How to prepare for a family photo shoot

Designer Studio - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This time of year we run into a common question from families large or small. 

"What do we need to do, to get ready for our photos?" 

To answer this question, you must decide on a few things.

A) Do I want my pictures indoors or outdoors

B) How many people are going to be in the picture?

C) Are we going to have the family pet in the picture? 

D) Do we want to match, or should we all just wear nice clothes? 

In my opinion, the last question is really the most important one. I feel that the family photos with matching khakis and white shirts, or blue jeans with matching colored sweaters can be very nice. Some families go a totally different route, and just wear nice clothes for pictures. For me, this is the way to go. In my home, I just want a nice portrait.

I have found when photographing families, the most important thing for people to remember is, just look nice for pictures. Whether you're matching, or just dressing up, look nice. 

When choosing the matching style, remember there are such things as "GOOD Matching" and "BAD Matching. Below are samples of both. 




Things to avoid before pictures: 

A) Going out the night before

B) Getting a haircut too close to your picture date

C) Wearing something super trendy

D) Wearing patterns, that will obviously not be in style in 10 years

E) Eating before pictures (nothing worse than being self-conscious of that soup stain on your shirt)

F) Tanning too much before pictures. 

Feel free to leave a comment, and let us know how you prepare, or what your favorite clothing combo is.