Autumn is a fabulous time of year for family photo shoots – wonderful colours and backgrounds make the perfect setting for some lovely photographs.
Once a photo shoot has been booked, a question that I get asked time and time again is “What should we wear?”
Deciding what everyone should wear can be pretty stressful. Let’s face it, it’s normally tricky enough getting the whole family out of the house clean and presentable let alone in co-ordinating outfits!
I always think about the location and background when suggesting what a client should wear.
I went scouting for new locations last week in North Shields/Tynemouth area, and found this wonderful spot in a local park for my next few photo shoots. A great colour palette to choose for shoots at this time of year are earthy colours (brown, mustard, beige, yellow) as they look so good with the beautiful autumnal colours around…. or a nice white top and blue jeans with boots would also look great.
I have three separate photo shoots booked in for next week in this location – all will have a different feel to them (a young girl in a Disney character outfit, a young woman with two small dogs and finally, an elderly couple). Within a few hundred yards there are some beautiful spots to capture some unique and personal shots.
Here are just a few suggestions and pointers from me on “what to wear” …….
· Wear what’s comfortable for your body because being comfortable in what you’re wearing will have a huge positive impact on how happy you look in your photos. However, if the photo shoot is on grass or sand I wouldn’t recommend that you wear high heeled shoes!
· Wear something that reflects who you are because you want to be able to look back on your photos and recognize yourself.
· Bring along accessories to add variety to the shots e.g. a scarf, pashmina, sunglasses.
. Wear solid coloured clothing so that we see all everybodys face and no one person stands out (unless of course you specifically want one person to stand out). If you wear stripes or strong patterns, you will stand out from the rest of your group.
· Families or other groups might want to think about co-ordinated colours. Choosing clothes with same or similar colours unifies a picture and keeps the focus on the people in the picture rather than on all of the different patterns on shirts/blouses.
· As an example, a group could all wear a simple white top and jeans, although some people might regard this as clichéd, whilst I really like the look and would prefer to describe it as “classic”.
. Rather than trying to think of everyone at once, I find it helps to think of a patterned outfit that one family member could wear, then pick out colours from that pattern for everyone else. Then hey presto, everyone is in co-ordinated outfits without being too similar.
· Co-ordinated outfits are lovely and is best achieved by choosing a colour palette and everybody varying the shades. As in this photograph, I was really lucky the group had somebody who took charge of this and organised everybody! Blue was very cool for this family photo shoot and worked really well with the background.
So …. all that said, I really wouldn’t want to stress anybody out by saying “Don’t wear this – or don’t wear that!” … at the end of the day “It’s your photo shoot so wear whatever you want to wear and above all, wear something that you feel comfortable in!”