It is the time of year for family pictures! Autumn is upon us, here in the Boston area the leaves will soon burst with amazing fall colors. We will start layering our clothes, sipping apple cider, and go pick out the pumpkin that will greet the trick or treaters. OH, and update the family portrait! This is the most popular time of year in New England for family portraits, as it should be! We have a beautiful backdrop and choice locations! You call your photographer and set a date! GREAT!
Then all of the questions and self doubt start creeping in.
What will I wear? What will everyone else wear? What colors look good together? I hate how I look in pictures, my hair, my mom arms, my love handles. AHHHHHH….
I know! I am with you!
I did NOT want to be stressed out going to my family portrait session and I know you don’t either. Stress just leads to stiff posture, tight facial expressions, aggravated spouses and unsettled or crying children…NOT the type of pictures you want hanging on your walls!
Well have I got news for you! I put together these three tips to feel good about your family portraits.
First let’s address color coordination
You should think about the season you are in when choosing colors for your portraits. As we are now into fall it’s best to stay with neutral colors as the main players, like Gray, Navy Blue, and Tan. You can also add a pop of color on one or all of your family with a rust, dark teal, or mustard color. Here is a color pallet and some cute outfits I got from Pinterest to give you an idea. A piece of advice I always give my clients is to choose your outfits and then think “Will I love seeing this on my walls, mantle, desk?”
Ok, now to address the mom arms and love handles!
Because I know that’s what most of us are REALLY thinking about! Maxi dresses RULE! They are not tight so they are not showing off the infamous “muffin top” or “love handles”. An Empire waist line flatters every figure! You can find them with sleeves or without. If you opt for sleeveless or if that is all you can find and still don’t want your arms showing, it can be paired with a sweater or a shawl. Here are some examples (again from Pinterest)
If you prefer not to wear a dress, jeans or pants are great and can be paired with a Tee and a jacket or sweater like this
Mom! You are dressed! Oh wait, your HAIR!!
Some of you may be saying…ummm what about my hair (no really), but not me, I am saying OMG my HAIR!! You can do it yourself, but who wants that hassle! Not me! You can go to your favorite stylist, who doesn’t love to get their hair done by their fav! You give them a call and their next available appointment is an hour AFTER your family portrait session…..Scheduling always seems to be an issue when you have a time frame!
Not to worry!
Ask your photographer if they have a Hair and Make Up person they work with. There may be an additional charge (but you were going to pay your stylist anyway AND you get your make up done too!) Your photographer will schedule a time right BEFORE your portrait session so you are fresh and ready to go rock that camera! As a Mom I know getting great family portraits can be nerve racking. As a photographer I know how easy I can make it for you. A quality portrait photographer should walk you through the process, answer ALL of your questions, and make you feel comfortable in front of their camera to get YOU the family portraits you deserve. To book a family portrait session or any portrait session please click below to connect with me.