Top Styling Tips for Family Photos

Tis’ the season… to schedule your family photo shoot! 

When autumn rolls around each year I look forward to the cooling weather, boots, warm drinks, softer light and of course, styling families for their yearly photo!

I’m excited to offer 3 different Family Photo Styling options! Not sure if you have the time or the desire to pull your clan’s look all together? No problem, schedule an appointment with me according to your needs and goals for your shoot.

Styling Option #1: Skype Styling – Simple, affordable and quick!
We will spend 45-60 minutes together diving into your closet, all virtual, thanks to Skype.
$49.00 for the hour

Styling Option #2: At-Home & In Person - Feel that you need to spend a bit more time with me, in person, for the styling of this year’s family photo? Want to get just the right look? Worried about pleasing the whole crowd?
Schedule an at-home styling session!
1-2 hours depending on the size of your family & wardrobes.

Styling Option #3: Fill the Frame – This is the whole shebang!
Not sure, at all, what you are looking for this year? Want to incorporate some new pieces for different family members?
Schedule a shopping trip, with me, and I’ll have your whole family styled, a-new, in 3-4 bours.

Now, for my top styling tips:

1. Saturated colors look beautiful on
a variety of skin colors and tones. Plum, burgundy, navy, cobalt, emerald
green, rich chocolate brown.
Turquoise and coral are always beautiful and fun together
and are easily grounded by navy. Brights like orange, lime, mustard and fushia are also great ways to make your look stand out! 

* If you need color guidance or inspiration, look at a color wheel. Which color speaks to you? Choose a complimentary color next to the primary you chose or directly opposite the wheel.

2. Dress from head to toe; you never
know what fun position your photographer will capture your family in!

3. Bring any extra clothing or accessories
on hangers, not in bags, because of wrinkling.

4. Embrace your child(ren)’s
personality & passions at this particular moment. 

For example, I styled a family of 4 this past weekend and their 6 yr old boy
loves cars. We pulled a handsome long sleeve tee with a vintage-looking car
on it & built most of the other looks around that color palette.
Be open to inspiration!

5. When choosing a pattern, keep it on
a smaller scale and classic; for example, herringbone, houndstooth, polka dots,
or a petite paisley.
  Or decide on one
family member who will don a fun, bold print, such as an animal print or exotic ikat, and then
style everyone else around that.

6. I recommend not wearing solid white,
red or black tops/sweaters – white washes most out and black can come off
looking very harsh. Red steals the eye away so if you would like to incorporate
this color do so as a splash here and there, an accent.

7. Ladies, it is best to cover your shoulders
as straps can distract from the face and add the appearance of extra weight. Yikes!

8. Stick with classics! This is not
the place for trends, including hair & makeup.

9. Add layers for texture, sheen and
color – Light layering looks beautiful and adds depth to any photo!

10. Have fun! Be spontaneous! Represent your beautiful family as you are!
your photographer! Enjoy this special time!

I will be posting my own family’s photos next month after our shoot with Melanie of Melanie Monroe Photography. We are thrilled to be shooting with her as I’ve known her since high school and also, the three of us missed a professional opportunity for photos last year. 

Happy Smiling!

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