This is the first of a series of guides we will be putting up that concentrate on how to prepare for a family photography session.
The question we get asked the most when people book their family portrait session is what should I wear for my photoshoot? The simple answer is something that makes you feel good. If you are in clothes you like and that fit well, you will be more confident throughout the shoot and we will get better results together. That being said there are some things we suggest, based on past experience, which may help you choose your outfits.
SOLID COLOURS RATHER THAN PRINTS
Whilst prints can look great, we usually suggest that you go for clothes that have solid colours because bold prints can often be distracting and people looking at your portrait may be more drawn to your clothes than you.
COLOUR IS YOUR FRIEND
Bright, rich colours look great in photos, as they really stand out and make you pop from the background. Lighter coloured brights stand out well too and aren’t too distracting (i.e. no neon greens and yellows). White looks fresh and can look great and we can change the background colour to make it pop too.
THINK BEFORE FOLLOWING TRENDS
Everyone has that photo that they look back on and say “what was I thinking when I wore that?”. trends come and go, so think carefully before you dress bang on trend for your shoot. that is unless you are looking for a particular style for your portrait.
When shooting couples or family groups, co-ordinating your outfits shows that you belong together. Let’s be clear though, this doesn’t mean you should all show up in matching jumpers, that just looks weird! Instead think about the style of clothes and try to co-ordinate that. If everyone is going dressy, then make sure you are all looking sharp. Likewise if you are going for a more natural look, then let everyone wear something casual.
A good tip is to pick a few colours and match them throughout your clothing. If mum is wearing a blue dress with a grey top, then dad could pick up that blue in his checked shirt, with the son and daughter picking up the grey in their clothing. The obvious way to do this is that everyone wear jeans for example.There are different cuts and varieties, but it just gives that feeling of togetherness that belongs in a good group portrait.
HOW MANY OUTFITS SHOULD I BRING?
We recommend that for an hours photo shoot you bring 1-2 changes of clothes to mix up the style of the shoot. Obviously changing outfit is a lot easier in the studio, but a good alternative for a location shoot is to use layers that can be removed to give a different feel.
COMFORT IS KEY
Your shoot is an hour long and you will most likely be standing up for a lot of that time but we will also be doing different poses and getting you to move around a bit so make sure that whatever you wear, you are comfortable. If you’re comfortable, you’ll feel more confident and it will show in your photos. Get the look you want, dress up if you like, but don’t wear something if it makes you self-conscious or, you know you’re going to have keep adjusting it during your shoot because you just don’t feel right. Remember, the more relaxed you are, the better your portrait will be.
On the subject of comfort, dress for the season, especially if we are shooting outdoors. The temperature will be a factor you need to think about as being too hot or too cold during a shoot is never fun.
LASTLY, BE YOURSELF
This is the most important advice we can give you. This is all about you. It’s your shoot and your portrait so do whatever you need to do to let your personality show!
We That's it for this instalment. Next week, we will look at hair and makeup.
If you want more tips on how to prepare for you photoshoot, you can download our guide to beautiful Lincolnshire portrait photography HERE