Spring is upon us in Northeast OH, which means we can venture out of our houses again and enjoy the little sunshine we will have for the year! What’s a better way to celebrate than an updated family photo?? But then comes the challenge of choosing outfits…for EVERYONE! Well fret no more because we are here to make it simple and fun.
Here are our tips and tricks to getting those eye-catching, gorgeous family photos that you see all over social media!
1| START WITH A COLOR PALETTE AND STICK WITH IT
Our first priority is to make sure your beautiful images make it to your walls! So keep in mind the color palettes of your home when picking outfits. Make life simple by choosing colors you love and look good in before ever stepping foot in the store! Have the color palette printed out or on your phone so that it is handy and easy to reference while shopping. Pastels or neutrals with a pop of color are great for spring time. And bold bright colors scream summertime!
2| MATCHING IS NOT COORDINATING
We can’t stress this enough. Matching is not coordinating, and it’s not flattering in photos! Matching is choosing the same color…for.every.single.person. And to this we say NO!! Do you want your family to be remembered as one big (insert color of shirt you chose), color blob with multiple heads and a strange mix of the same colored denim legs? Yeah we don’t either. Instead, pick coordinating outfits using the color palette you already chose. Mixing shapes and textures is key to any kind of design. You can do this for your family photos by mixing in dresses and skirts with shorts and cropped jeans – and mixing soft flowy textures with more tailored/structured shapes.
3| PATTERNS ARE PRETTY! ~IN MODERATION~
Patterns will add a whole new look to your family photos, but only if they are used correctly. Choosing the right pattern can make or break the whole look. Large, bold patterns have to be used sparingly or they will completely take over the focus of the photos. Very small patterns, although they seem like a good idea don’t always show up right in photos and can become distracting. Try something like this when choosing patterns. We promise you will not be disappointed with the final look!
4 | TEXTURE IS TRICKY!
We LOVE textures…but sometimes they can be a huge eye sore in photos! The right textures can add depth and character to your photos. HERE is a good example of incorporating textures into your outfit choices. A knit sweater with a unique pattern, a light ruffly dress, a flowy scarf and belts are just a few ways to add great textures to your final look.
Things to avoid – glitter/shimmer eekkkk! Not only will this mess with lighting, but it will also become a huge distraction!
5| ACCESSORIZING IS ESSENTIAL
You are probably thinking, “Are you kidding me?? I already have to pick out 5 different outfits, get my kids bathed, dressed and on time for our session. And NOW you want me to accessorize?” Well yes we do! But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Accessories go a long way in pulling a look together. And not every single person needs accessories either. We love the look of cute hats, a simple scarf, suspenders for the little boys or even just some stellar kicks! HERE is an idea to get you started.
6| FACES COME FIRST
Before any amazing pattern, color or accessory, comes beautiful, unique and very special faces. Your faces! When considering any of the other tips, always remember that we want to capture your family, and their unique smiles, eyes, freckles and expressions. We want to capture your family interacting and playing together – so be sure to wear clothes that will allow for snuggles and throwing babies in the airYour family is magic all on it’s own. Your clothing choices are just icing on the cake! So above all, don’t stress – we’re here to help you bring it all together and set the stage for the magic to happen.
Most importunely have FUN choosing cute comfortable clothing for your session! At the end of the day we want you to have a great experience with us from start to finish.
Check out our Pinterest board HERE for even more ideas!
We are currently booking child & family sessions for MAY – AUGUST! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing information and to secure your spot in our schedule!
xoxo – Melissa