Preparing for Your Family Portraits
North Smithfield, RI
You’ve done it! You have finally decided to have a family portrait taken. A real life, professional photo taken by a real life professional photographer. So what next? What do you need to do to prepare? Let’s go over preparing for your family portraits.
Choose the right photographer
You would think this would be the easy part! There are a few different styles of family portraits to choose from. It’s important that you go with what fits your style best!
Lifestyle – Lifestyle photography is very natural, no posing, nothing forced. It is a true documentation of the interactions within your family. I love lifestyle photography for families with young babies, or rowdy toddlers. It gives you a chance to take the pressure off.
Classic – Classic portraiture is absolutely timeless. Classic portraits often remind me of paintings. These sessions are often in a studio. Classic portrait photographers are very attentive to posing and perfect lighting. If you want a formal photo for your mantel, this is the way to go!
Modern – Modern portraiture is a combination of both classic and lifestyle. While some time is spent getting your family into a basic pose, it is much less rigid than classic portraiture. This photographer strives to find a balance between a great traditional portrait, while keeping things natural. So if your kids need to run, they run!
Location, Location, Location!
Location is important, but not the be all end all. I always ask my clients if there is a spot that is special to them. If you don’t have one, how about your home? Ask your photographer for their favorite places. I bet we know a ton you haven’t even thought of!
What to wear
When preparing for your family portraits, the number one question I get is, “what do we wear?” My biggest tips are:
- Don’t wear matching outfits! Instead, choose colors that compliment each other. I warn my clients to look their Sunday best, not like they have joined a cult.
- Patterns go a long way. Not that patterns are bad, but stick to smaller ones that won’t overwhelm the photo. They point of focus should be on your faces, not your clothing.
- Just say no to neon and other very bright colors. Neutrals and soft colors really do look best. If you aren’t sure if something is too bright, try this: Put the outfit on and go into the sun. If a friend can see a cast of the color on your neck/skin, it’s probably a bit too bold.
- Don’t forget about your shoes and accessories! Nothing puts a damper on your Sunday best than ratty old sneakers!