GET TO KNOW THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Family portraits are a very special event! When you work with me, you get to benefit from my many years of experience shooting families, which includes knowing how to work with natural lighting, where to find the best locations for your shoot, and how to compose a great shot.
I am a skilled editor and know exactly how to make everyone look incredible in every photo. I will also bring the unique style and personality of your family through in each and every image and will be there to guide you on how to pose and smile in order to get the best photos.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT TO WEAR
There are a lot of factors that contribute to an amazing family portrait session and your wardrobe is one of them. I recommend bringing more than one type of outfit to your session, here are a few ideas to get you started.
It is best to select colors that are complimentary as opposed to matching. Soft colors such as pink, light blue, lavender, yellow, etc. are very pleasing to the lens. If bolder colors are more your style, red, black, dark blue, purple or orange make for a more dramatic look. Earth tones or
contrasting, such as big stripes paired with a solid color, work well too. Pinstripes or small dots generally do not photograph well.
For children, bring outfits that have a lot of creativity behind them. They can be fun, layered looks, sporty, textures (tutus and ruffles for girls look so cute!), jeans, khakis, sweaters, skirts, dresses, etc. “Sunday” wear dress code works well.
Don’t forget the shoes and socks. Men, avoid wearing white socks with dress shoes. Make sure your shoes are clean, not raggedy or muddy. Barefoot photos can also be fun! For the women, boots, heels, sandals or dress shoes look great.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid character t-shirts, shirts with sayings, etc. It is best not to get your haircut the day of or the day before a portrait session - try to allow 5 days after a haircut before your photo shoot.
Layers are an easy way to change up the look of your portraits without needing a complete wardrobe change. Scarves, vests, jackets and even blankets are great additions. Having a difficult time planning your wardrobe? Start with a statement piece or outfit for one family member and coordinate colors / styles for other family members that are complimentary.
My dogs are a huge part of my family, which is why I love when families choose to incorporate pets into their session. I recommend planning for your pet to be at the first part of your session and then either dropping them off or having a friend take them home. We won't use your pet in every photo so it's also nice to have a friend available to hold him or her in between shots.
If you're planning to bring a pet, I recommend exercising your pet before the session and bringing a favorite toy or treat. Depending on your pet, it might also be a good idea to groom them prior to the shoot.