Tips for Great Family or Individual Portraits

Clothing

Classics: Classic clothing, like khaki and denim, is timeless. What to Avoid: Avoid patterns (plaids, stripes, prints), white, red, and "trendy" styles that will make your portrait look dated in a few years. Tweed, camel hair, knits and even denim add interest without giving a "busy" or "cluttered" feeling. Coordinate: Coordinate a complete look, head to toe, with each member of the group. Coordinating solid color tops with jeans or khakis works well. The eye is drawn to bright areas in the photograph, so no one should wear white unless everyone is wearing white. Complement: Complement each other as much as possible, and keep things simple. No twins necessary, just looking great together with style and color. Dark shoes usually look better in a group than some in sneakers and some in hikers. But everyone in sneakers is terrific. Comfort: Comfortable, flattering clothes emphasize wonderful faces! And don't ignore feet - shoes show. Barefoot is always in style, especially for kids! Longer skirts & slacks are better than shorts and short skirts.

Color Choices

Here are some color schemes we have found that look great on any family: White or pastel colors are perfect for both light and dark backgrounds. Casual outfits in earth tones work best for outdoor photographs. Middle tones or deeper solid colors are ideal for formal portraits. Choose long sleeved shirts or sweaters rather than short sleeved. Grays accented with deep reds or burgundy. Very elegant. Mixed jewel tones--royal blue, emerald green, maroon, etc. Deep rich colors are gorgeous. Don't mix with light colors. Pastels--pink, peach, light blue, mint. Light and airy. Don't mix them with darker colors. Earth tones--brown tones accented with muted green or country blue also look great. All white--for a really modern and striking look. Everyone wears white from top to bottom. When photographed against a solid white background it brings all the attention to the faces.

Special Items of Interest

Bring Props: Bring something that will help reflect this special time in your life. Perhaps sports equipment, musical instruments, pets, cars, trucks, motorcycles, hobbies, etc. Please let us know before your appointment. No Cheese: People show expression through their EYES, the window to the soul. "Cheesing" for the camera wrinkles faces and forces eyes closed. Glasses: To properly light every member of the family, glare from eyeglasses is usually unavoidable. Those who wear glasses should either bring an old pair of frames with the glass removed or have their current lenses removed for the portrait. See if you can borrow a set of matching frames from your Optician for the portrait. They are often familiar with this request.

Choosing the Perfect Location

Back Roads: Drive the "back roads" to find an interesting place and ask the owner if you could be photographed there for your senior portraits. People are flattered that you’d like to use their yard! Look for Character: A deserted house, dilapidated front porch, untended yards with trees and unmowed grass, fences, non-working farms with weathered barns and wood sheds, rusting junk cars and trucks, alleys, abandoned buildings, interesting architecture, areas with shade and shelter from the elements, locations that match your clothing.

Final Thoughts

Let your individual personalities shine through. Keep it fun! Remember, children quickly pick up on stress. While family portraits are very special, don't forget to take this opportunity to have a portrait taken of you and your spouse together. Have the photographer take individual poses of each child, as well as all siblings together. Have a special portrait taken with mom and the children for Dad's desk at work, and vice-versa. We always welcome your suggestions. If you have a special pose you want to try, we would be more than happy to have fun setting it up with you!
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Tips for Great Family or Individual Portraits

Clothing

Classics: Classic clothing, like khaki and denim, is timeless. What to Avoid: Avoid patterns (plaids, stripes, prints), white, red, and "trendy" styles that will make your portrait look dated in a few years. Tweed, camel hair, knits and even denim add interest without giving a "busy" or "cluttered" feeling. Coordinate: Coordinate a complete look, head to toe, with each member of the group. Coordinating solid color tops with jeans or khakis works well. The eye is drawn to bright areas in the photograph, so no one should wear white unless everyone is wearing white. Complement: Complement each other as much as possible, and keep things simple. No twins necessary, just looking great together with style and color. Dark shoes usually look better in a group than some in sneakers and some in hikers. But everyone in sneakers is terrific. Comfort: Comfortable, flattering clothes emphasize wonderful faces! And don't ignore feet - shoes show. Barefoot is always in style, especially for kids! Longer skirts & slacks are better than shorts and short skirts.

Color Choices

Here are some color schemes we have found that look great on any family: White or pastel colors are perfect for both light and dark backgrounds. Casual outfits in earth tones work best for outdoor photographs. Middle tones or deeper solid colors are ideal for formal portraits. Choose long sleeved shirts or sweaters rather than short sleeved. Grays accented with deep reds or burgundy. Very elegant. Mixed jewel tones--royal blue, emerald green, maroon, etc. Deep rich colors are gorgeous. Don't mix with light colors. Pastels--pink, peach, light blue, mint. Light and airy. Don't mix them with darker colors. Earth tones--brown tones accented with muted green or country blue also look great. All white--for a really modern and striking look. Everyone wears white from top to bottom. When photographed against a solid white background it brings all the attention to the faces.

Special Items of Interest

Bring Props: Bring something that will help reflect this special time in your life. Perhaps sports equipment, musical instruments, pets, cars, trucks, motorcycles, hobbies, etc. Please let us know before your appointment. No Cheese: People show expression through their EYES, the window to the soul. "Cheesing" for the camera wrinkles faces and forces eyes closed. Glasses: To properly light every member of the family, glare from eyeglasses is usually unavoidable. Those who wear glasses should either bring an old pair of frames with the glass removed or have their current lenses removed for the portrait. See if you can borrow a set of matching frames from your Optician for the portrait. They are often familiar with this request.

Choosing the Perfect Location

Back Roads: Drive the "back roads" to find an interesting place and ask the owner if you could be photographed there for your senior portraits. People are flattered that you’d like to use their yard! Look for Character: A deserted house, dilapidated front porch, untended yards with trees and unmowed grass, fences, non- working farms with weathered barns and wood sheds, rusting junk cars and trucks, alleys, abandoned buildings, interesting architecture, areas with shade and shelter from the elements, locations that match your clothing.

Final Thoughts

Let your individual personalities shine through. Keep it fun! Remember, children quickly pick up on stress. While family portraits are very special, don't forget to take this opportunity to have a portrait taken of you and your spouse together. Have the photographer take individual poses of each child, as well as all siblings together. Have a special portrait taken with mom and the children for Dad's desk at work, and vice-versa. We always welcome your suggestions. If you have a special pose you want to try, we would be more than happy to have fun setting it up with you!
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