WHAT TO WEAR
There are no rules when it comes to what to wear for a photoshoot, however I do have some tips to make your photos beautiful and timeless. A photo shoot should be relaxed and enjoyable. Wearing clothes that make you feel comfortable will help you look relaxed in the photos.
What to think about when choosing your outfit.
Contrast is your friend. Make sure you set yourself apart from your background by wearing colours you know won’t blend in. For example, if you are having photos taken in a garden setting, you would avoid wearing greens/browns. The background should always be taken into consideration when choosing outfits for a portrait. Another thing to consider is your skin tone. If you are about to put on your favourite red dress, have a look in a mirror (in natural light if possible) and look for any colour reflections underneath your chin. Does the colour of your dress change the way your skin looks? Does it give you a ruddy complexion? Grey has a tendency to make you look washed out, yet on some people it can work with their skin. Every skin type has colours that compliment it, so it pays to think about colour & contrast to bring out the best in your features and skin tone. If you've booked in for an engagement session it's really lovely if you can dress up! Nice ironed shirt and a flowy dress works beautifully.
What should I avoid wearing?
The one thing you really should avoid wearing is any clothing with large logos or motifs/characters. These graphics, particularly logos can really weaken the focal point (your beautiful face!). The eye is drawn to what stands out, and in this case logos. For example, I think it is wonderful that my son loves paw patrol but I would not dress him in his paw patrol branded hoodie for a professional portrait. Another thing to avoid is stripes. These distract from the main focal point of your beautiful self. You want your portraits to stand the test of time. I definitely have many photos of him in his favourite clothes, but would select something more timeless and less distracting for a professional session. Also with children choose outfits that fit well and they are comfortable in.
What colours to choose?!
For group and family photos it’s better to wear outfits that don’t match, but go together. Choosing a similar colour palette looks tidy. Keeping a group in similar colours focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait. Mismatched colours in groups tend to be more distracting. Most photographers prefer not to photograph reds, oranges and bright pinks. Any neon or overly saturated colours don’t work well for photoshoots. Bright colours attract attention away from the face and may be reflective. Red is the hardest to get right in photos. It can end up looking too pink or too orange. Dark clothing is slimming. Darker clothing helps to blend the bodies with the background, so that the faces are the most important part of the photograph. When choosing lighter colours, stick to pastels, but avoid pink tones. If it's summer, a nice flowy dress can look stunning in photo shoots.
I know it seems like a daunting task when a camera is pointing at you, but the best photos are the ones where you're relaxed and enjoying yourself and your family.
Be comfortable with who you are and embrace it. Make sure you wear what makes you feel like a special version of you - not someone else. Being comfortable is SO important.
Don't sweat the small stuff
Sometimes everything doesn't go exactly as planned (sometimes it's better) embrace it and allow time for things to happen naturally - these are the moments you will treasure. Kids can be especially hard to photograph. I have two of my own and I've seen tantrums and kids not wanting to co-operate. We work with what we have and I have a few things up my sleeve that hopefully can get them looking at the camera. It's really important to remember that it is my job to get them looking at the camera, otherwise I get shots of them looking and you as parents pointing at the camera and it just doesn't work! It's important to note that if you are bringing your young children to a family session to make sure they are well fed, warm, and are not waking up in the car as they arrive for the session. You may need to put them down for a sleep earlier in the day. We want to give them the opportunity to enjoy the session and get lots of smiles. Children being hungry, cold and tired can really affect the outcome of your photo session.
The best light occurs just after the sun has come up or the hour before the sun sets. Midday light is super harsh and really affects how you look on the day. I recommend choosing a time that creates the best light. If you have your heart set on a session in the middle of the day, we will find a really nice shady spot for it.
Share it all with me
I can only capture your real personalities if you allow me into your world. Remember how you interact when you’re at home and don’t hide it. Whether you're goofy and laugh a lot, or you're introverts let me into your loud and vulnerable moments. I will, of course, guide you through your shoot, but I need you to meet me in the middle and let yourselves shine. Just be you! I want to capture all of those beautiful little between moments so let them unfold. To achieve candid photos you need to be in the moment and be candid. It's a two way street - laugh, smile, twirl, kiss do things in the moment. If you have children, let's spend some time together and get those beautiful family connections and moments.
I have a bunch of cool spots for photo sessions. Whether it be the beach, bush, or somewhere with a view. If you have a location in mind I'd love to be there. If you're happy to trust my spots, then let's talk!