Avalon Photography Marie Commiskey

Tips for Family Portraits


Consider the following before your shoot your Family Portrait:


  1. Keep it classic for a timeless look. If you choose clothes that have looked good for years, the photos will likely continue to look good for years to come.
  2. There are no restrictions on how many outfits you want to change into so pick your favorite outfits and the ones that reflect YOU and your personal style.
  3. Choose complimentary colors. When choosing a color scheme try to choose a palette that has a mix of neutral shades and a bright color. Another option is a color scheme with one main color and different variations of that color. Avoid washout: White clothing can wash out a fair complexion. Remember, we want your face to be the lightest, brightest object in the portrait.
  4. Consider your location. If you’re shooting in an area with lots of visually distracting elements, solid colors will help you stand out.
  5. Long sleeves are best, but you can bring a mix.
  6. Remember change of seasons – bring a sweater or favorite coat, hats and scarves.
  7. Pay attention to your socks!  Dark is best.  White socks will cost $$ to have retouched darker.
  8. Choose free-flowing clothes for kids. Clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in will allow kids to be happy through the photo shoot.
  9. Keep jewelry to a minimum. Glare from large or flat jewelry can be a distraction.


  1. We can print any of your images in black & white at no extra charge.
  2. Get plenty of rest before your session. If you’re tired, it will show.
  3. Let us know if you would like to bring a cherished pet!


  1. HAIR: Best not to try any drastic dyes or cuts just before your shoot.
  2. LIPS: Shine on the lips is great. Even if you choose not to wear lipstick make sure you have some type of lip covering! If you use lip liner, use a similar color as your lipstick. Finish with a bit of shine in the center of your lips as a highlight.
  3. BROWS: Tweeze stray hairs on your brow the night before your session to avoid swelling and redness.
  4. LASHES: Curl lashes before applying mascara, then build your lashes’ length and thickness with waterproof mascara.
  5. NAILS: Remember to have fresh polish on both fingers and toes. Press-on nails work great!


  1. If your skin tends to be shiny, bring paper blotters to remove oil from your skin.
  2. Be sure to bring lip balm: dry lips do not look good in photos.
  3. Photos look more natural if you let a fresh haircut grow out a week or two before taking photos but be sure to shave prior to your portrait session.

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Avalon Photography Marie Commiskey