Wednesday Style – It’s the Little Things – Family Photography
Styling yourself and your family for a family portrait session can be a challenge. You have to figure out the best locations, coordinate a wardrobe selection and even hairstyles. But it’s the final little details that can really polish and complete your photo shoot look. Here are some tips for you and your family.
Hair and nails
Your hair should look natural and neat. If you want to get it trimmed before the shoot, do so at least 2 weeks before. If you’re taking outdoor photos, remember hair ties, pins and hairspray to prevent flyaways. Men should shave close to the shoot with enough time for redness and bumps to disappear. If they wear facial hair, just make sure it’s neat and trimmed.
Don’t forget about your nails. There’s nothing worse than a perfect head-to-toe look being ruined by dark, chipped nail polish. Be sure to get a manicure before the shoot – a neutral palette looks best and is most timeless.
You want to add some color to your face, but don’t overdo it. You should look like yourself – if your signature look is a red lip, then go for it. If not, it’s best to leave experimentation for another time. Make sure the kids have clean faces – no chocolate stains or runny noses.
You want your family to look great in your pictures. So make sure all of your outfits are ironed and wrinkle-free. You don’t want the kids looking disheveled do you? Have them put their clothes on right before the shoot and make sure they don’t roll around in the mud!
The family’s feet should not be neglected either. No muddy sneakers please. Dress shoes should be clean and neatly polished.
Some more quick tips – if you wear glasses, you may want to avoid the glare a camera can pick-up by removing the lenses or getting a fake pair that looks like your own. If glasses are a part of your everyday life, don’t remove them for the pictures. You want to look like yourself. If you want to make your smile sparkle, start a teeth-whitening regiment a few weeks before the shoot. And finally, remember to moisturize and protect your skin from the sun. If you want to add a touch of bronzer, go for it, but just make sure you don’t end up looking like an Oompa-Loompa!
Images via designmom.com, merakoh.com, imkristensphotoblog.com, josh-bennett.com