Where will the session take place?
For families and children, I suggest an outdoor location for more variety. All of my family sessions are done on location to ensure a natural look and feel! Being outside gives us beautiful natural lighting, as well as sun flares, and plenty of room to move around have have fun!
I will also do in-home sessions or a combination indoor/outdoor. This works best if you have plenty of light in a room (large windows) that will allow plenty of light into your home. .Some location ideas include your home and neighborhood, local parks, nature areas (Meramec Springs, Lane Springs), downtown areas (for an urban look, think Rolla or St James), golf courses, lakes, rivers and streams, old buildings (St James or Newburg), open fields and barns, forests or wooded areas, college campus (S&T). We will need to obtain prior permission for any private property areas.
What should I bring?
I encourage you to bring some of your favorite things! If children are young, think things like toys or books. If they are a older, dance shoes, basketballs, bikes, etc. This helps give younger children a familiar sense of comfort and keeps them happily entertained! It also helps with the play and interaction process. I love capturing both beautifully posed and candid action shots of your family enjoying themselves!
You are free to bring as many props and outfits as you choose that can be fit in the allotted time. You may also bring props of your favorite things (sports teams, musical instruments are popular) that we can incorporate as well for a themed photo. If you would like a special prop please let me know ahead of time so I can better plan your session!
What should we wear?
Whatever is YOU!!
Please know that for baby sessions (2 years and under), I offer some styling and outfits/accessories for use.
If you need ideas, I also have a Pinterest board especially for Seniors and Families here with various clothing options and ideas: http://pinterest.com/studio91/what-to-wear-to-your-shoot .
Baby and Toddler Boys and Girls
Feel free to bring any dresses (girls), hats, headbands (girls), or outfits. We may also dress baby in pettis/hats/headbands/tutus at the session. I do have a choice of hats and diaper covers, headbands, etc. at the studio but you are free to bring your own.
Coordinate outfits. Everybody in the portrait should wear items that complement each other in style and color. It is not necessary for all clothes to match, but they must make sense together. Choosing clothes with same or similar colors unifies the picture and keeps the focus on the people in the picture. Jeans with coordinating tops for everyone looks great. Feel free to bring something dressy as well. Don’t forget accessories! Hats, hair accessories, make-up, and jewelry. Feel free to bring any items that are special to you, and we can incorporate those as well.
Outdoors and Cold Weather
Cold weather can sometimes be difficult. If everything is dead, we can still get good photos. The key is coordinating your clothing to your surroundings. Neutral colors work best, browns, purples, oranges, and whites work best when there isn’t a lot of color outdoors. Don’t be afraid to wear a nice coat/scarf/hat combination if you have something that would photograph well. Babies should be dressed warmly (even if only their face is showing, that can be really cute as well).
What to Avoid (Older Children and Adults)
Avoid bright yellows, reds and bright oranges (they battle the subjects face for attention) and the camera will readily pick up the reflected light and render skin tone with a color cast. Avoid clothing containing logos, slogans, or other distractions.
Bold stripes, large designs, plaid and polka dots stand out and tend to draw attention from the portrait’s subject. Avoid super-short sleeved tops or shorts for adults. When arms and legs are exposed and there’s lots of skin visible, it can be a distraction from the main focal point of the photo – the face. Skirts are okay and photograph well.
Jeans are fine but shorts are discouraged.
Avoid plain sneakers and running shoes (converse type sneakers or colorful ones are okay).