Coordinating an entire family wardrobe for portraits is a lot of work! I always suggest starting with what you have in your closet and building out from there.
For Example: Mom has a long neutral floral flowy dress and pulls about 3 colors from it for the rest of the family. Below are a few other helpful tips to better prepare for your session.
Earth tones and muted colors are sure to create a timeless look. Start the process by coordinating different tones of Blues, Greys, Greens, Creams or Browns.
For family portraits choose about 3 of these colors and add a pop of color like Mustard, Blush or Burgundy if you wish.
Neon and extremely vibrant colors should be avoided.
Take into account the colors used in your home, your images are meant to be printed and be displayed as unique artwork in the home.
The portrait location also plays a major role in coordinating a cohesive look, taking tones from the surrounding environment works wonderfully.
One subtle pattern is enough to add visual interest without overdoing it. Patterns such as horizontal stripes are advised against as they create an odd moire effect, also multiple of the same pattern like plaid is too matchy matchy, in that which we are trying to avoid.
Extra tip: avoid Sparkles, Sequins, Reflective/Metallic material.
Layering creates wonderful visual interest as well as material that easily moves in the wind!
I encourage incorporating items such as chunky knitted sweaters, denim, boots, scarves, hair bows, and stylish hats to polish a look.
Being comfortable and staying true to your personal style is important. Avoid clothing that is too tight as the focus will be on adjusting clothing rather than your family/session.
All black tops for everyone and blue jeans or all white shirts and khakis is a look of the past. Trust me you can do this!
Please say no to baseball caps with logos and words, flip flops, dirty shoes, bright shoes, avoid all logos, wording and large screen prints as these will date your photos and do not help with creating a look of “togetherness” taking the attention off of your face.
Chipped nail polish, animal hair, Apple watches, keys and other devises in pockets will all surely ruin a image too! Edits for these types of mishaps can be costly to outsource.
Here are a few ways you can make sure your picture day goes smoothly!
HOW TO PREPARE
We will not focus on making your children sit a certain way or spend our time forcing a smile. Rather I guide my clients into subtle fun prompts to capture the session in a candid fashion as the little moments unfold. I ask that you embrace any and all emotions we may encounter on shoot day such as grumpy littles.
The final gallery may include a few traditional “smiling at the camera” shots but my lifestyle sessions aim to capture in between sweet moments interacting with your loves and the little details you never want to forget.
We may play with many different compositions and poses during our session but you will only see the very best that represent my style as a photographer. Images are initially culled carefully to insure they are in keeping with Whimsy & Glow's style and standards as a photographer and artist.
Images are sorted out that might include closed eyes, out of focus images, awkward posing and multiples. Images presented in the final gallery are fine tuned with horizon cropping, blemish removal, and overall color corrected in a warm and vibrant artistic style that is reflected on Heidi's portrait portfolio website and social media accounts.
Please reach out if you need any assistance in styling your wardrobe, I am here to help create the best possible images for you and your family.