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How to rock your family photo session

May 15, 2020

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After finding a photographer that’s right for you, and deciding on a great location, preparing well for your session is the most important thing you can do to create images you will love. I’ve prepared this guide to help you think through all the little details.

Your Wardrobe

Decide on your wardrobe well before the day of your shoot. Getting this out of the way early will reduce any last-minute stress. Trust me! Frazzled is NOT a great look for your portraits! When you’ve decided what you’ll be wearing, you’ll be able to relax and look forward to your session.

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You are the Star
Let’s make sure YOU are the focus of your portraits! Dress in a style that reflects who you are and make it your best you! Bright colors and reflective material distract from (and often reflect onto) your beautiful face. They don’t photograph or print well either. Lean toward soft and muted colors, earth tones or neutrals instead. Unless they tell a story about you, avoid logos, text and busy patterns that will compete for attention in your photos.

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Coordinate vs. Match
For couples and families, matching outfits are out of style, but a coordinated look is on trend! Select a few colors you love that go well together or select one color and have each person wear different shades and patterns of it. Solids make a great base, and adding a pattern or two can bring them together really well.

Inspiration
Pinterest is a great source for outfit ideas. Check out some of my boards to get you started. Create your own board to gather ideas for your session.

If you have questions about your selections, your photographer will be happy to assist. Give me a call or email me some photos of your ideas. Share your Pinterest board with me to let me know what you’re thinking!

Coordinated outfits for a fall family photo session
Coordinate your outfits vs. Matching

A Great Fit
Wear clothing that fits you well. You don’t want it too tight or too baggy. If it’s uncomfortable in any way, don’t wear it for your session. Choose items that allow you to move comfortably whether sitting or standing. Ladies, those wonderful smoothing undergarments are amazing to help every article of clothing lay just right. I want you looking and feeling confident, not worrying about clothing malfunctions. Pinterest can help you find style ideas, seasonal trends and tips on how to dress for your body shape.

Head to Toe
Always dress with the full length in mind. Include shoes and socks in your wardrobe considerations. Family members may want to bring comfortable slip-on walking shoes to keep your nice shoes looking their best while walking from spot to spot at your

Head to toe looks for your photo session.
Consider footwear when selecting your outfits

All The Details

Hair & Makeup
Consider pampering yourself by having your hair and make-up professionally done. If you’re more comfortable doing it yourself that’s fine! What’s most important is that you feel confident & beautiful and love how you look.

Accessories
Bring your outfit together with a scarf, simple jewelry or even a fun hat. Add sunglasses, a jacket or cardigan. These are great ways to both change up your outfit during your session and showcase your personality and style!

Pre-Check!
Avoid last minute stress by trying on your outfits a week before your session date to make sure everything fits great, is clean, and that all accessories and details are ready for game-time!

Check your outfits in good light (preferably daylight) in a full length mirror to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises later. Doing this so early gives you time to change your plan, wash clothing or go shopping if needed. Last, but far from least… please don’t assume I can fix clothing problems in photoshop.

Shoot Day!
Your session date is finally here! You don’t have to stress – you’ve prepared well! Now allow yourselves plenty of extra time to style yourself, get the kids ready and travel. I recommend planning to arrive for your session a little early. If it takes you longer than you think to get ready or you get held up in traffic we can still get started on time. If you do arrive early, you can take advantage of a few extra moments of relaxation before we begin.

If you’re thinking about booking a family photo session, let’s talk! Give me a call today at the number below or schedule a time for me to call you. I’d be happy to answer all your questions!

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hey there, I'm Lisa!

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Let me help you tell your story and create beautiful wall art, books and albums that you'll treasure always!

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