really love POP of color only. But through the years, I’ve truly learned that I love both looks. Sorry I am no help. It’s almost like Golden Hour and Blue Hour – I just cannot decide which I like best there either. That’s the fun part of being a photographer, the scene can change even if I am at the same exact location with light and what my subjects are wearing!

So it really comes down to you and what you like. And hopefully I’ve shown you two opposite photos and it shows how it can truly change a photo session vibe. I’ll post a few more looks below that are good color combinations to give neutral and pops of color.

Not sure on what I mean about Golden Hour and Blue Hour?