How to prepare for your on location family portraits



Obviously this is your shoot, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy but here's some tips we find the most flattering to ensure you're family are looking your best best and will make you stand out from the background.



✅ Wear solid colours avoiding stripes, bold textures and patterns, this ensures no one person stands out more and we see all your faces.

✅ Go for muted tones over bright colours so you are the subject, not your outfit, bright colours will also make you stand out too much from your surroundings and can create unflattering shapes.

✅ Wear all darks (eg: black shirt and dark denim) or all light tones (eg: white shirt and light denim) this keeps you in proportion, mixing darks and lights can create the illusion of your top or bottom half being larger than the other.

✅ If shooting in a large group and not everyone owns the same colours, choose 1-3 similar colours and mix and match throughout the group to bring you all together.

✅ opt for atleast elbow length sleeves, cardigans over dresses long pants and skirts and dresses past the knee, not because we're prudes but bare skin takes more surface area than your face and tends to draw more attention (especially in dark colours) and can make these features look larger than they actually are.

✅ Keep hair and jewellery to a minimum, this isn't the 80s And more importantly we don't want to draw attention away from your face.

✅ Do your make up how you would on a normal make up wearing day, anything over the top will make you unrecognizable and not... you.

✅ If you don't usually spray tan don't do it for your shoot - because we all know you're not a natural orange.

✅ If it's going to be a cold day maybe rethink that dress, it may be stunning but your facial expression and skin will tell everyone youre freezing more than editing can fix, we're not saying wear snow gear but absolutley bring a warm jacket to wear between shots!


Ultimately we want you and your family to look as natural and flattering as possible and your portrait session to be focused on YOU not what you're wearing.


We want you to be happy with your shoot, keep these tips in mind but wear what makes you happy and comfortable, keep in mind our shoot location and what's going to be suitable for the location and weather.



How do I act?


Simply you don't, be yourself, that probably sounds ridiculous knowing you're going to be on camera and that might feel a bit daunting right now but the best trick is to ignore the camera and be yourself.


This generally comes naturally once we meet and you realise this 5ft awkward nerd is 0% scary.


You will be given queues and posing advice throughout the shoot to ensure were getting your best angles so no need to worry about that, we also recommend you look at Pintrest to find some poses and family shoots you'd like to recreate, be vocal with your photographer, we're working for you, if there's anything you do or don't want to try please let me know!


Once you've nailed your confident candid style, help out the younger members of the shoot, they're more inquisitive and will have a hard time ignoring us, you will need to distract them, luckily these playful moments also make for fantastic shots so the more organic these can happen the better.


Lastly treat shoot day like any other day, get that beauty sleep, make sure you have a hearty breakfast and have fun with the day, communication is key, we will shoot heaps and show you along the way to ensure you're happy with the shots.

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