Portrait sessions are easy, informal and loads of fun for everyone. Turning off your cell phone half an hour before your session and making sure that you have plenty of time will mean that you will be relaxed and it will show in every image.
What to wear?
Try to stick with simple styles to keep the look of your portrait clean and classic. But remember to wear clothes that reflect your individual personalities. Try to avoid logos and bold patterns as these will date photographs very quickly.
- Solid colours in the same tonal range definitely photograph the best.
- Mix it up with all light or all dark tones.
- Bring a change of clothes for a variation of different looks.
- Clothing with mid length to long sleeves photograph really well.
- Jeans look great on everyone.
- Don’t forget about your shoes, the one person wearing sneakers will stand out.
- Don’t be afraid to rug up. Winter portraits wearing jackets, scarves, hats and gloves can provide a fantastic range of textures that will contrast well with the winter landscape.
- If in doubt, just ask. I am only a phone call away and would rather you ask instead of worry that what you have picked out is not right. The only silly question is the one that goes unasked.
What about the littlies?
For your wee one, bring their favourite wee toys to keep them entertained, blankets and wraps are just adorable too. Shoes are optional when it comes to babies.
I try to make sure that we work around the littlies. Try and make sure that your session is at a time that is not pushing nap time too far out. If they are happy then we are all happy.
For little ones it is often a lot easier to photograph them at home in surroundings they are familiar with as opposed to taking them out on location. At home we can make sure that they are comfortable, warm, dry and happy.
I will always work to keep pace with our little ones. If that means taking a couple of photographs and then letting them run about to let off some steam, then that’s ok. I am very patient and as long as everyone stays calm, it will all be ok in the end 😉
What about the four legged members of the family?
Your family portrait would not be complete without your pets. There are a few tips that I try to keep in mind when photographing our four legged children:
- Bring a leash, toys and treats to help keep their attention.
- I will try to use natural light when photographing your pet, as using a flash can frighten and intimidate your pet.
- If we can not include them in your main family portrait we can always photograph them in their own special setting.
- Capturing their unique character will result in the best pet portrait, this can sometimes take time but it will be worth the wait.
- Pet photography requires a lot of patience. No matter how excited your four legged friend is, eventually they will calm down enough to capture a unique image that lets their personality shine through.
- Some fresh water and a lot of praise for afterward always goes down well too.
A little preparation for your family portrait session will help you to be relaxed and get the best results. Plan in advance what you will wear and if you like, I can give you my recommendations and help you to choose which clothes will photograph well at our pre shoot consultation. Remember to emphasise your personalities but keep it simple. Fashions come and go quite quickly so choosing more classic styles of clothing will help to avoid your photographs looking dated before their time. Bring along any accessories you would like to use. Try on all outfits the day before your session to make sure they are ready and above all, choose a day and time that is convenient for your schedule so that you feel relaxed.
Remember, you are doing this for you and your family! You are creating a memory to treasure forever.
You will treasure these images as much now as your children will in twenty years time.