So generally I photograph children in stylized type sessions, but fall and spring time are prime for family photos! I know we all have the rush for family photos for our Christmas cards, we find the photographer, get the date set and then BOOM, we realize we have to find outfits for the whole family!! Now, I know some of us mommies LOVE to shop and have no problem with that part! But what about finding things that coordinate for everyone? Mom, Dad, teens, kids, babies, and finding things that everyone won't complain about wearing....I've got a few tips for you. My suggestion is to dress just a little fancier than you would normally. I like a little whimsy, something bigger than your everyday, but I still want my clients to feel comfortable during our session. I normally suggest two or three colors, making sure the tones are similar and blend in neutrals between all the family members. A great place to start is to pick the person in your family that just gets you all laughing, the person that loves attention and maybe put that person in a pattern, or if your youngest loves dresses, put her in a fancy dress and then coordinate from there. I've begun heavily stylizing all of my sessions. I let clients text or message me while shopping and help pick out what colors photograph best. Now, what to avoid! Busy patterns are distracting and take away from the moments captured in the photos. Florescent colors are a big no no, they leave funky color casts on skin and tend to go too bright when photographed. All white, believe it or not it is HARD to get white to look perfectly white! Who wants some funky looking white? No one. Avoid all wearing the same thing, sorry to say it folks but the matching t-shirt and jeans trend is OUT! Here are a few snippets from recent sessions for some inspiration! Always keep it classy, try to look for timeless pieces so you can leave the images hung in your home for years to come. As always feel free to leave a comment or a question below!
Chico, California Petite Child Model Workshop October 22nd
So I love teaching, I actually wanted to be a teacher when I was a child, but when I got out of high school I already had a decent paying job so I opted out of continuing my education. I have since picked up teaching in the photography world. Specifically, teaching photographers how to work with children, we all know how unpredictable kids can be! New environment, new people, new clothes, maybe no nap.... I see the struggle, I have been there, and I want to help! This is my second round of my "Petite Workshop" I call it that because it's all about kids and it is also just one afternoon (petite!). We pack in all about posing, interacting, using different types of light, how to get your imaged in focus, all those important details. This workshop was hosted at Chico State. The leaves had just started changing, the air was a little cooler, and the architecture just screams to be photographed! We started around 3pm and shot until the sun was just beginning to set. The moms and I styled the session, I wanted a little more of an urban vibe to the clothing, and luckily most of the kids had pieces in their closet already! If you're interested in having your child be cast for a workshop or want to commission me for a session for your child please just head to the contact page on my site and send me an email. I cover location, styling, and I love working with children! Portraits are really where I see my work shine. Check out a little sneak peek below of some of the images I captured while teaching. I would love for you to leave a comment about what you think, or what you would like to see covered at the next workshop!