My goodness it has been a long time since I have blogged. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than with the release of family mini sessions!!!! This is so exciting and these are my absolute favorite sessions (other than newborn, of course) to photograph. The light is just amazing and you can get some really wonderful shots! So...here is a sneak peek into my own family's session. Just a note-this is a little more than what to expect from a mini session, but is more to give you a general idea of what to expect. Be sure to scroll down for my What To Wear tips!!!
So, how important exactly are clothing options/wardrobe? Simply put, they are as important as the quality of the photo itself. Those that know what a stickler I am for quality photos know that this means it is a HUGE deal!!!! I feel that too often clothing gets overlooked and the end result is a mishmash of ideas, styles, and just a boring photo! Or one that ends up with a big mistake staring you in the face every time you look at the photos. Clothing can completely change the look and feel of any photo session. I challenge you: look up family photo sessions. Do some research. I am willing to bet that the majority of the photos that catch your eye are those that are either sharply dressed, or that just have a super amazing location. Either way, clothing can make or break the feel of your session!!! Below are my own What To Wear tips and tricks.
Why in the world would that matter??? Well, why NOT? Let's face it....photo sessions are for Mom. Occasionally, I will run across a Dad that is as excited, involved and opinionated about the photography session as Mom, but those are few and far between. And no one is going to be as critical of their appearance as Mom. So....make sure she looks good! Besides, it is so much harder choosing clothes for a woman that a man:)
Why no more or less, you ask? Any more than two main colors is going to make it appear mis-mashed, a little disorganized and not as well thought out and planned. Any less, it is going to come across as boring and unintentional.
Neutrals: It is very important to start with a good base. Neutrals can help to ground bright colors, can act as a buffer in case you just CAN'T find something that matches for that ONE person, and they are classics. Neutral examples:
White, cream, tan, khaki, grey, black, brown, navy (YES, navy is a neutral)
COLORS-This is where you need to have fun! Be creative. Find two colors that compliment and are fun. But also keep in mind the colors you choose. Make sure the colors compliment your families skin tones. And most importantly, keep in mind the season of your session!!
Fall Sessions: Jewel tones, burgundy, dark purple, jade green, mustard yellow, pumpkin orange, etc.
Spring Sessions: Pastels, light pink, light yellow, mint green, lavender, etc.
Our session colors were cream (neutral), mustard yellow, and blue.
Now that you have chosen your colors, it is time to have fun!!!! Mix patterns, textures, hues, etc. I think the most mistaken opinion about colors is that it is not ok to mix and match different hues of the same color......WRONG!!! But be careful. For example, you would not want to mix pastel yellow and mustard yellow. Those are two completely different colors that just DO NOT GO!!! You can however, mix a bright blue and a dark blue. Do not match everyone and do NOT everyone wear solids!!! It is always fine to have that one person wear a solid color, but ONLY ONE!!! It is also ok for one person to wear florals, one stripes, one plaids, etc. It gives a visual interest while the colors ground and coordinate them together.
Here is a link to one of the most amazing-dressed families ever! This family hit the nail on the head with their color and clothing selections! Take notes!!!
The MOST IMPORTANT PART, and most overlooked!!! Throw on jackets, vests, jewelry, coats, boots, belts, hats, etc. This makes your outfits so much more fun and interesting and pleasing to look at. But be careful, you can overdo the accessories. Stick with 2-3 per person.
Shoes matter....PERIOD!!! I am quoting Annie Manning from Paint The Moon Photography on her opinion on footwear, because it is spot on!
"Please don't wear sneakers.....unless we're talking about some funky Converse that go with the feel of the session. The choice of shoes can make or break an outfit. Slipping on a pair of hip, distressed boots or colorful ballet flats can tie everything in together and complete the feel of the session. Think about coordinating those bright and colorful shoes with other clothing and accessories in the photo-not necessarily on the subject themselves, but rather, match little sister's bright turquoise shoes to the sweater or scarf her Mama is wearing. It ties everything together without looking too match-y, match-y. And sometimes NO shoes looks best, especially if you will be sitting or in poses where the bottom of shoes can be seen-that never looks pretty. And don't forget some funky socks to add another splash of color or personality if your overall look of the session is fun and bright."