What To Wear

The most common question people often ask before a portrait session is - what do we wear?

Some things to think about is how you can co-ordinate outfits through colour and style - which is different to matching outfits - you still want to show YOUR identity in the photos.

Our studio is a very natural and white space and we have found that soft colours and neutrals photograph the best.  If everyone is in the same tonal range then you will all look connected.  Our goal is to focus on your expressions and your connections – without being distracted by your clothing. 

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A simple trick is to take one outfit - say Mum's - and then pull different colours out of that outfit and match them to the others.  A good idea is to lay all the clothes together on a bed and see how they look together - you'll quickly see that Dad’s bright red tartan shirt is going to clash horribly with that pastel purple polka dot skirt you were going to wear!    Try to stick to a similar colour palette and tonal range - this will not only look great in the end result - but it also ties your family together nicely too!

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Layers are also great  - especially if it means we have more to work with out-fit wise and we can mix it up a bit in photos! You can also add in some texture such as lace, crochet, cable-knit, ribbons and ruffles. 

Avoid logos - you don't your family portrait to be a branded advertisement for Nike.  Same for big printed patterns on tee-shirts - try to go for plainer options if you can.

Stick to the same style of clothing - casual or formal, jeans or pants, shoes or jandals  - it can be a bit of crazy photo if you are all dressed as though some are off to work, others to a BBQ, and others to a ball.

Take the time to choose your outfits carefully and it will make a dramatic difference to the end results


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Think about where your portraits will be displayed and how. If you are planning a feature piece for your home – think about the colours you like to be surrounded by.  For example – timeless white or neutrals will look great in most homes, but if you have a certain colour accent in your décor – you can achieve a real WOW effect by tying this in with your clothing.  

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Handy hint - agreeing on one common colour theme - say, different shades of blue for example - and get everyone to ensure that each family has something that matches in with that colour (not matching outfits though).

You can also tie outfits together with accessories - a bright yellow scarf, pink headband, blue jewelry, orange heels etc to match in with each other. (Don't worry guys - that bits just for the girls!) This is not only a great way to have a pop of colour - but also a great way to show your personality as well.

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Once you have everyone's clothing organised - the next thing to consider is hair and makeup for Mum. 

Is there a more perfect reason to pamper yourself and have professional hair and makeup done than when you are about to be photographed for a family portrait that will be displayed proudly on your  wall for many years. 

We work with a small number of exclusive Hair and Makeup artists and highly recommend booking them for their services. Not only are they some of the most experienced in Canterbury, but they also know the light in our studio and our style of work very well – ensuring that you will look glamorous and gorgeous not only in your portraits, but also should you use this opportunity to book a night out afterwards