Camera Ready Guide
Some helpful tips on preparing for your Family Portrait Session
What to Wear
Stick to a simple palette of 3 to 4 complementary colors
Mix it up - avoid everyone having the same look
Add layers & textures for visual interest
Show off their unique styles & tastes
Clothes should be fitted, not baggy
Bright colors & pastels make little faces shine
Accessories are fun; hats, scarves, & chunky jewelry
Bare feet or clean, fun shoes
WHAT TO AVOID
Large patterns that can be distracting
Large logos and graphics
Big, white sneakers
Hair & Makeup Tips
Choose your favorite look and keep things clean and simple. Avoid trying out a drastic new look or hairstyle.
A touch of hair spray to keep things in place is all you need. Avoid shiny, stiffening hair products.
Consider going slightly heavier on makeup application, especially with lashes and lipstick.
Kids never need makeup, they are perfect as-is!
Ensuring Great Portraits
We aim for a happy, calm and fun energy for our sessions to make optimal portraits. For families with young children we suggest avoiding meal and nap times when scheduling sessions if possible, so little ones are happy and content.
Good Hair Day
If you want to get a haircut for your portrait, get it a week or two prior to your session. Great hair needs a few days after a cut to come into its own, to look exactly perfect.
What about Sparky?
Sometimes families are just not complete without their beloved pet. If you’d like your pet in your portraits we ask that you let us know in advance. Please make sure they get exercise and bathroom breaks beforehand so they’re happy during your session.
Smile & Relax
Smiles as you know are extremely contagious. Make sure your family is expecting the session to be all about fun and togetherness. It’s a special event designed to bring out and capture the love you and your family share. So smile, relax, have fun!
2 Weeks Before
Get everyone excited & looking forward to the session
Select what everyone will wear & their accessories
Get haircuts or any additional grooming services
Schedule day-of appointments for hair & makeup
2 Days Before
Confirm any day-of hair or makeup appointments
Get outfits cleaned & pressed, & gather accessories
Make sure everyone is getting their beauty sleep
Day of Session
For small kids, bring along a toy to enjoy that keeps them smiling & calm
Bring along any extra outfits, accessories or props like blankets
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the session so you’re not rushed
Be ready to have some fun!