Tips for Family Portraits
TIPS FOR YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT
Consider the following before your shoot your Family Portrait:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Consider your location. If you’re shooting in an area with lots of visually distracting elements, solid colors will help you stand out.
- Long sleeves are best, but you can bring a mix.
- Remember change of seasons – bring a sweater or favorite coat, hats and scarves.
- Pay attention to your socks! Dark is best. White socks will cost $$ to have retouched darker.
- 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.
- Keep jewelry to a minimum. Glare from large or flat jewelry can be a distraction.
- We can print any of your images in black & white at no extra charge.
- Get plenty of rest before your session. If you’re tired, it will show.
- Let us know if you would like to bring a cherished pet!
HAIR & MAKEUP
- HAIR: Best not to try any drastic dyes or cuts just before your shoot.
- 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.
- BROWS: Tweeze stray hairs on your brow the night before your session to avoid swelling and redness.
- LASHES: Curl lashes before applying mascara, then build your lashes’ length and thickness with waterproof mascara.
- NAILS: Remember to have fresh polish on both fingers and toes. Press-on nails work great!
- If your skin tends to be shiny, bring paper blotters to remove oil from your skin.
- Be sure to bring lip balm: dry lips do not look good in photos.
- 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.