I like to let my clients know that I am here for them if they need styling guidance for their photo shoot. It seems to really help clients who are indecisive, struggle with knowing what looks best on them, or what will look more visually appealing in photos. If this sounds like you, here are a few tips to get you prepared for your shoot.
BE YOU – The most important thing in a photo shoot is that you look and feel your best. We all tend to wear our feelings on our faces so if you feel good, you will look good too. You will want to stay in line with your personal style but I like to suggest taking it up a notch. You’re paying for your photo shoot so why not get a little more fancy than usual? Identify the textures and look and feel you are going for. Lace. Tulle. Silk. Pattern. Floral. Solid. Chic. Stylish. Boho. Classic.
Shoots with more than one person should be color coordinated but try not to be too matchy-matchy. It can be easy to lean into wearing the same outfit and style, especially with parents and kids, but I believe that happens because people have a hard time trying to find outfits for everyone. If you are having trouble with this you can do a little research online. Look at my gallery or Pinterest for ideas from other families. A good keyword is “family photography fashion” for some lovely ideas.
Color…Try to stay within 3 colors among the photo shoot participants. If you are going for a softer color palette you might choose tan, light blue and denim. Or maybe you appreciate darker, earthier tones like navy, forest green and deep yellow/gold. Use bright colors sparingly for intentional focus and impact. One example would be to have one person wear a patterned red dress and then have another family member wear something with hints of red in it to pull the outfits together. Consider how color evokes feelings:
Red/Orange – strong and bold
Black – classic, professional, moody, stoic
Yellow – light-hearted and fun
Blue/Green – for cooler tones in your images
Patterns – it’s okay to wear patterns and words on your clothing. This will draw attention so THINK MUTED colors unless attention is your intent.
Consider how you will use the images. If you are printing them for your home, think about what color will look good on the wall where you will hang the image.
Hair, Make-up, Nails – I work with a makeup artist and hair stylist that is available for clients who want to take the extra step to feel their best. She is affordable and I highly recommend her for bridal portrait sessions and boudoir. Your nails are in the pictures so match them with your wardrobe or choose a classic color like nude or clear to keep it clean and simple.
Iron your clothing and be sure they are lint and pet-hair free. Your images will look much better and it will save time for your photographer in edit.
Tissues and wipes – often times parents bring food to shoots to help encourage their little ones. Perfectly acceptable but be sure to bring wipes to clean off their mouth after they have eaten. You don’t want remnants in your photos. Tissues also help with runny noses.
Accessories – I’m all about hats, flower crowns, sunglasses and jewelry that you want to showcase. Bring it along and I’d be happy to incorporate them during your shoot. A special blanket or prop from home is also welcome.
Think about the location of your photo shoot as well. I love juxtaposition. Barefoot…in a ball gown…in the middle of a forest…is right up my alley. I’m often shooting in outdoor locations around sunset. The more dreamy and earthy, the better. But your personal style is important and it may be different for you. Stick with your style, have fun and keep in mind where your shoot is taking place. You won’t want to wear heels as you hike through the woods for your shoot. Come prepared and bring what you need.
Just an extra tip: Keep your phones and your wallets in your car so they don’t accidentally show up as pocket bulges.
If you have questions ASK. I want to work with you on styling your shoot and I’m more than happy to touch base by phone, text or email to prepare for your shoot. Styling is such an important piece to getting you the images you desire.