Outdoor Session Tips
- Coordinating colors not matching.
Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.
- Look at your home decor.
Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.
- Don’t forget accessories.
Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.
- Limit patterns.
Personally, we enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.
- Plan ahead.
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.
- Say no to characters.
Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.
- Avoid all white or all black clothing.
If you are wearing an all-white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, itâ€™s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.
- Textures are your friend.
I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Donâ€™t shy away from different textures.
- Think classic.
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.
- Plan out your outfit(s) few days before so that you can get any extra items if needed.
- Set aside anything special you want to bring. Have snacks packed and ready day before.
- Stay Calm. Even the most serene of mothers can crack if she waits until the last minute (I know, Iâ€™ve been there!). The reason I want parents to be calm is that your emotions are infectious, and I promise you they rub off on to your child. Itâ€™s much more challenging to get real smiles from a child whoâ€™s mommy has been fretting in front of them all morning.
- My last tip is for parents. Itâ€™s more work than you think to get ready for your babyâ€™s milestone session. Donâ€™t wait until the last minute to get everything together, because I promise it will stress you out!
The outdoor session is a fantastic way to capture that love and help take your mind back to that point in time.
You love the images when you get them back, but something happens as time passes. That image comes to mean something else entirely as your child grows. Year after year as you walk by the images on your wall, or flip through your album, that feeling of â€œisnâ€™t he/she so cute and sweet?â€ is replaced by a sentimentality that is really hard to explain.
I have images like these and they are more valuable than gold to me. When I see them they fill my heart, sometimes even with sadness or longing to have that moment back. Seeing them each day reminds me how important it is to enjoy TODAY, because it will be a memory just like those picturesâ€¦ much sooner than I think. I am truly blessed to document this special time for my clients.