Session Prep....Don't Sweat it!!

For most people, the idea of doing a photography session is overwhelming.  I often hear the statements "I don't know what to wear.", "I'm nervous because I always look awkward in pictures.", "Ah!  Can you cover up my blemishes?", "I hate my smile."  All of these statements come from a fear that they or their family will not look their best in their pictures.  The good news....these are all things you shouldn't be stressing over!!! 

 

What to Wear....

Dress like you!  When you are capturing memories of your family and the love and happiness you share together you will all be most comfortable wearing clothes that are like you.  When you are comfortable, that is when that happiness will show and you will relax and have fun together.  If you are normally a laid back, casual family, keep your dress casual.  If you all enjoy dressing up, then by all means, dress it up.  Remember if you have small children they will most likely be moving around... A LOT!  And that is okay!  It shows who they are and that is what we want to capture.  If you think your little angel might be lifting her dress up in all of her pictures then a dress might not be her best choice, or choose a dress with leggings so she can show her free spirit without flashing every friend and family member that checks out those cherished family pictures.  If your little buddy doesn't normally wear his shirt tucked in and will be pulling at it and fidgeting and complaining about it, pick a shirt that doesn't need tucked.  If there is a choice between the comfortable happy kid or the uncomfortable whinny kid for your family photos, I'd pick the comfortable happy kid.

 

Colors and Patterns and Prints OH MY!...

Traditionally I suggest staying away from very loud patterns and prints.  Solids look great and texture is always wonderful.  Patterns and prints can be worn but keep them fairly simple and traditional.  Over the years you want to look back at your family pictures and see beautiful faces and classic style that doesn't distract from those beautiful faces.  Loud patterns and prints that might be in today, and out tomorrow, can be very distracting and pull attention away from the people in the photo.  Remember we are photographing YOU, not your clothes.  For family photos choose a color palate of 2-3 colors that you like together and pop them in with different family members so you coordinate.   For example if your color choice is blue, white and yellow.  Dad maybe wearing jeans with a blue shirt.  Mom is in a white shirt with either blue or yellow accents like a scarf or jewelry.  Daughter is in a yellow sundress dress with a blue head band, and son with jeans and a yellow or blue shirt with a white undershirt.   Matching does not mean that everyone needs to be wearing the same color top or the same color bottoms.  In fact, sometimes it looks better if everyone is a bit different with pops of the same colors.

 

Say Goodbye to Blemishes!...

So, its the week for your photo session.  You have all of your outfits picked out and you are feeling good about how cute your family will look in your pictures.  Then, you look in the mirror...what's happening??? A break out?!? Don't sweat it!  Most blemishes can be easily removed in post editing.  Just let your photographer know if there is anything specifically that you are concerned about covering up.  Creatively Five Photography includes minor blemish cover up and teeth whitening in the session price. 

 

Relax, breathe, have fun!....

Now that you are all looking fantastic and stylin' together, let's get everyone nice and relaxed.   Your pictures should capture you, your love for each other.  That is hard to capture when everyone is stiff and doesn't really want to be in front of the camera.  So, take a deep breathe, play with the kids, play with your significant other and have fun.  Let the kids be kids.  Enjoy your time together.  View your session as a break from all of the chaos that is going on in your life.  A chance for you to take in the joys and special little things about each of your family members that you love.  Your photographer is there to capture those true moments.  You may be directed somewhat but don't be afraid to be yourselves and have fun.  That's when the true emotion and love shines through. 

 

Getting Dad on board...

In most cases, women tend to be much more comfortable in front of the camera than men.  So it is pretty common that I hear the worries about getting the hubby or fiancé on board or at the very least looking happy for pictures.  We have fun at CFP and usually have no problem getting the guys to loosen up to let out those genuine smiles and laughs.  Most guys jump at the idea of having a good time if it involves having a couple drinks but a photo session is a different story.  If the guy in your life is really not liking the idea of pictures there is nothing wrong with offering up a drink or two before the session just to relax a little bit and ease some of his anxiety of being in front of the camera.  The simple act of you offering him a drink might be enough to lift his spirits and it lets him know that you are thinking about his comfort level too.

 

 

Sit back, relax and let Creatively Five Photography take care of the rest! 

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