I'm so excited to photograph you! Now for you to make the most out of your images, let's chat about what you should wear!
Choosing what to wear can be the most stressful part of family or couple photographs, to make things easy here is a great guide to follow.
The real basics of it, is to make sure you all look complimentary together, your outfits and location will suit the decor in your home, your images will be timeless and no ones outfit is going to really overpower everyone else's. If after having a look over this guide, you are still unsure, pop me through photographs of your options and I will help you decide the best choices for your location!
A great way to personalise your outfits or add colour is to add accessories or texture to your outfits, this doesn't have to be everyones outfits but it could be a couple of people which will create more depth in your photographs.
Scarves, jackets and cardigans are great additions especially when it's a bit cold as they complete a look as well as keep you nice and snug creating a more intimate feel to your photographs.
Checkered or even a different colour shirts over a plain T-shirt, textured denim or a denim jacket, lace detail or floral patterns are another way to create a more interesting out as well. Complementary jewellery is another way to personalise your outfits to really bring the photographs together.
The other thing that you can do to make your photographs more interesting is to choose outfits that have movement. A flowing skirt or dress in a windswept beach will create movement in your images which creates interest and drama compared to a tight fitted dress in the same environment. A dress cinched at the waist that flows out will also help create a much more complimentary figure than a dress that is a tunic or a boxy shape.
Be prepared. Professional hair and makeup can make a huge different in photographs, if your eyebrows need doing, do them. If your legs need shaving, do it. If your regrowth needs doing and you really don't like your hair, make sure you organise this ahead of time. These things will show up in your images and these images are going to last a lifetime, doing these few small things will help to ensure you love your images.
Always, always bring a change of clothes and a towel to beach photoshoots. You will likely get wet.
When choosing your outfits there are some things that won't help us create timeless photographs and we should try to avoid if we can. Things such as T-shirts with large prints or writing on the front aren't ideal. An example of this would be a pink unicorn or kitten print on the front of a T-shirt or a brand name or logo across the front of the shirt such as the words LWR or Cheapskates etc.
Try going for neutral colours rather than a neon or super bright colours as they will draw the eye rather than creating an evenly coloured photograph where the focus is on the people. An example of this would be everyone being in black and whites and then one person being in vibrant red. The focus of these images would always be the one person in red. Another example would be wearing hot pink and neon green colours to an environment like a white sand beach.
Avoid dressing everyone in the exact same outfit and colour combo like when everyone had to wear denim or black pants and the same style white T-shirt. Having character and variety in your outfits looks far better than dressing everyone exactly the same.
For Family & Couple Adventure Photoshoots, whether these are in your own home, at your favourite beach or on the farm it is really important to take into consideration your outfits and how they will look in certain environments.
If you want really earthy Autumn looking photographs, a lush green field of grass is going to throw a whole different look of green into your photographs that you may not want compared to a stand of trees with Autumn coloured leaves or a clay/sandstone cliff face would.
If you like light and airy photographs with pastel colours then beaches with white sand and beach grass are perfect. If you like more moody earthy tones than sand dunes and sandstone cliffs or pine forests are going to compliment those colour palettes best, especially at sunset. If you like mustards and neutrals then some where with pine trees, beach grass, Autumn leaves or fields of yellowed off grass are perfect especially at sunset.
Certain trees are going to give a different look, light leafed trees like popular trees and willows will give a beautiful green backdrop and look especially nice when they line either side of a drive way. Native trees like Totara or dense tree walk ways will with small paths will create a much darker image and backdrop. Green grass that has gone to seed or has yellowed off will also have a totally different and much softer look than mown or super green grass will.
Your location and your outfit going together are just as important as what you wear so make sure you chat to me about how you'd like your photographs to look.
Another consideration to make is, if this is your family photoshoot. Children will often get bored if and will also pick up on your stress if you are consistently asking them to smile or behave. Locations like the beach can allow you to just play with your children, have fun with them, throw them in the air or build sandcastles with them. Have a family water fight. All of these things will create much happier images with much more natural expressions as well as a far more enjoyable experience for you and your family.
TIME OF DAY
Nearly all of my outdoor photoshoots are taken either first thing in the morning or at sunset. This is because at midday when the light is directly above, we get really dark shadows on our faces that aren't so complimentary. My favourite time of day to shoot at the beach is in the last hour before the sunsets, at sunset and the half an hour after the sunsets. This creates a beautiful soft light. If you plan to have your photoshoot in an environment that has little to no shade, I would recommend before 10am or at sunset. If you choose a location such as a drive way with popular trees on both sides creating an archway, then this can be photographed during the day as the trees will create shade for us. During summer, the sunset is quite late, we are often shooting at 8-9pm at night, if you have small children and you want images at sunset it's a good idea to plan your photoshoot in Autumn, Spring or Winter when the sunset is much earlier in the day so that it doesn't interrupt your childrens bedtime routines.
Bring the whole family. Whether it's a couple shoot or a family shoot, your furbabies are a part of the family so feel free to bring them along too!
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR IMAGES?
Matching your location and outfits to your home. When you start planning what to wear or what type of location to have your photographs taken at, take into consideration your home and how you want to display your images. Do you want to put big frames on the wall or have a beautiful album sitting on the coffee table?
If you want a beautiful set of frames to put above your couch or in your entry way, think about what colour the decor in your home is, are you in your forever home? Just like when we talk about wearing hot pink tight fitting dresses at the beach, you also may not want to have certain colours on the walls of your home as they might look a little out of place.
To make it easy for you to create a complimentary colour palette, I've popped some examples below to help you choose what combos to work with.
Earthy neutral tones like beiges and browns will create a deeper colour palette while still keeping with that timeless feel.
Pairing light neutrals like grey with eggshell blue and a mustard or light yellow create a bit of colour throughout a neutral colour palette.
These creamy neutral tones are perfect for indoor or outdoor photographs, think blush and white and cream with darker accessories
blues & cream
Beiges and cream with peach and blues is a gorgeous easy to achieve look with jeans, skirts and flowing dresses.
pastels and pinks
Creamy pinks and blushes matched with light neutral tones create gorgeous light and airy photographs.
Pastels, pinks and creamy neutral tones are perfect for light backdrops such as the white walls in a home or at the beach
denim and cream
Perfect easy colours to match with denim and light neutral tones for any time of year.
Wine and mustards paired with neutrals and denims are so great when you want to create cosy Autumn and Winter photos outdoors.
Still stuck on ideas? Check out these previous shoots and see what kinds of locations you like, what types of outfits you like and what colours you like the most.
GOLDEN HOUR - RAGLAN
BLUE HOUR - RAGLAN
SUNSET - GLINKS GULLY
SUNSET - MURIWAI