Fall is the preferred season for many to get their family portraits taken! Here are three tips to help you get the most out of your family photo session.
Consider Clothing Choice
Most photographers will send you a style guide or some kind of assistance in this area. Be sure to read their guide and ask questions or send them ideas. A good rule of thumb is “coordinate but not match,” and start with mom’s outfit.
You want family member to stand out as distinctive, but also to flow well together as a group. I always recommend using the color wheel as a guide (colors across from each other compliment and next to each other blend).
Avoid overly bright colors and logos on shirts and avoid bright shoes that will draw the eye. I always recommend having some neutrals thrown in (cream, white, tan) to help balance everything out. Flowing dresses, skirts, and shirts and added textures and layers always photograph better than form fitting.
What to do with Kids who aren’t Cooperating?
The best thing you can do is to trust your photographer, and smile through it! Your photographer will give you tips to get the kids moving and smiling. And, as long as you are smiling, and enjoying your children, the pictures will reflect that.
Some of the most genuine expressions are those when everyone is looking at and enjoying one another. Come to your session prepared to engage with your kids, and meet them where they are.
Determine Your Location
Remember, the background is not as important as the subject. Often a tall grassy field will photograph better than a local park. Be open to locations that your photographer recommends as they have probably taken pictures there before.
It is hard to predict when fall colors will be in, but most photographers can make a good prediction. Even without fall foliage, dress in autumnal colors, and you will look perfect for the season.
Make Plans Now
And finally-book early! Summertime may seem early to book your fall photos, but it fills up fast!
Katherine Comparetto lives in Midlothian with her husband and two children. Not only a professional photographer, she is also an expert on Richmond. Katherine grew up here, and earned both her Bachelor’ s and Master’s degrees from VCU.