When having your portrait taken, a little preparation will make a huge difference in the results of your beautiful portrait where some distracting elements can take away from your amazing features (ahem, like your beautiful eyes).
Here are some tips to help create a visually beautiful for your family portrait session
It can be tempting to match everyone in identical outfits (especially along gender lines), but I discourage this because it can make the final images look a little “stiff.” By choosing a color palette that you love and dressing everyone around it, you will create a family that looks like they belong together while still celebrating everyone’s uniqueness. Plus, color coordinating will hide any individual article of clothing that isn’t “perfect” to you.
It can help to have one "rock star" in the photo who carries a pattern in their outfit that the rest of the group's clothing and accessories pulls from, while keeping everyone else's outfit more simple.
Wear what you feel good in! Dress like your family on a typical day. If your little one hates jeans, please don’t make him wear them. If your husband’s summer attire is polo shirts and khaki shorts, just roll with it. You will find that the the images will look more authentic and your family will feel more comfortable during the session.
Make sure that the children can move freely in their outfits and that they aren't going to be pulling and scratching at their new clothes. You want them happy and comfortable.
Think outside the box... Scarves, hats, bows, jewelry, belt, vests, jackets, etc. - all these things can take just okay image and make it feel 'complete'. The accessories and clothing should just complement them. It is great way to show individual personality.
Adding layers and textures help create beautiful and interesting photos. One of the ways to achieve this is with different clothing materials and accents - tweed, crochet and embroidery details, lace, hand knit items, ribbons, ruffles, etc. Follow your own vision and style, and looking to what fits each individual personality best.
Shoes matter. The choice of shoes can make or break an outfit. Please no tennis shoes! Think about coordinating those bright and colorful shoes with other accessories and clothing in the photo. And many times NO shoes looks best.
Avoid logos, big pattern, graphics, character,s labels, etc. Keep those Nike or Under Armor shirts for sport activities.
Steer clear of fluorescents. Fluorescent colors tend to color cast on faces, necks and hair. They’re harsh sometimes. I always recommend versions of primary colors. Yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal).
No bright white socks and no sneakers unless we are talking about something fashion forward and simple like Converse or Vans. Also be sure to remove watches or jewelry not complementary to the session's look.
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