Article: Coordinating Colours

When Jac asked me what her and her girls should wear during their session, I told her that the most important thing was colour.

Great colour can really enhance that “put together” look in a session. Jac got two adorable dresses for her daughters that were the same fabric, but a different cut. In the fabric there was lots of little flowers in pretty corals, yellows, and blues. The bold colours and pattern helped add a little bit of whimsy to the photos of the girls.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I arrived and discovered a delightful colour palette waiting for me in the living room. The walls were a soft mustard yellow which picked up the little bit of yellow in the dresses, and Jac wore a blue sweater which highlighted the blue flowers. Not only that, but the stylish furniture was warm, comfy, and earthy coloured which also coordinated. The icing on the cake was a large bay window for beautiful light.

When choosing complimentary colours for your own session try thinking about warms, cools, or colours found in nature. Don’t be afraid to try bright colours either. The only things to avoid are bright white, multiple bold patterns, and clothing logos or labels. Try adding funky accessories or layers for a more modern feel.

Decide before the shoot what look you’re going for. Where in your home will your portraits be displayed? If in a more formal room, be sure everyone’s clothing is coordinated to this look. If the room is less formal and more “family” keep this in mind as well. Furnishings from desired rooms can also be used if the shoot is in-home, guaranteeing a perfect match to your decor.

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