Humor me and tell me that you have scheduled a Photo shoot, and the day of, you feel like a WITCH!! WHY IS THAT???
I can give you an idea why...... US WOMAN WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS PERFECT!! And if ONE thing is done wrong and or ruined in the process of getting ready, we SNAP!!! We don't mean too, we just want to make sure OUR PHOTOS and experience turns out PERFECT!!!
Thank heavens there is no such thing as a perfect photo shoot. Come to find out, your feelings/attitude that you worked up during the "getting ready time" ALWAYS transfers over to your Photo Shoot.
I have put together for you some tips on what to wear, as well as some DO's and DON'T's.
In putting it together, I actually grabbed my children and asked if they would humor me and be my models for a visual idea of what I am trying to explain. Let me tell you this..... MY CHILDREN DO NOT LIKE TO MODEL FOR ME. There was some complaining. The only benefit I had was that it was nice outside and winter has kept us inside for what seems like DECADES and they bolted outside with their wardrobe that I suggested they put on.
But before I go into explaining my thought process in this, read through the tips that I have provided for you and then I will show you in visual form (with pictures of my modeling crew) with what I mean.
Ok, So now that you have a guideline and ideas in how to coordinate your outfits for your photo shoots, let me show you some pictures of certain scenarios that I am talking about.
These are my kids; they range from 13 all the way down to 3. So, you can imagine how good the listening and following directions skills are!! They ALMOST have it down packed.....ALMOST!!
I asked them to be apart of a business format that I was putting together. Let me just tell you, my children do NOT like to model for me. I have to make it exciting and even bribe them!! Today was a good day, and I didn't get a whole lot of complaining....SOME, but not a whole lot!
So these pictures are what it would look like if a family choose to match the same color. THIS IS A BIG NO NO!!!! The eyes are drawn to the color instead of the faces/eyes in the image. The idea, is for the audience to focus in on the eyes of the subject and in this case its REALLY hard not to take your eyes away from all of that RED.
There not only wearing Red, but I put my boys in graphic t-shirts to show how distracting that can be as well.
We want solid colors in the clothing. NOT MATCHING COLORS!!!!
Here are some images to give you an idea when you go down the format of choosing color choices.
The base color I choose for my kids was navy blue/blue jeans. Ironically they are wearing black shoes, except my youngest son, but it still worked out.
For the highlight color I choose a printed shirt for my youngest son, Luke, and then took colors out of his shirt for the rest of my kids to wear.
My oldest daughter, Kayla, wore Gray, my second oldest, Keira, wore a different color of gray, and Logan wore black with a Red shirt underneath.
I talk about how you can find different color shades of that particular color and how it will work out as well.BUT Let me just be straight forward with you.... it doesn't work with Black, White or Gray. I'm sure you could find a faded shirt of any of these colors and considered it a "different shade ". BUT IT WON'T WORK.... it doesn't look good.
You can see in these images how Keira's gray shirt, Kaylas gray sweater and Logans black sweater are good contrasts with Lukes printed shirt, but Remember when I said to take a picture of your outfit choices on your phone? Well, after taking a couple of images of my kids I personally thought that there was too much gray and could have had a little more pop from the image itself, so I had my daughter Keira put her red shirt back on, and it was a world of difference. Remember we want the audiences eye to be drawn to the eye's in the image.
Even us photographers make mistakes. I thought of this whole idea last minute and didn't really think of coordinating all the outfits together. So from my view, what I grabbed, looked good to me. These images and color choices aren't bad, but I think you may agree with me when you see the difference when I have Keira put her Red shirt on.
Oh my goodness!!! What a world of difference!! RIGHT?? I LOVE how I grabbed the solid colors from Luke's printed shirt. The images in itself just pulls the eyes towards my kids faces.
I think this is why I need to be a portrait and family photographer before I jump into wedding photography. I need to learn how to work QUICKLY with kids, let alone with adults who despise getting their pictures taken. I'm learning to be more engaging, exciting, not repetitious because then EVERYONE loses focus and want the photo shoot to be over.
I had a good 30 seconds of focus from my kids, and after that ( because we couldn't move to many locations because of my son with special needs) it was a SLIGHT struggle. I had to bribe, I felt like a cheerleader with high volume trying to get their attention, my Son Logan would push backwards which would make the bench go back and freak out the rest of his siblings. KEEP IN MIND, the ground is soggy, muddy, from the snow melting. THEN there is LUKE, who does NOT like to sit by his brother Logan, because Luke knows he will be attacked by Logans LONG ARMS. My girls are soo strong, helpful, patient, and engaging with them, that the experience in itself almost made us pee our pants from so much laughter. This is our life, this is us being real. There is NEVER a dull moment around our house. But, I am grateful that my kids could help me and support me in putting this together for you!
THIS IS WHAT GETS ME EXCITED!!! THIS IS WHAT FIRES ME UP!! Natural Candid shots in Natural Light.
I hope this helps, or at least gives you somewhat of a guide to go off of. I only want to help people feel and look their best when they're investing in a photo shoot with me.
May the rest of your photo shoots be less stressful and more enjoyable!!
Here are a few extra pictures for you to enjoy and to see how the photo shoot really went. LOL