Families are some of the most closely knit people in the world and friends come and go in a person’s life but families will remain with them till the end.
Of all the memories we all hold on to, the ones we never learn to let go of are those of our family. They are the people who are there for you from Day 1, there by your side through your cuts and bruises, trials and triumphs. But there comes a day when we have to be independent, stand on our own two feet and move out of the nest, either for studies or for work or to build our own family.
Before leaving, why not make an awesome family portrait that will remind everyone that they are always in your heart.
When styling a photo session, I like
to start out with a basic color palette and go from there. It can help to have one rock star in the photos who carries a pattern in their outfit that the rest of the group’s clothing or accessories pulls from, while keeping everyone else’s outfits more simple. You can do this with a neutral and a few colorful brights, or try a softer palette that has different tonal ranges of the same shades..
1. Think outside the box. Scarves, hats, flowers in the hair for girls, jewelry, sweaters, vests, jackets, etc…all these things can colorful life to the subject… I believe that especially with sweet babies and toddlers that they don’t need much in the way of accessories & Little kiddos are beautiful in their simple purity, and I want them to be the star of the show instead of making one’s eye go straight to a giant headband as big as their head as they sit awkwardly in a big bucket. I want the viewer to notice my subject and their personality first. The accessories and clothing should just complement them & not be center stage. (I’ve listed some details about the
2. Pay attention to the details: scarves, hats, shoes, jewelry… these all play a part in making you “look” come together. However, keep in mind that sometime, less is more. Wearing that fun, funky hair clip for the session is awesome, but you don’t want to overpower yourself with accessories because the details can become distracting.
3. Choose your accent colors and fill in outfits with those punches of color in accessories. For instance, if big sister’s patterned dress has tones of aqua, coral and gray, have mom wear a coral headband and little brother in an aqua pair of Converse and bow tie. Show off the kids and your unique personality with accessories!
4. There are a few bonuses to using accessories well (as well as layers). One is that changing them up a bit throughout the session can give you multiple looks without having to do many wardrobe changes.
5. It can be tempting to stick with something neutral for your photos, like white shirts and blue jeans, but I would really encourage you: step outside the box! Don’t be afraid to add bright, vibrant colors to your wardrobe selection! Personally, I love it when the family chooses one color and everyone wears various shades of that color. Or stepping completely outside of the norm and wearing pink and orange to a park location (the family that did this pulled it off SO WELL!!!)
6. When choosing a dress code for your session, make sure everyone is on the same page. If someone is wearing a dressy outfit and another person is wearing a tee shirt, it really isn’t going to go together. When it comes to clothing options, there is no rule as to whether you should be dressy or casual. It’s all about the look you want and the location you choose for your session.
7. Probably the most important thing I can impart to you: wear what you know you look good in! This is especially important because the way you feel about yourself in a particular outfit will come through in the images. This is true for kids as well as adults! Moms: how many times have you had to fight tooth and nail to get your little one dressed in something they didn’t want to wear, only to have them sulk about it for a while afterwards?
8. Make sure to wear clothes that are fitted, but not too snug. When clothing is a little too tight, it can show off bulges that you would rather keep hidden!
Saurabh Dhall Photography (Melbourne) – 0410 745 799