Preparing for your portraits

There’s never been a better time to capture your families’ true spirit of life. Times change so quickly, children grow up, memories fade, but I can keep those memories alive.
Up to date fun family portraits in colour or black and white. Your portraits are meant to be enjoyed for generations to come. Fad-type clothing should be avoided, unless you are planning to have new portraits made annually.

 Clothing Suggestions

The selection of proper clothing for your portrait is a critical factor in the preparation for a successful portrait. If the clothing is noticeable in a portrait, it could easily become a distraction. Clothing that does not attract attention to itself is the ultimate goal. It could be the difference between a very successful portrait and just another picture. We can not stress enough how important it is for you to observe the following criteria. It is quite possible that if inappropriate clothing is selected, the photographer may ask you to change your selection before the portrait sitting is made.

Group (Family) Shoots

Keep your clothing simple and coordinating. It must be carefully selected to blend the bodies together.  Avoid loud or busy patterns and large logos.  Solid colors are best.  First, decide whether the basic tone of the clothing will be warm-toned (browns, etc.) or cool-toned (blues/grays/blacks, etc.) Then, make sure to follow all of the above instructions. Keeping a group in similar colors focuses the attention of the portrait to the faces and individuals that make up the portrait. Dissimilar colors in groups tend to be more distracting.  White tops with khakis or jeans can look very nice and casual, but if anyone in your family is super pale, white can make pale skin look paler.  Jeans are the timeless choice and they’re great for fun, casual pictures because they are flattering and don’t show wrinkles or panty lines.  Lighter shirts on top give the pictures a more casual and bright look.  Pastels are also usually appealing because they enhance natural skin tones.  Black or other dark shirts on top give the portraits a more serious and thoughtful feel (not to mention that black is slimming).  Everyone should have color-coordinated outfits (Not a uniform necessarily, but there should be a theme).  For the children, choose outfits that fit well without a lot of “growing room”. Jeans / khaki’s and white or black tops are always very nice for a family portrait.

Newborns and Babies

95% of the time, photographs of newborns and babies look best in their natural element i.e…their birthday suits!  If you want them to be photographed with clothes, solid colors usually work best. Of course if you have that amazing outfit that you would love a photograph of, include it!  Bare Feet are a must!  Feel free to bring any kind of prop that you want included.

For newborn shoots (under 1 month old; ideally less than 2 weeks old) it is best to set aside a total of 2 hours so that we have plenty of time for feeding, changing, and so that we have the best chance of capturing your baby asleep and awake. I prefer parents to dress in solid black from head to toe so that I can get the creative shots you are looking for!

Toddlers and Kids

I am a very casual person and I prefer to photograph children that way as well.  Typically, my style of photography does not work well for traditional clothing or traditional portraits.  Try to leave the “Sunday Best” at home.  So . . . some suggestions – Solid colors work best.  Bright and fun and funky bring out a whimsical side while Khaki’s, blue jeans, and white shirts are for more serious captures.  A pretty dress is always beautiful for little girls.  Don’t forget hats, sunglasses, boots, blankets, jackets, etc. can be great to show personality and bring out their silly side.  Feel free to bring any other prop or comfort item that you want to include.


Teens have their OWN sense of style – Let them express it however they wish!

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