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How to Wear Pastel colors for an Encinitas Beach Family Photo Session

Encinitas has wonderful beaches for a family photo session. The combination of cliffs and tide pools provide great opportunities for different types of photos. Low tide is the best time for a photo session on these beaches, as there is enough sand to run and play on.

Pastel colors work perfectly for beach photography. The soft tones blend well with the golden hour light. Here are some photos that show how to combine pastel colors to create the ideal family wardrobe for your beach photo shoot.

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Tip 1: Coordinate colors, don't match them

This mom did a great job in picking different colors that coordinate with each other. They don't compete, and they don't match. The colors are all soft hues that blend well together: Mint green, soft pink, light tan, and light blue. We met in the early morning, and the sky had soft hues of blues & pinks. The water had a soft green cast that day: perfect conditions for this choice of colors.

coordinated pastel outfits for encinitas  family photographer session

Dad's wearing a combination of a neutral gray (shorts) and a light blue top.

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Tip 2: Mix prints and solids

While mom and two of the girls are wearing solid colors, one of the girls is wearing a floral print. The colors in the design pick up some of the colors that mom and sisters are wearing. The print blends in and provides some visual interest.

how to wear pastels for a beach photo session


Tip 3: Add Texture

Mom's dress has a gathered waist and soft folds that compliment the ruffles in the girls dresses. The classic lines and design of dad's outfit provide an anchor for the softness and fluidity of the dresses.

Encinitas beach photographer with coordinated pastel outfits


Tip 4: Wear something comfortable that is easy to move in

The soft rayon fabric of these dresses was perfect for the warm morning on the beach. While the fabric held up to some splashing in the the water, it's always a good idea to bring along towels and a change of clothes for the trip home.

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Tip 5: You can find affordable outfits on Amazon

These dresses may look very detailed and expensive, however they were purchased on Amazon. Search for "girls beach photography dress" or "girls pastel dress for photo shoot" to find some wonderful pieces.


MJ Falvey is a beach photographer who documents stories of love and connection. She specializes in in active, vibrant, and joyful photography of people and pets on San Diego's beautiful beaches, especially those of North County San Diego: Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla.

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