Discuss the family portrait together with the entire group. Your family portrait should convey a sense of your family’s personality. Talk about possible color schemes, settings and poses.
Choose clothes that fit with the setting of the portrait. If you are having your portrait taken by the lake, summer clothing is appropriate.
Coordinate colors. Everyone in the family portrait should wear colors that blend well together. Some families choose to match their colors exactly. While this is not necessary, you do need to ensure that all the clothing colors complement each other.
Coordinate the style of clothing as well. Everyone should be dressed in a similar style, such as formal or casual.
Avoid different shades of the same color. If one person is wearing a bright red shirt, you don’t want another person wearing a light red shirt. It will just look like you attempted to match but didn’t quite succeed. Try not to wear too much white as white reflects light and will usually get washed out in the exposure.
Choose neutral or muted color tones. Bright colors tend to draw the eye away from the subjects.
Avoid stripes, plaids, logos and bold patterns as they will draw attention away from the faces in the photo. Likewise, avoid bright, shiny jewelry and large belt buckles. You want the main focus to be on your family, not your clothes.
Pick clothing that fits nicely. It should be neither too tight nor too loose. The clothes should hang on the bodies well, without folding or creasing.
Consider clothing that covers the knees and elbows. These areas don’t photograph as well as the rest of the body so it may be wise to choose clothing that covers them.
Avoid trendy styles. Basic classics are better clothing choices for your portrait. Trends pass and you want your family portrait to be timeless.
It is best to photograph newborns in the first two weeks after birth. Infant photography sessions usually take longer to accommodate for feedings and changes. Because of this, it is best that you try to have your newborn well rested and fed before the shoot.
Clothing: There is no need to bring a bunch of fancy clothes for your newborn. The skin they are born in is all you need and will provide the best photographs. Mom and/or dad, holding the baby usually works well. It is best if both parents wear long sleeve black shirts for these shots. Skin on skin with mom and dad make beautiful images as well. Simple works best for the newest of babies. Please be sure to bring simple, solid-colored diaper covers for your newborn.
Props: For newborns, props are minimal. Colorful flowers, stuffed animals, rubber ducks, etc. are available. Special toys and blankets make for good props. Please be sure to bring solid colored blankets that will enhance the portrait. For example, if you are announcing a baby girl, a pink blanket would be ideal to have in the image.
Young children tend to do better with outdoor photo shoots. I enjoy capturing children in their natural form; at play or observing nature. Kids tend to be most cooperative when they are in comfortable clothing with minimal clothing changes.
Clothing: Clothing should be chosen based on the style of session you are seeking. Jeans, a bright top and bare feet are perfect for candid and outdoor photo sessions. Also, long sundresses and sandals make great spring/summer shots. Choose fun outfits and accessories (hats, tutu’s, over sized accessories, etc.) Elaborate costumes always create priceless photos. Dresses, slacks and a button down shirt with a sweater or jacket give it a more formal look. Classic clothes like white linen dresses, khakis and polo shirts give the portrait a timeless look. It’s best to avoid plaids, busy patterns or any large logos, as it detracts from the photographs focus, your child. Solid colors are ideal.
What do I wear to a maternity photo shoot? Your own comfort level is the main key in deciding what type of maternity shoot you want to do. Open loose shirts, belly revealing tanks and bra-like lingerie tops are all appropriate clothing ideas. Some opt to use special garments, such as a sheer material or scarves to drape across the belly. This creates a classic and beautiful portrait for you to memorialize.
Engagement and Couple photo shoot sessions are primarily done on location. The downtown Louisville, the park, the surroundings by the Big 4 bridge and other beautiful locations work best. It is up to you, but I have some wonderful locations where I frequently shoot. As with Family Photos, it is best to wear corresponding colors and keep distracting patterns and colors to a minimum. I have found that black or white tops with khaki or jean bottoms work best with these outdoor photo shoots. Feel free to bring multiple outfits as we can do clothing changes throughout the shoot. There is only one important prop for Engagement Photos and that is: The Engagement Ring! Ladies: Remember to wear the ring. I’m sure you will be wearing it anyway. Couples photo shoots do not require any props unless there is something you have in mind.
Always remember to wear loose clothing before a swimsuit session, or other skin revealing photo shoot. It is best to bring a variety of swimsuits and covers (wraps, skirts, tops) to choose from. Solid colored swimsuits work best and nude colored swimsuits will provide the sexiest images. Bring plenty of accessories to be photographed in, such as sunglasses, hats, shoes, and jewelry. Envy Me Images will also provide a small assortment of accessories, props, and covers. Please be sure to bring a towel and a hair brush in case you get wet during the shoot.