The photos of everyone in the family wearing the same color jeans and top were trendy in the ’90s but we’ve moved on from there. The most pleasing photos nowadays have everyone in the same color scheme but without all the matchy-matchy goodness of the past. Try picking four or five colors that you want everyone to wear that go well together like brown, navy, cream and mustard. The mustard makes for a nice “pop” color too! Another combo that works would be grey, red, teal and pale green. If you need help finding palette inspiration check out design-seeds.com Find a photo you like and go off that palette or choose a hue you know you want to use and let them create a palette for you.
-add color and interest
Scarves, hates, flowers in the hair for girls, jewelry, sweaters, vests, etc.- all the things can take a ho-hum image and make it "complete"! Don't let the accessories overwhelm the subject or images though. Usually I would say go very minimal on jewelry--if not, zero jewelry. For instance, if big sister's dress has tones of purple, blue and grey. Have mom wear a purple headband and lil' brother in a blue Converse and bow tie. Show off the kids' and your unique personality with accessories.
Layers and textures are beautiful and create interest in photos. I love working using multiple textures, especially important when working with a color palette a bit on the neutral or softer side (with a subtle color pop here or there). These details and added depth are especially important in black and white images.
Obviously you want your images to make sense. One typically wouldn’t be wearing jeans, boots, and a jacket to the beach in the Summer so why would you for pictures? Dress the part and be aware of your location. For example, if you are shooting at the beach, ladies wear a pretty dress and sandals, put dad in a short sleeve shirt and shorts OR pants (which you can also roll up), put your little girl in a sweet Spring or Summer dress, etc. You will want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and coordinates in both colors AND styles.
Typically, not something everyone will keep in mind before their session. However, I always encourage clients to think about their home, their decor,colors, and style of their homes. Chances are, at some point after your session, you will be ordering prints or digital files. Why not keep your your decor in mind and ensure that it all blends into your home. This will ensure that any large portraits will coordinate beautifully.
You have paid for a great session for some wonderful images. In order to make that happen, it is best to leave YOUR cameras or cell phones in your car. It is extremely distracting for the people who are being photographed and difficult for the photographer to capture those wonderful images you paid for. It is best to just leave your cameras in the car and wait to get your professional images you hired your photographer to capture.
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