Thursday, August 25, 2011

How to get great family photos.......

Sorry I've been MIA for a little while. It seems I have a million things going at once. Hopefully I will get myself under control and be able to get organized to blog to you guys a little more.

This post is in response to a few of my friends who are looking to take a few family photos. It's always tricky to know what to wear and how matchy matchy you should get. Below are a few good tips.

1) Coordinate your family's style. Avoid the family uniform

It should go without saying to never dress your family alike; It's kind of boring and expected. Pick a few colors and stick with them. Always make sure that someone in the group is wearing a print or accessory with all of the colors to bring everything together.

2) Wear something that makes you feel good

This sounds obvious but it's really important and can really make or break a shoot. Everyone needs to feel happy and relaxed to generate real, authentic smiles. On-location photography can move quickly so opt for something that is easy to move in. Bring those 4 inch heels but wear something comfortable to get you between locations.

3) Embrace bold colors and patterns but keep it balanced

Some photographers steer people away from bold colors and patterns. That's such a shame because beautiful colors and patterns are everywhere. The key to pulling this off is to make sure to use bold color sparingly, treat it like an accessory. Patterns should be balanced with a simple choice for other family members.

4) Accessories and layers are key to looking like you had multiple wardrobe changes

One of the easiest ways to give your photo session a diverse look without forcing your family to perform multiple wardrobe changes in a parking lot is to bring several types of layers and accessories. Think sweaters, coats, hats, and scarves. Accessories can be pulled on and off easily which creates lots of different looks, not to mention they act as fun props.

5) A special tip for a mom who wants to look thin: wear the same color from head to toe

You can trick the camera but creating a long line from head to toe if you stay in the same color. Choose a mid-tone color such as a blue or brown. Always avoid wearing lighter colors on the bottom as the eye is attracted to the lightest part of a photograph, therefore accentuating your hips.

Also, here are the obvious Photo shoot No-no's:

• avoid clothing with words or logos

• don't get haircuts the day before, they always need a few days to look best

• avoid anything too trendy otherwise you'll hate the images in a few months

• don't force several wardrobe changes on kids, stick to no more than 2 great looks and you'll keep your little one happy

The bottom line is to have fun with your family's photo shoot. Take a little time to prepare for the shoot day. Have a few backup articles of clothing in case of disaster and consult with your photographer beforehand. You'll be sure to love the images knowing that your family was comfortable and looking their best.

These tips are from a fantastic blog "Say YES to Hoboken" and Sarah from Modern Kids Photography.

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