Family Photo Session Tips-McKinney Texas Photographer

It's that time of the year again. 
Fall photo sessions. 
If your family is like mine, this can be quite the harrowing experience. 
What with dealing with a pre-teen, a teen and a husband, it can make a mom want to pull her hair out!
I want to point out that the most important thing to do on 
your photo session day is to be relaxed. Easier said than done, huh?
I give all my clients a welcome packet when they book with me. 
In this packet, I include some tips for them when having any type of session-from newborn, to cake smash to family.
I have included the tips from my family session document here for your reading pleasure :)

Special Moments.Captured.

What to Wear for Beautiful Portraits
·         Keep it simple. Solid colors are best in portraits. Avoid large, bold patterns and bright colors that draw attention away from your face.
·         Cover up arms. Long sleeves draw attention away from your arms and helps bring the focus to your face.
·         Don't forget the bottom half. Our photographer may suggest a full-length pose. Make sure you coordinate portrait clothing from head to toe.
·         Accentuate the positive in portraits. Darker clothing slims. Light tones tend to emphasize body size.
·         Frame your face. Scoops or v-necks flatter shorter necks and full faces. Turtlenecks or high-necked garments flatter longer necks and slender faces.
·         Keep clothing consistent. Dress everyone in the same style. Don't mix casual and formal clothing in portraits.
·         Add texture. Scarves, hats, chunky jewelry can be a good way to add texture to your wardrobe style.
Coordinate Colors
·         Wear dark on dark. Dark clothing looks best against darker backgrounds and creates a more formal mood in portraits.
·         Don't mix light and dark colors in portraits. Save stronger colors and patterns for accent items like scarves and neckties.
·         For outdoor shoots-choose bright colors to give life to your images. If you are going for a vintage look, choose creams, light grays and warm browns.
Formal and Informal portrait ideas: 
Formal portraits are typically shot closer up.
Men’s formal wear could include a suit, sport coat, sweater or dress shirt and tie. For women, a dress, skirt and sweater or blouse.
Informal portraits allow for more variety and creativity. Maybe it's a t-shirt of your favorite band, your favorite worn out jeans or your shoe collection.
Hair, Makeup and grooming
Plan to wear your hair in a style that you are comfortable with or is natural to your everyday life.
Makeup should be natural and fresh.
Guys-should be clean shaven or have neatly trimmed facial hair.
Avoid getting your hair cut less than a week before your session.

Small Children-Cake Smash Sessions
·         Keep it simple. Solid colors are best in portraits. Avoid large, bold patterns and bright colors that draw attention away from your face.
·         Bring baby well rested, fed and clean. A hungry and tired baby is a sad baby. We are more than happy to accommodate your portrait session to work around your child’s schedule.
·         Bring several outfits. Most parents bring something neutral and sweet, then change it up with more colorful outfits. Bring baby’s favorite small toy or stuffed animal so you can be to my side. This helps to have baby look my way and into the camera.
·         If you are doing a cake smash, that will come last. We try to capture the session with clean clothes at the beginning and leave the messy part until last.
·         Bring a blanket you don’t mind getting messy for the cake smash. Or some parents bring an inexpensive, solid-colored, vinyl tablecloth.
·         You may bring solid colored balloons but be mindful of windy days. The pictures may not turn out great if balloons are flying everywhere!
·         Bring wet washcloths in a ziplock bag for after cake smash clean up or wipes.

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Now it's your turn. What tips would you have to give new parents when taking family photos?

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