You’ve booked your photo-shoot, selected a beautiful location – now its time to turn stylist
Your family’s wardrobe choices can make or break your image quality. If I can stress one thing to my families, pre-shoot, its to take the time to plan their outfits.
You don’t have to match yourselves like a set of 5 year old triplets at a birthday party. But co-ordinate. Choose one or two elements that work for you all and incorporate those. Maybe neutrals with a pop of green, or a navy and cream colour theme. Or even a faint stripe running through everyone’s shirts, regardless of whether they’re the same width and colour. You may want to use two very bold contrasting colours to make a statement.
Something that connects you all, as a unit, visually will make your family photos even more special.
Some top tips to get you started
- Layers, scarves and chunky jewellery can work really nicely: they add an element of depth to your look
- Stripes, polka dots and faint checks can all add an interesting element to your images – just don’t overdo it
- Avoid slogans, logos, or large branded text on your clothes. When you look at your photos in years to come, you don’t want your partner’s sports jersey visually dominating the scene.
- Tidy hair and nails are more important than you think. I’ve seen close-up shots ruined by chewed fingernails, so use this as an excuse for a lovely pampering manicure!
- Kids and accessories can make photoshoot magic. Sunglasses, umbrellas, hats – they love the fun dressing up feel of the shoot
- Greys, blues and cream tend to look good on most people
- If shooting outdoors, think about the seasonal colours of your location and what will contrast nicely, for example, with autumnal colours, or pastel flowers.
- Know that you’ll probably get a little messy – especially your children.
- Wear what makes you feel good. If you’re not comfortable, it will show in your photos, but if you feel like a million dollars, you’ll ooze natural confidence and happiness.