What to expect?
Our style is timeless, candid, and real. And that's all you have to worry about is being the real you. We take care of the rest. You'll receive guidance on how to interact with each other so that we can capture those timeless, in the moment memories. Your session is meant to be fun, and an enjoyable experience to remember! With this in mind, try to plan your getting ready/travel timeline with ample time so you are not feeling rushed or stressed upon arrival to your photosession.
What do we wear?
One of the most common questions we get! Rightfully so! Your wardobe is what can really take your photos from blah... to WOW!
- BE YOU! Consider the location, time of the year, and your family dynamic. You don’t always have to be to “matchy-matchy”. In fact, the best advice I can give my client is to select a color pallet, and go from there. Mix up the colors, throw in some textures, and coordinate the accessories to really tie it all together! Check out our Pinterest board for your go to inspiration! https://www.pinterest.com/divinelight951/
- Decide on a theme: Do you want to have dressy or traditional photos? When trying to put together outfits for larger groups, try to coordinate, not match. Pick 3-4 colors and mix them all in. For girls, you can’t go wrong with cute dresses, rompers, and dainty hats or headbands. For boys, polos, a button-up shirt, sweater vests, as well as overalls on the right age and personality can be very cute. My personal favorite on women are long dresses and flowy skirts paired with a cute top! There's always something similar that seems to flatter all body types, and photography beautifully! For siblings, the children don’t have to match perfectly, just coordinate. Layers are always a good idea (unless it’s 100 degrees) and provide a lot of interest and makes it easy to remove an article of clothing and have a totally different look. Headbands/headchains, hats, scarves, jackets, boots, etc. add a fun and sassy twist. All accessories and props are welcome! Get creative!
- Have your clothing chosen in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive. What do your dream family photos look like? If they are soft and elegant? Chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues. Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family? Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy), we ADORE A SOFT AND NEUTRAL color palette. The reason why is because a soft and neutral color palette ensures that the focus is on the emotion depicted rather than the vibrancy of a particular color.
Grooming: It goes without being said that when you look good, you feel good! Many clients find that getting pampered with a haircut, style, or getting your nails/makeup done will really get you excited for your session (not to mention you’ll look even more fabulous for your images)!
"Style is a way to say who you are, without having to speak."
What to consider:
- Bribing! Yes, I said it haha! You are responsible for your mood, your partners mood, and/or your child's happiness! So now is the perfect time for bribing to get that temporary smile and joy!
- Be certain not to schedule your photo session around your child’s nap or bedtime. The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise. If this is a bad time for your children, please let us know so that we can offer potential alternatives.
- Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach. I meet many families who come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end. If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot.
- Moms/girlfriends/wives/fiancee's are often rushing around before a photo shoot, making sure that their family is dressed and ready. I always encourage mothers/girlfriends/wives/fiancee's to have their hair and makeup professionally done. This will prepare her for her pictures and when she is feeling pretty and confident, this will reflect on the rest of the party as well. Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming. When a family shows up to a family photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganized session. Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.
- Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Give your wife/fiance a sweet kiss on the check. Tell your husband/fiance how much you love him and appreciate him for being there for your family. Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow us to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family.
What to avoid:
- DO NOT wear anything with huge brand/company logo's as they can be very distracting, and take away from the timelessness of your photo's.
- Avoid tanning beds for at least 72 hours prior to your session to avoid an orange discoloration. Be extremely careful with self tanners as well.
- If you wear transition lenses, please remember to remove them, or bring a pair of glasses with clear lenses.
- Avoid clothing that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you hate your upper arms- don't wear a sleeveless dress, if you're concerned about your tummy- bypass the crop top. It seems obvious, but sometimes when we love an outfit, we often forget that most importantly is to love that outfit ON our body too. It's important to remember photographers are not magic mirror magicians! Unlike commercial product photoshoots where altering the individual is the norm, here YOU are the focus, what you wear... should only flatter YOU.
- We ask that no "over the shoulder" photos be taken as it is very distracting for those in front of the camera to focus on the professional camera when there are multiple places to look. The perfect shot can be lost when an individual is looking at another cellphone/camera.
Ultimately... remember to HAVE FUN! We cannot wait to capture your memories!