Things to Consider in Planning Your Session


  1. Coordinate, but you don't have to match. A basic colour palette can be used with a patterned piece you love and then pull colours from that patttern for other outfits. Or you can carry a similar colour or tone as an accent throughout each person's look. Or use varying tones of the same colours for everyone, but everyone doesn't need to wear all the exact same items or colour. Keep in mind that one person in a colour or tone very different from everyone else, can cause them to be the focus of the image.
  2. Accessorize. These can add visual interest, personality, colour or texture. Accessories can be a means of accenting a colour palette that you might have chosen to coordinate between family members. They should complement and not overwhelm and can also include meaningful and related props. Examples: scarves, headbands, umbrella or boots if it's wet, shoes, jewelry, belts, sweaters, hats etc. A coordinating blanket you are willing to place on the ground might also be a good option. 
  3. Consider dressing in layers. This can help keep all family members warm without having to wear a bulky coat in cold weather, but also adds interest and texture. By removing or adding a layer, we can get a variety of looks.
  4. Patterns are ok.  They are best used in moderation and in keeping with your personality, but can add interest to a session. Remeber that large logos, writing, or characters on clothing can often be a distraction, however.
  5. Think about your location. Think about the colours around the location and try to complement those. Also think about the style of the setting- rustic, sophisticated, retro, funky - and consider dressing to match.
  6. Be comfortable. This is important for relaxed and natural looking photos and for everyone to have a good time! Clothing that has movement or flows with adults and children can also add interest. 
  7. Consider staying timeless. This will help extend the life of the photos and not date them.
  8. Think about where you would like the images displayed.  Again, it doesn't have to match perfectly, but consider the surrounding decor of where you would like them displayed. This can help you decide if the feel should be bright and colourful or more neutral and natural. 
  9. Makeup and hair. It's best not to do anything too drastically different from what you are used to, but some colour looks great on camera. Let me know if you are interested in having a make-up artist and/or hair stylist prior to your session and I can refer one. 
  10. You don't need to get too hung up on what to wear. Be yourselves, and let's have fun!