Posts with tag: "family portrait"
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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The clothes you wear for your session can make a huge difference in how much you love your portraits.  Choosing something not so flattering can have you wishing for a redo really fast.  So what are the five biggest fashion mistakes, and what should you choose instead?

 

  • BIG PRINTS, patterns and horizontal stripes detract from your face and call attention to themselves.  

  TIP:  Choose solid colors instead.  These should be colors that look good on you and bring out your best features. 

You can also think in terms of the season. For example, you can choose earth tones in the Fall and pastels for spring provided these colors also compliment your own skin tone.  When posing with others, make sure your colors go together.  You don’t have to dress in exactly the same colors as that  can seem a little too boring, but your colors shouldn’t clash — so no orange and fuschia outfits in the same family portrait!  

  • SLEEVELESS TOPS add weight to your frame, so unless you have a great figure, they are best avoided.  Even with thin people, they can be unflattering as they can make the arms look bony.  

  TIP:  Instead choose long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, short sleeves or even cap sleeves.  

 

  • Likewise, SHORTS can add weight to your legs, and bare legs especially in a family portrait can look like, well, just too many legs!
  • FLIP FLOPS are not the best choice for shoes.  Remember that your feet may show in some of the portraits.

TIP:   Shoes that match your outfit are always a good choice.  And guys, bring matching socks!

  • TIGHT CLOTHES may restrict your movement and make posing uncomfortable.  

TIP:   Wear looser clothing that moves when you do for a more relaxed look.  This does not mean baggy pants or “plumbers” jeans though.  We still want you looking stylish!

To add to our big 5 fashion tips, here are a few tips on hair and make-up:

  • Make sure you bring your comb or brush to the session with you.  You never know when you might need to make a few minor adjustments.
  • Wait at least a week after getting a new style or perm, which needs time to “settle down.”
  • Your regular make-up, especially to cover blemishes, is recommended.  Mascara, blush and lip gloss will enhance your best features.
  • Nail polish should be fresh, and not chipped.
  • Guys should shave before the session.

And REMEMBER!  Rules are made to be broken.  If you have something you think looks really awesome, but goes against the grain, bring it anyway.  It just might make a fashion statement too good to pass up!

When you look good, you will feel good.  When you feel good, you will look GREAT in your portraits!  If you find you are having a hard time deciding, bring more than you plan on wearing for your session.  We will help you put together the most flattering outfits.

If you have any fashion advice for good portraits not mentioned here, please let us know in the Comments section below.  We’d love your feedback.

 
Saturday, November 23, 2013
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Katie's mom, Mary and I used to work together in the corporate world . . . which we have both since left behind with (almost) no regrets!  Mary teaches and gets to spend more time with her beautiful girls (including the four-legged Keeley), and I now get to pursue what I love to do most which is to take photographs of my awesome seniors and their families.  I was super excited when Mary called us to book Katie's senior session as well as the family portrait session which we include as part of the senior experience.
 
This is the family portrait we took before taking Katie's senior portraits.  I've known Mary since before Ashley (Katie's younger sister) was born!  That's a lot of years ago, but it seems like only yesterday Russell and I were surrounding Ashley with stuffed animals for a baby portrait that was used to promote the March of Dimes campaign.  Wish I could find it so I could post it here -- Ashley was such an adorable baby!



   
We also included a "buddy" shot of Katie and Ashley with Keeley, the second Wheaten Terrier we've photographed this year. Wheatens are my favorite breed -- probably because our very own Cody is a Wheaten.  Keeley was such a good girl posing between Katie and Ashley.  Most Wheatens would be lunging toward the camera, tail wagging of course.  These dogs, as rambunctious as they are, are so loveable.   


We asked Katie and Keeley to pose for this close up -- as close to "cheek-to-cheek" as possible.  Isn't Katie's complexion a perfect blend with the autumn gold and yellow background? 

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