helpful Tips for your family session
This is a session about YOU, and your lovely family. Be relaxed and just be yourselves. Have fun! Don't think of it as a photo session. Think of it as just any other normal day of your family hanging out, doing what you love to do the most.
This is twofold. First, make sure to dress appropriately for the weather and second, for your location/environment. If the environment is more urban, then perhaps wear something dressier. If the location is in the middle of a field, bring flats just so you can walk easily. If there is a chance of rain, bring your stylish rain boots. Embrace both the environment and the weather.
COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER’S OUTFITS
Some color examples:
In group A, these colors create a harmony in pictures, and complement each other, you can each choose one color to wear for your outfit:
This does NOT mean matching. This is one area I found most families have trouble with. But don’t worry, I made some bullet points below to show you the do’s and don’ts, along with some examples of complementary colours.
- avoid bold, neon, and saturated colours (e.g. bright red, blue, orange, etc)
- avoid matching exactly
- avoid logos or company graphics, distracting patterns and stripes
- avoid light washed and ripped jeans
- avoid wearing sporty sneakers
- GOOD: neutral, soft, and subtle tones can be photographed beautifully and create a harmony in pictures
- GOOD: OK to wear deep dark jeans, avoid light washed, ripped jeans
- GOOD: Ok to wear floral prints (soft/subtle colours), the other can wear simple/neutral colours to compliment busy floral prints
- GOOD: bring a pair of flats for easy walking
In group B, these colors create a harmony in pictures, and complement each other, you can each choose one color to wear for your outfit:
DO SOMETHING FUN TOGETHER
What do you like to do together? Do you like to have a little picnic? Do you like to play with bubbles? What sport do you like to play together? DO IT and bring them to the shoot! But remember to be context appropriate.
Kids might be camera shy for the first time, bring their favourite stuffed animals, toys, little blankie to help them feel comfortable.
BRING YOUR PUP!
If you have seen my INSTAGRAM, you know how much I love my dog Ollie. It’s always a good idea to have your dog be part of your shoot. The only advice I have on this is to have either part of the session close to home or have someone pick your pup up. It’s just a little too long for them and we don’t want them to start acting up after a while.