What to Wear?…Here are some tips:
For children’s portraits;
- Layers and different fabric textures (laces/ruffles/shabby style fabrics) can add some flair.
- Try accessorising with scarves, hats, vests, jackets, flowers in hair, colourful gumboots.
- Unless it’s what you really want – avoid really matching outfits, try co-ordinating colours, instead.
- If your children don’t want to get dressed up for their portrait, try making a compromise and bring two wardrobes – one that they want to wear and one that will make you happy.
- Feel free to bring along any favourite dress up’s, even a special teddy or blankie that your child never lets go of (These can be a treasured memory in years to come!)
- If your child plays an instrument, bring it along!
I have a range of gorgeous hairbands and clips to add that little something extra for the wee ladies if desired.
For your family images;
- Casual to dressy clothing, in block colours are most suitable. Prints, patterns and logo’s can be distracting in portraits.
- For women, three quarter length or long sleeves are very flattering for the arms. Apply your make-up as you usually would for daytime (if you do) eg Be yourself 🙂
- If your family is laid back and relaxed, then chances are that you all may be most comfortable in jeans. You can always dress this look up a little by adding slightly more formal shirts.
- Is your family a little more formal? Don’t be shy about dressing up e.g. wearing your favourite dress. – We can always arrange a wardrobe change or two.
- It’s easier to find “centre stage” outfits for women and girls, so try pulling similar colours from those outfits for the men and boys.
- If in doubt it’s a great idea to wear something that you feel awesome in! You will feel much more relaxed and confident during your portrait session.
What to Bring?
Some suggestions are:
- Bring some sensible shoes for walking- if you want to use different shoes for the photos e.g. sparkly sandals, ballet flats, high heels – bring them along, they can be put on when we are ready to start photographing.
- Sunblock – or put this on before leaving home, try to avoid it getting in hair as it can clump the hair together
- Water bottles
- Antihistamines, if any of you or your family have allergies- especially for bee stings etc, and insect repellent if wanted
- Inhalers, if needed.
I keep a basic first aid kit on hand and just as importantly: wet wipes and tissues!