Ideas on what to wear:
Wall portraits reflect your personality and who you are. So it is important to choose a style that will fit in your home.It is our aim to create beautiful portraits that you will always cherish. In order to do so we need your help.Please take a moment to review the following tips and don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions.We are more than happy to discuss your requirements and find what is most suitable.
Clothing can really affect the look of a portrait – so it is worth spending time to get it right. Also if you are investing in a wall portrait consider the room where it will go and what colour clothing will complement and co-ordinate with the room’s scheme. Plain clothing such as denim, cotton and linen tend to work best in portraits . White is not ideal (unless with jeans!) – aim for light earthy tones such as cream, beige or pastels. Large logos or highly patterned/striped/checked clothes are best avoided as this detracts from the faces and can date the image very quickly.Black or dark coloured clothes are generally more suited to a dark studio background when you want to create a more emotive and traditional feeling.For family groups try to keep style of clothes similar (i.e. either all casual or all formal – it is important to be colour co-odinated). Keep jewellery, hair slides etc to a minimum or they may detract from the overall impact of your portraits.Choose props that say something about the people in the portrait. They should simply help tell the story.Stay calm and plan ahead. Your child, no matter how young, will sense your anxiety and it will affect them during the session.Don’t dress young children until you arrive at the studio.We do have some fairy dresses and vintage style clothing for children to wear – depending on age. Please ask!
Maternity Photo Session:
Just like everyday you want to choose clothing for your maternity session that you feel most comfortable and beautiful wearing. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to choose the right maternity session outfit to get beautiful photos and the results you love.
1.The Maxi Dress.
Long or mid knee length maxi dresses with a chunky necklaces photograph well. A maxi dress highlights that beautiful baby bump and covers up any areas uoy feel are “problem” areas.
2. Wear Solids.
Solid colors photograph best however if you have a pattern you love and you want to include your significant other in the photos you want to be sure that you aren’t overly pattern happy and are wearing clashing patterns. Keep in mind that patterns can be very distracting, you what the focus of your images to be that beautiful baby belly not the pattern of your husbands favorite shirt.
3. Look at the colours in your home.
If your home colour palette is composed of neutral colours – if your walls are beige and brown think about what colours would be complimentary . Colours such as a deep turquoise or burgundy pair well with neutral colours. If you have a more bold colour palette with accent walls with pops of colours you may want to match some of your colour choices with your accent colour. When you get your large canvas print up on the wall you don’t want the colours to clash with your wall colour.
4. Choose your colour palette.
There are lots of factors to consider when you are planning your colors but first and foremost choose a palette you like. Keep in mind the location of the shoot and the colors of the background. Colors such as deep blues, sea foam and mint photograph well on the beach but may not look as natural in a park setting. The time of year that you are having your photographs taken may also influence the colors you choose. Other questions to ask yourself: Do you want to use the photos for any particular reason? Are you alright with wearing orange because it’s fall and then have that canvas on your wall year round?
There are lots of great ways to get color palette inspiration. You can search on Pinterest for color palette boards or just photos that contain a color scheme that is appealing to you.
Design Seeds is another excellent resource and you can actually search for color palettes based on choosing a color you want to use as your base and work other colors around. You can also search by season, style or theme such as “The Sea”, “Floral” and “Nature”. It pretty much rocks.
Here are a few ideas that I created using Design Seeds color palettes and Polyvore:
5. Don’t get too “matchy-matchy”.
If your “significant other” is going to be awesome enough to take some beautiful photos with you think about wearing complimentary colors or colors in the same color palette. Choose the color palette you love and then start raiding your closet to look for items you already have that fit in that color scheme. Another tip: If you have a favorite piece of clothing that you know you want to build your outfit around go to Design Seeds and search color palettes using that color as the base color – for example: you have a beautiful coral maxi dress you know you want to wear but you are not sure what other colors to use to accessorize. Set coral as your search color on design seeds and see what palettes come up. You may not have thought that a dark blue would go well and your husband has a dark blue shirt, you add a dark blue scarf and bam! you are coordinated and look amazing.
6. Avoid the jeans and black/white shirt look.
While a white shirt is classic you can sometimes end up seeing more than you intended in your photos. White can also wash you out and make you look pale.
7. Choose a timeless look.
You’ve invested quite a bit of money for your maternity photos that will become treasured family heirlooms (imagine your son/daughter looking at your maternity photos when they are adults – the worth of these images is invaluable.) You want to choose clothes that have a somewhat classic and timeless look. Another reason to avoid patterns – think back to your Mom’s 1970’s living room curtains!
8. Choose clothing with texture.
It’s great to choose articles of clothing with different textures to add interest to the photo. Pair cotton with jeans, throw in some tweed or have your husband wear chords. Be creative.
9. Accessories are awesome ….so are layers.
Start with your base layer of clothing – your solid colored dress, a solid colored top and jeans and then add layers of texture and accessories. Add a textured short jacket or blazer, add a floral scarf, add a chunky necklace and bracelets or a headband. Don’t forget to pay attention to or feet. A cute pair of shoes can make the outfit but it may be appropriate to go barefoot depending on your location.
10. Lay it out.
There are tons of great tools out there online including thousands of Pinterest boards dedicated to ideas on what to wear for portraits. Once you’ve pulled some options out of your closet just keep it simple and lay your clothing choice out on a solid neutral colored surface (beige carpet works great).
Family Photo Session :
The very first question I get asked after I confirm a booking for a family photo session is “what should we wear?”. I understand your anxiety related to this question, you are investing in your family portrait and that can feel like a lot of pressure. I recently contacted my favorite photographer to book our family portraits and with 4 kids to outfit I’m realizing that this is no easy task. I’ve done some research for myself so I thought I’d pass it onto you along with some additional resources to help this task seem less daunting and more enjoyable.
1. Be the star.
When choosing your clothing first remember this – you should be the star of your portraits, not your clothing. Meaning whatever you choose don’t let the outfit take away from the people in the portrait. If the colors of the clothes are too bright or the patterns are too distracting people will only notice that and not the smiles on the faces of your family members or feel the emotions the portrait should evoke.
2. Coordinate your colours , don’t match.
You want to choose colors in the same color family but you don’t want to be a carbon copy of one another. There are many different ways to choose your color palette for your outfits, here are a few ideas:1. Pick a piece of clothing that you love and know you want someone to wear for the photo shoot. It could be a blue patterned dress of your daughter’s or a coral tie of your husband’s – then begin to build your palette around that color.2. If you have a particular color you know you want to incorporate but don’t know what other colors would coordinate well check out Design Seeds.3. Think about your photo shoot location. What colors would coordinate well with an urban backdrop or a grassy field? At design seeds you can also look at photos to inspire you and the color palette will be drawn out of that photo.
3. Dress for the season.
Keep in mind the season and purpose of your photo. Are you taking a portrait for your annual Christmas or Holiday Card? Do you want the photos to have a holiday color palette? If so think about it that portrait would be appropriate to display all year round or will it have too much of a Christmas Vacation feel? (I’ll talk more about coordinating your colors with the colors of your home in a bit.)
At all costs avoid the denim and white shirt look .Not only is that look overdone but everyone has large family portrait from the 1990’s hiding in their home someone sporting this look. You can certainly work denim into your look in a way that isn’t overdone for example, dad may wear jeans, and baby girl may wear a jean dress.
Also, try to avoid the mini me look. Again, coordinating colors are good but mommy & me matching outfits can just look odd (think awkward family photos).
4. Shine your shoes.
Pay attention to what you wear on your feet the day of the photo shoot. Nothing ruins a photo like a raggy old pair of running shoes that were once white and now they are kind of a beige/brown color. Choose shoes that make a statement and reflect your personality. For men remember to match the socks with the pants – not the shoes. If you are wearing khaki pants choose khaki socks to avoid the white-gym-sock-sticking-out look.
5. Look to your home for inspiration.
Are you planning to order a large canvas of your family portrait to hang over your fire place or in a prominent location in your home? If so it’s wise to look at the colors of your home when planning what to wear. What is the color palette of your home? Do you prefer cool sea inspired colors of pale blues and greens or is your home decorated in a warm palette of red, beige and yellow?
Choose classic looks and stay away from clothes that are too trendy. It is never ever ok to wear a cartoon character on your shirt or anything too pop culture because over time it will go out of style and your kids will ask, “Dad who is Sheldon?” or “What does Bazinga mean”?
6. Classic look ideas for men:
-denim jeans or neutral colored pants such as khakis
-button down shirts
-solid colored polo shirts or solid colored sweaters layered over a plaid shirt