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- Coordinate colors, but do not strive to match. Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.
- Don’t forget accessories. Accessories not only add to your outfit, but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.
- Limit patterns. Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that is a pattern with all of the colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns, as it may distract the final image.
- Look for clothing collections. When shopping for clothes for my kids, I head to stores that typically have color coordinating collections. I can then purchase clothes for all of the children from one store. I know their clothes will coordinate.
- Avoid all white or all black clothing. It is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail.
- Textures are your friend. Textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image.
- Accessorize. Wear necklaces, bracelets, scarves, belts, light cardigan, vests for guys, hair bling!
- Do not wear tennis shoes… that’s not something you’re going to want to see in a photo that’s hanging on your walls for years to come.
- For cohesive ideas, visit my pinterest board, “What To Wear”
Consider the session location
- Places that have a lot of grass and/or trees don’t mix well with various shades of green clothing. Just make sure it’s not the large portion of the color scheme.
- Urban locations like Sloss or Morris Avenue are a little more loose, although at Sloss I’d advise against reds/oranges since there are tons of rusted pipes.
Other Session Tips:
- When you arrive to the session, be ready to walk a bit. Sometimes I will walk with you for several minutes before taking a photo – this allows everyone to take a breath and warm up to the idea of portraits being done. I often will walk and find a spot/good light that catches my eye and will have you stop and pose you in a natural/candid way.
- When I’m taking photos where I ask for everyone to look, often parents will look down at their kids to see their expression. Just make sure you’re looking at the camera and allow me to get you child(ren)’s expression. Sometimes I’ll hold the camera up to my face for several seconds before I see a good smile.
- The best photos are ones where families are simply being sweet and forget that I’m there. Play with your child(ren), kiss your spouse, hold hands, hug and snuggle.
- Please allow me to bring a child down off the ledge of a meltdown. Sometimes they just respond better to someone who isn’t mom or dad and that can often save them from a tear-streaked face.
- Please save scolding’s for after the session. A grumpy face/mood for a little one can be difficult to remedy in order to complete portraits.
- Sessions typically take about 1 hour, but don’t worry I don’t watch my clock!