Planning Your Family Portrait Session

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It’s almost time for your family portrait session! Here are some suggestions for outfit selections and other tidbits to help your session planning to go smoothly.

Outfit and accessories:

You do not have to be matchy-matchy with the others in the photos but wear clothes that compliment each other in color and style. The key is to look coordinated in the photos. Neutral colors photograph well.  I generally suggest wearing clothes that are solid in color. You can add a punch of color in the photos through accessories such as shoes or jewelry. Little girls can wear hair accessories such as a head band or a pretty bow. Be sure to dress for the weather so that you are not too cold or too hot during the session.

If you like to wear prints such as plaid or polka dots, then I would recommend one person wears the print and the other wears a solid color. The photos will appear less busy and distracting. Note-please do not wear anything with small repeating prints such as small checkered clothing, larger checks or plaid are okay because the small pattern will cause a chromatic aberration in your photos (the colors of your shirt may vary slightly from photo to photo).

Make sure you are equal in attire in terms of how formal or casual you want to dress. If one person is wearing an elegant dress then the other person should avoid wearing jeans or shorts and tennis shoes.

Wear outfits that flatter your body shape. Sit down in the attire you want to wear and make sure you like the way you appear in front of the mirror. Some outfits such as tops or dresses are not as flattering to the shape of the body once you sit down. Pay attention to the color of your outfit to make sure you like how it matches your skin tone.

For the ladies that want to pair up your ensemble with high heels you may want to consider arriving at your session wearing a regular pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk in if your photo session is going to be in a location that requires some walking. Carry the heels with you instead of wearing them.  Walking in a park with heels on may be a bit uncomfortable. Heels are feminine and flattering in photos.  They also help add height or elongate the legs for women who may need that extra boost.

If you cannot decide on a color choice for shoes, I would recommend selecting neutral colors such as nude, tan, brown, or black.

Other tidbits:

Bring something to drink and/or a light snack.  You do not want to feel dehydrated or hungry during your session because you want to look and feel your best!

Do not bring valuables to the photo session.

Consider bringing any belongings you may need during the session in a tote bag that you don’t mind setting on the ground and getting dirty because we will be moving around.

Touch-up makeup, small mirror, or a hair brush if you want to freshen up during the session.

Have fun preparing for your session and I’m always here along the way to help!


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