What should we wear?
Here are our favorite tips on “what to wear” (and “what not to wear”) for family sessions:
- Don’t try too hard to “match.” Instead of matching try to coordinate. Choose colors & tones that complement each other. This will help your photos to look more modern and timeless, and less dated!
- Feel free to dress up, but be comfortable. We want to capture your family as you are. Be sure you can move & play in what you’re wearing.
- Think about your location. What would you normally wear to the park? What colors would look good against the backdrop of the fall trees or spring flowers?
- Don’t be afraid of color & pattern. A pop or two of color and design can add interest to the photographs. Neutrals are always great too!
- Layer! Adding layers adds texture, and gives you lots of options for different looks without a wardrobe change. Cardigans & jackets are great.
- Accessorize! For her: jewelry, scarf, belt, hat; For him: tie, cufflinks, watch, hat.
- Opt for clothing that is classic rather than super trendy – you want your photos to stand the test of time. You don’t want to look back and say “what was I thinking?”
- Things to avoid: graphic tees, large logos, “matchy-matchy” outfits (think all white shirts & matching blue jeans), baseball caps, short dresses or skirts, anything that is uncomfortable or doesn’t fit.
For some ideas of what to wear, check out our “what to wear” inspiration board on pinterest!
My kids hate to have their photo taken – how do you handle that?
With lots of grace, patience, and laughter! We love working with kids of all ages, and acknowledge that all of us (kids & adults alike!) have good days & bad days. To be honest, some of those tears & frowns make for wonderful pictures – you may be surprised!
But we do have a few tips to help your session go as smoothly as possible:
- Talk up your photo session. Kids look to you to set the tone. If you’re excited, they will be too!
- Choose a time when your little ones are at their happiest. If mornings are bad, schedule an afternoon session. If they melt down later in the day, bright & early it is!
- Have the kids fed and well rested (to the best of your ability) on the day of the photo shoot.
- Allow time to play & relax. Sometimes it takes little ones a while to warm up to the camera. If you can, try to arrive a few minutes early, and not be in a rush to get somewhere else.
- Bring snacks, water, and a favorite toy or two. Keep these hidden and only pull them out as a reward or last resort.
- Bring an extra set of clothes, just in case.
- Over all – don’t worry! Enjoy the moment. Have fun! Your positive attitude will be contagious.
Do I “get” the digital images from my session?
Yes. Starting in 2014, all of our family sessions (apart from our “Petite Portrait Sessions”) will include digital files. We hope this will free you up to purchase an album or piece of wall art! For more on why we believe this is so important, read this blog post on why photographic art matters.
But since I’ll have the digital files, can’t I just make my own prints, photobooks, and artwork?
The short answer is yes. But the long answer is that we don’t recommend it. Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons.
Firstly, most people just don’t. Best case scenario, you make a back-up of the images on your computer and/or external hard drive, share the images on facebook, and put some images on a USB drive in a drawer somewhere. The worst case scenario – the files get lost or the dog eats your flash drive (I’m not kidding…this has happened to one of our clients!).
Secondly, consumer-level photo products are not the same quality as professional lab products. We have researched, vetted, and found the best products to offer our clients. We did this, so you don’t have to!
Lastly, there is some technical know-how involved. DPI, image size, color profiles. These are all things that we have studied and work hard to perfect with each of our photo printers. When you send a digital file for printing somewhere online, sometimes that file gets compressed and then your product might come out with compromised quality. We want your images to look as beautiful as possible, and make sure that any products are perfect before they are delivered.
The idea of making your own photo art, in theory, is a good one. However, for most people with busy lives, that is one task that constantly gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, and eventually disappears. Let us do the hard part so that you can enjoy your memories!
For more frequently asked questions (and answers!) check the blog.