Posts Tagged ‘Couples’

You booked the session, decided on the location and now … What to wear? This is probably one of our most frequently asked questions and honestly, probably the hardest part of the session.  

 Typically, we suggest that outfits coordinate, without being matchy – matchy, and fit your family’s personality.   Pick outfits that are classic and timeless, without a lot of logos, graphics or writing.  It’s usually easiest to start with one persons outfit and then work out from there.

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Style: Everyone’s outfits should match in style. For example, try to stay away from having one person dressed in a cocktail dress and another person dressed more casually in jeans and t-shirt.  Going along with this, keep in mind the location of your session when you are picking outfits.  That fancy dress might not look right in a field with grasses and weeds, where a flowing summer dress might be perfect.  Outfits with lots of patterns and loud colors might overwhelm a park setting, but would be perfect for an urban setting with brick walls or graffiti.

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Patterns:  Patterns can be used in moderation, and please don’t feel like you need to stay away from them.  Patterns can add a lot to a portrait, if done well, and overwhelm a portrait if not.  If one person is in an outfit with lots of patterns, try to keep the other outfits simpler, with large stripes, solid colors and simple textures.  Try to limit the wording or characters on shirts or outfits, since they can distract and date your portraits. 

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Colors: Several factors can go into deciding colors of outfits.  First off, pick colors that look good on your family. Whites and light grays might wash out pale skin, yet look amazing on tanned summer skin.    Seasons also effect colors.  Black might not be the best choice for the  middle of summer.  Typically, browns, creams and oranges, look better in the fall, where as bright colors colors look better in the spring and summer months.  Don’t worry about just sticking to one color either.  Pairing colors together like blues and yellows, browns and greens, violet and grays, can really add dimension to the portrait.  The last thing to think about is your home and where you are going to display your portraits. Try to stay within colors that will complement your home as well.  If you are going to hang your family portrait above your mantel, in a room that’s decorated in browns and greens, a portrait where the main colors are purple and blue might not look the best.  

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Accessories: Here is where you can have a lot of fun! Accessories can be used to add a pop of color,  show off personality or just complete your look.  Scarves, layered necklaces, shoes, hats, sunglasses, headbands and flowers are just a few fun ways to add some pop and personality to your portraits.

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Other things to keep in mind as well:

Babies look great in simple outfits, naked or just in diapers because clothes can sometime overwhelm them when they are so little.  Don’t be afraid to bring accessories for them, like hats and headbands, or you can just keep it simple.  Either way works, and they are just adorable!

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Try to avoid getting a hair cut right before pictures, to avoid the “just cut” look.  Stylists don’t always style your hair the way the you would style it yourself and it takes about a week for your hair to grow out of the “just cut” and look natural.

Don’t forget the shoes! In our sessions, we’ll take a variety of portraits, some including full length, head to toe portraits.  The perfect dressy outfit can be ruined by sneakers, so please, remember shoes matter just as much as the rest of the outfit!

When in doubt, bring along several outfits, accessories, props, shoes, etc.  We can help you decide what will photograph the best for the style of portrait you are trying to achieve.  It only takes a little extra time to bring extras along and sometimes it’s easier to decide with a second opinion! :)

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And lastly…

Make sure the outfits represent you and your family.  Portraits turn out so much better if you wear clothes that you are comfortable in.  If you are a more casual and fun family, then jeans and button down shirts or sweaters might work perfectly for your family, instead of sport coats and ties.  

And as always, we are always willing to help figure what look will work best for your family and session!

Meet Nick Serio.  This sweet man celebrated his 99th birthday recently. 99th birthday, can you believe it? Born in 1914, this sweet man celebrated with a party thrown by his family and some family portraits as well!  He has such a young spirit, and he enjoyed joking around with his grand kids and even let the littlest one help blow out his candles and sneak a swipe of icing off his cake.  It was so clear to see how much he is loved by all his family.  Thank you all for going outside on a warmish day in February for these awesome family pictures!

And Nick, happy 99th birthday!

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With 2013 already off and running at full steam, and Amanda and I being behind in our blogging, we thought we’d catch up by showing off some of our favorite images from 2012.  We had so many amazing sessions and weddings last year, and we can’t wait for the ones we have coming this year!

Thank you to our wonderful clients and friends! Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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Words can not describe how excited I am to share this session from earlier this evening! Gina and James are amazing and to mix in a breathtaking sunset and a perfectly cool evening, the results were pure magic! You can not even imagine how hard it was for Amanda and I to choose the portraits for the sneak peek! Gina and James were awesome, they were up for anything and they were naturals in front of the camera.  These love birds made the session so much fun and it is apparent to everyone around them how in love they are.  Gina and I were friends in high school, so it was awesome to reconnect after all this time and I couldn’t be happier for her and James!

Gina and James, THANK YOU! You were truly a blast to photograph and we couldn’t wait to show off your pictures! (Seriously, this sneak peek was posted in record time I think! :) )  We have loads more amazing and simply stunning pictures, but for now, ENJOY!

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Weddings quite possibly are my favorite things to photograph. From the details to the emotion of the days, I just can’t get enough.  I’ve spent the summer photographing several weddings with Jenni, from My Studio 23, and I couldn’t be more excited to show them off.  Take Danielle and Nick.  They are just stunning and their wedding was beautiful! They were married in a church in Dublin, and before their ceremony they had a first look.  As much as I love weddings, I love when couples do a First look even more.  The first look give the couple a chance to see each other before the ceremony, fully appreciate the emotions of the moment, and allow for more time for portraits afterwards. The reception at Heritage Golf Club was lots of fun too! Their wedding day was just stunning and it was very relaxing as well! Danielle looked amazing and Nick was just as happy as can be.

Danielle and Nick, Congrats!

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