Adding Color Your Holiday Photos

Trying to snap the perfect photo for your holiday greeting card is not without challenges, especially if you are trying to coordinate multiple family members, including Fido and Fifi. In addition to the setting and composition, color is a huge factor when shooting group shots.

I’m not big on having each member of the family don matchy-matchy outfits. However, it is a good idea to employ some semblance of color coordination when shooting a family photo. This is especially true if your group contains five or more subjects. After all, you don’t want one part of the clan to be sporting checkered tops and the other to be wearing floral jackets on the day of the big photo shoot.

Professional photographers will tell you that the best group shots feature subjects wearing outfits with the same color scheme. The safest colors for photos are muted tones that don’t distract from a person’s face. Suggested colors include:






*Hunter green


Colors that should be avoided on picture day are:


*Neon colors

*Bright red

*Bright green


Most people consider black to be a “safe” color to wear in a family portrait. However, most professional photographers warn to avoid wearing black in group shots because the color may cause lighting issues. Err on the side of caution and stick with neutral colors that will accentuate your natural features.

Of course, some color rules can be broken. For example, if you want your shot to feature one member of the family in a more predominant role, then have that person wear a color that stands out for the rest of the clan. In an instance where the family matriarch is being flanked by several generations of children, then it would be fine to have her wear a bright colored outfit while the rest of the group wears muted tones.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.