There is more to a successful photo session then just showing up with a smile. I first want to say this is all for YOUR benefit!
Grooming is first and foremost very important. Men should have a hair cut about a week before the session so that they don’t have that just cut look. Same goes for women. Plan the timing of your hair cut and or color so that you look your very best. Wear a bit more make up then normal as we tend to wash out in photographs. If you don’t wear make up then I suggest you at least wear some mascara and a soft color lip gloss. I promise you won’t look like a clown it ‘s just to show of your features in their best light.
The selection of proper clothing for your session is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful photo session. If the clothing is noticeable in a portrait, it could easily become distracting. Your beautiful faces are the focus so it could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture.
Dark clothing tends to slenderize, darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. Dark colors tend to slenderize and light colors seem to add weight to the bodies. Colors should be toned down as bright colors attract attention away from the face. Colors should be dark and not bright. When choosing lighter colors please avoid pink tones and yellow tones.
Prints or patterns as well as logos no matter how small become a big distraction. Wear long sleeves if possible. dark socks and shoes are very important. I won’t say long sleeves are a must especially for the women but it does help. Lay your entire wardrobe out on the bed from top to shoes. I know it sounds hard to figure out what to wear so I have included a couple of examples. If you notice this photograph is beautiful but look at the two with short or sleeveless and then look at those with long sleeves.You will notice whose faces immediately pop. Again this is a beautiful photograph of this family I am just showing you the difference between long sleeves and not. The choice is yours in the end.
Keeping a group in similar colors focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait. Dissimilar colors in groups tend to be more distracting. White tops with khakis or jeans can look very nice and casual, but if anyone in your family is super pale, white can make pale skin look paler.
Jeans are the timeless choice and they’re great for fun, casual pictures because they are flattering and don’t show wrinkles or panty lines.
See the example below then compare it to the one above. This shows you exactly what I am talking about in regard to prints and continuity of colors. Again this is a beautiful family photograph but there are some distracting elements. I recognize that sometimes we have children who aren’t really happy to sit for a photo much less wear what we as parents want them too, you might consider yourself lucky they even show up so don’t stress if they refuse to conform. We will work with what we have and I will strive to give you the most beautiful of family photographs.