Deciding what to wear for your family portraits can be challenging. Gone are the days where we tell you that you have to match. Choosing a color scheme that matches your personality as a group is a much more personal way to create a memory. Neutrals are always a solid choice. Patterns should be kept to a minimum and children’s clothes should be without characters or words. Textures, jewelry, and accessories do add a certain element to the image and are useful as props when needed. Also, remember to consider the background and location for color and pattern. Don’t go overboard. Think classic and simple that will help give your portraits a timeless feel.
Choosing your location can be just as daunting as deciding on what to wear. I do suggest nature over the studio, but we can do a studio if we need. We will discuss and pick a few locations depending on the time of year of your sitting. Spring and fall are always easiest to work with because the light is often nice and even and the temperatures are more predictable. Summer and winter are both great times too, but we will need to really look at the time of day that we choose for your sitting. In the summer, the sun is very hard and often very hot midday; we will want to stick to early morning or evening, which often does mean off times for children’s schedules. With a winter sitting, we will want to make sure that we schedule around the daylight too, only in the winter the timeline is backwards. We want to do midday in the winter because we have so much less daylight to work with. Regardless of the time of year we choose for your sitting, I will certainly take into account the time, weather, and many other factors in directing you to the best choice for you.