In art and design, the color wheel is an indispensable tool. Colors opposite each other on the wheel are complementary. Photographers can use the color wheel to guide clients to colors that look great together and don’t clash. If a family loves the pairing of orange and blue, for example, suggest some pops of orange amongst varying tones of blues in cotton, denim, and chambray fabrics. For single subjects, recom- mend outfits that complement the tones in the location. In a green field, for example, dark pink stands out beautifully.
Warm Colors – colors that make us feel cozy! Think – pink, red, coral, orange, yellow.
Cool Colors – colors that are opposite of warm, and make us feel like we need to grab a scarf and a sweater. Green, blue, purple, violet.
Monochromatic – very calm and soothing (varying shades of one color).
Analogous colors – colors that promote happiness, and energy. These colors that are side-by-side on the color wheel (aka color buddies).
Complementary – complementary colors give off lots of energy, but can be distracting if you aren’t careful. They are opposite and across from each other on the color wheel with a lot of contrast. Equal intensity but opposite.
Please accessorize, but less is more. When it comes to kiddos, make sure they like or are used to wearing bows, headbands, hats, before the session day. I never want to take anything away. Incorporating local flavor into a session is also fun — as long as it isn’t distracting or takes away from the outfits.
Created with images by Shanna Camilleri - "Another freezing day in Montreal" • Chelsea fern - "@fefi5000 and daughter. Shot by @ChelseaFernPhoto" • Steve Johnson - "untitled image" • Alexandra Gorn - "wardrobe" • Luke Braswell - "move" • Micheile Henderson - "untitled image" • Julie Johnson - "Tender Love" • Liana Mikah - "A Boy and his Mama"