Thursday, May 6, 2010

What should I wear? - Comox/Courtenay Family Portraits

I often get asked by clients "What should we wear to our photo session?" ... and it's a VERY good question, because what you choose to wear can make a HUGE difference in the outcome of your portraits. So, I've decided to compile a little advice post with a fabulous sample at the end.

Let's start with the basics and go over some basic tips for choosing your clothing:

1. Try not to choose clothes with large words or logos on them. Patterns are fine, as you'll see later, but giant logos or images don't translate well. You may think that your son's Go Diego! Go! shirt is adorable, but it's best to leave it home for a photoshoot.

2. Match, but not TOO much. You want to choose colours that go well together, but not all the same colour. If you were headed out to dinner as a family you wouldn't all wear the same outfit (ie. white shirts and jeans), in fact you'd think it was very odd if you did! So, why should you think any differently for your portrait session?

3. Bright colours make your shoot playful and fun, where as more muted, earthy tones tend to give the portraits a more down to earth, laid back feel. That doesn't mean we can't do laid back shots in your bright blues, reds and yellows, just that the overall feel of the shoot will be more playful (this is great for kids).

4. Pattern is fun!! The key is just to use it strategically. You don't want everyone in a pattern, or it becomes too much. A good plan is to pick one or two patterned pieces (that go well together) and draw the rest of the colours from those patterns.

5. Accessorize!! Accessories can make a plain outfit really pop! If you are wearing a one-colour top and some jeans, you may think that's boring... so accessorize! Pick some great earrings, a fun scarf, a flower for your hair and some fabulous, over-the-top bracelets. The skies the limit when it comes to your accessories, and don't forget the shoes!

Now, to show you how to pull all of these ideas together, I created a little sample for you!

Comox/Courtenay Family Portrait Fashion Ideas

All of the above clothes are from Old Navy, which shows that you can get great outfits for affordable prices. You can easily do the same thing within your own closets or at any other store.

I started by choosing the fun sundress for the little girl and went from there. As you can see, all the other pieces use colours pulled from the sundress. Dad and son get cute matching shoes, and Mom and daughter really get to play up the shoes and accessories. Oh how I would just love to photograph a family looking adorable like this :)

So there you have it! The basics on how to dress for a shoot :) When you book your shoot, feel free to ask any other questions you may have. I can even come over for a pre-shoot consultation and help you guys pick outfits.

Happy Weekend, and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there :)
<3 Gillian

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