How to Get the Most From Your Family Portraits

Here are some ideas for your upcoming family pictures.....

How to Get the Most From Your Family Portraits

* Get a good night’s rest for a fresh look.

Clothes, Colors & Shoes –
* When it comes to clothes in general, try to dress everyone in a similar color - it tends to portray closeness.
* Try to avoid large areas of pastels, bold stripes, bold patterns, or anything that is too distracting.
* Avoid short sleeves for adults – upper arms tend to photograph larger than they really are in real life. Wear ¾ sleeves or long sleeves.
* Avoid the color green for outdoor pictures.
* Dark and solid colors have a slimming effect.
* Keep jewelry simple and conservative. Keep makeup clean and fresh – bring along some lipstick and powder to freshen up before the portrait.
* Try to avoid white socks and white shoes as they are very distracting.
* A popular choice for family pictures is khaki pants or Dockers with a white shirt. Jeans with the same color shirt also works well. Sweaters are always nice for fall pictures.
* If you wear glasses, consider having the lenses removed for the portrait session.
* The night before your portraits, lay everyone’s clothes on the bed, step back and look at your choices. Does everything match? Is there something that just doesn’t belong or is too distracting?
* Try to have your kids fed and napped before the session.
* Try not to lecture your kids beforehand. I try to keep your session fun and upbeat. I will not ask your kids to say, “Cheese” or “Smile.” Your job is to have fun as a family while I capture those precious moments. We will usually start the session with a few “posed” pictures as a family and then a few “posed” pictures of each child/couple. After that, your job is to have fun.
* If you have any ideas, bring them! If you want to try a new pose, we’ll try it! If you want to capture a certain picture, we’ll try it! Part of this experience is trying new things.