When preparing for your fall outdoor family session you may find yourself lost in a sudden sea of questions: What types of clothes should we wear? What colors? Should we get fresh haircuts before our session? Should I wear any jewelry?
Jordan Photography recently shot a variety of family portrait sessions at two unique outdoor locations. Today, we will share with you some of the images from those sessions as well as some of our portrait tips to help you coordinate for your next portrait session.
Clothes – One of the best pieces of advice we can offer is, “Keep it simple.” When preparing for your session always remember to coordinate your colors and styles for everyone who will be in the session. Consistency between casual and formal styles will provide you with a more uniform look – ultimately bringing all of the individuals photographed together. Of course, you should still wear clothes that are comfortable and reflect your personality. We don’t want you feeling out of your element!
Keep in mind that earth tone colors photograph best when getting your portraits taken outdoors. Generally speaking, you want to keep the tonal range of clothing in the same group. Select solid colors in tones such as blues, khakis, greens, black, denim and navy. Avoid patterns, stripes and bright colors. These can clutter and act as a distraction in your portrait. If you wish to look a bit thinner you may want to consider wearing darker colors as they this wonderful effect of slimming in portraits.
When selecting your outfits, also be sure to wear properly fitting clothing – especially jackets and shirt collars. Short sleeve shirts photograph ok, but we do recommend long sleeves. It is more flattering and will not draw attention away from your face. As an overall rule of thumb, wearing traditional clothing styles will better stand the test of time.
Hair – Once you have your outfits picked out you will likely begin to consider your hair. Yes, there are a few guidelines that you should follow. We recommend you wear your hair in your typical style. If you wish to get a haircut, please schedule it about a week before your portrait session. Men, a fresh shave is important – as well as a trimmed beard or mustache.
Jewelry – Jewelry is an easy topic to discuss. We will refer back to our keep it simple mentality and recommend that you keep it to a minimum. Choose appropriate, complimentary jewelry for each outfit you select.
Skin – Now that we have covered the most common questions we do want to cover something that many people overlook when preparing for their session – their skin. We will retouch any minor blemishes and scars, but we do ask that you avoid sunburns and tan lines. Women should keep their makeup simple and natural, but avoid makeup with sparkles.
Nails – Last, but certainly not least, be sure your fingernails and toenails are polished and not chipped. Even on the little ones. There have been many occasions where we wanted to photograph little ones without shoes on, but their toenails had chipped nail polish on them. We were instantly limited on our possibilities. So either remove the polish or freshen it up with a complimentary color before your session.
There! Some easy tips for making your next portrait session even more amazing! We want to be sure that you have all the tools necessary to create the family portrait you have in mind – a portrait that friends and family will admire and enjoy for years to come!