9 Tips on What To Wear For Your Family Photos

One of the number one questions I get when booking family sessions is ‘what do we wear?’. What your wearing will most likely end up hanging on your walls in framed prints and will drastically make a difference in the effect of the photo – but no biggie, okay?

It’s actually pretty simple, there’s no need to stress about it. Here are some tips to help you out.

1 – Avoid big logos or graphics

If you really want to show off your love of Harry Potter then, by all means, go ahead, but to get some timeless photos where the main focus is your family and it’s a connection, avoid big obvious logos. Branded items can often age badly over time and just take away from the whimsical style of photos.

2 – Try to co-ordinate colours

AKA, try and look for a rough colour palette of colours that complement each other. Earthy tones and neutral tones will always work well, soft blues or pinks can work nicely. If you are a bright coloured family, then feel free to rock that too – but think about the location we will be shooting in, and whether or not it will work.

3 – Avoid all wearing the same

Earthy tones are your best friend. Different tones of grey, blues, white will look nice together, but all turning up in fully white / black / anything will tend to look very staged and unflattering.

4 – Dress up

aim for smart casual. Feel free to wear dresses, shirts or anything that may usually be a little too formal for every day. Use this time to have fun dressing up. However, I would keep in mind that you want to be able to let loose and have fun on our session, even if that means getting a little dirty.

family with a newborn in farnham

5 – Accessories!

These can be really fun to bring along and can often work their way into the photos in other ways too. Think big floppy hats, statement jewellery, brooches, ties.

6 – Where will they live?

Think about where you want to hang these photos – is your house neutral toned? Do you follow a specific colour scheme?

7 – Work with different textures

Textures are your friend – try and mix it up a little rather than going for large prints. Maybe a bit of cord or denim, cotton or chiffon…

8 – Don’t be afraid to show up as you are

At the end of the day, these photos are of you and your wonderfully imperfect family. You bring with you your own uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to show that off. Come as you are.

9 – Be comfortable!

But please, PLEASE make sure you are comfortable in your clothes. You want to be able to move and feel confident too.

Woohoo! Hopefully, this post will help you decide what you’d like to wear in your next family photos. Please feel free to ask my advice if you are unsure!

Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon,

Jas x

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5 Benefits of Photo Sessions at Home

I often get asked whether or not I think photo sessions are ‘better’ at home or outside somewhere pretty. Ultimately, it comes down to what you want to get out of your photos. Another blog post will be up soon around photos taken on location, but for now…

Here are some of the benefits of having photos taken in your own home:

1 Calmer Environment

I have found that sometimes if you get kids dressed up and taken them out they can get really excited and hyped up. While this may not be a bad thing, if you’re after more natural and cosy photos, being at home can often help make things more calm and relaxed.

2 More Memories of Home

When you look back at photos from the past taken in your own home, you can also remember where you were in your life at that point as well as your family. The decor in your home, little nicknacks, how the nursery looked, what you were enjoying at that time – it all becomes part of the memories captured in the photos. It also makes it easier to use various props like a favourite toy, dressing up outfit or piece of artwork.

mum and baby on the sofa looking over documentary family photography farnham

3 No Outsiders

Sometimes it can all get a little bit self conscious when you’re out in a local park and people are walking by and having a bit of a look at what you’re up to. While this doesn’t need to make a difference, at home you get to control who is around to see what’s going on. You can be as silly and goofy as you like and not have to worry in the slightest.

family documentary photography at home in farnham brothers tired

4 Authentic Family Life

I love photographing in a documentary style, and being at home let’s everything unfold naturally. Going down for a nap, painting, lunchtime, playing in the garden are all parts of your life that you can have photographed that wouldn’t be possible on location.

5 It (Can Be) Less Stressful

Having a photographer come to your home can be a lot less stressful than getting everyone ready, packing a bag, herded into the car and then at a certain location on time.

So there we have it. What do you think? Have you ever had a photo session at home and how did it make you feel? The ‘5 Benefits of Photos on Location’ will be out soon.

If you are interested in booking your own family photo session, please do drop me an email here and we can start planning your photos! You can also follow me on instagram.

Have a great day,

Jas

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