I’m so in love with this family session. Angela approached me to get some updated pictures of her daughter, Esha who I have photographed before. I suggested that Angela join her for this photo session as well and have the dad join towards the end for some complete family pictures too. I’m so glad Angela agreed to be in the pictures this time. As moms we are always behind the camera, photographing our kids, ignoring ourselves.
We started with professional hair and makeup for Esha and Angela in the studio. It was amazing seeing them transform in to their glamour selves! We created some beautiful images in the studio before changing up the look and heading outdoors. Check out their beautiful transformation and the love that runs deep in this family, through their images.
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It could be stressful to decide what to wear for your family pictures. Should you match with each other, wear different shades of the same color, match the background, glam up or stay casual. Relax! It’s easier than you think. The following tips will get you thinking in the right direction.
PICK 1-2 BRIGHT COLORS AND MIX IN NEUTRALS
If you stick to this rule, you can’t go wrong in any season. Pick one-two bright colors and mix in neutral colors like shades of grey, white, beige, navy, black or denim. Depending on the season, you can use pastel to primary colors for your main tones. Pastel colors are great in spring, summer and fall but I love pop of primary colors when the landscape is more neutral in winter.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO DRESS IT UP AND LET YOUR PERSONALITIES SHINE
Let’s be honest, where else are you going to wear that ball gown hanging in your closet waiting for the right opportunity? Make your portraits a visual treat by dressing it up. Tulle dress is a photographer’s heaven!
COMPLEMENTARY COLORS WITH BACKDROP/LOCATION
Make your colors pop in the picture but don’t look out of place. Wear colors that complement the background. Contrasting complementary colors are sooting to the eye. Tones of blue, yellow and red go well with the mostly green background.
CAN’T GO WRONG WITH BLACK
I always say, when all else fails, go with black. Black is easy and goes with all color backdrops, especially in winter and fall. Everyone has something black in his/her wardrobe.
WEAR FITTED CLOTHES
No matter what shape or size you are, camera sees everything in two-dimensions. We like hiding our curves and rolls, in loose clothing. Pictures however, is a whole another ball game. Want to look slimmer? Wear fitted clothes and use posing tricks to hide those problem areas. If you need help with posing, I have a beautiful guide designed for just that. Sign up through the link on my home page and start rocking your pictures.
Photoshop can easily fix what remains 😉
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Anil called me inquiring for a family photo session 2 days before the family was supposed to leave for India. We got to working and made it happen! 🙂 I think best things happen when you just jump into it and don’t have time to stress over planning everything perfectly. We decided to do two different looks , Indian ethnic wear and casual outfits. Lake Atalanta in Rogers has always been one of my favorite spots to photograph, and this particular day it did not disappoint. The weather cooperated well and we even got beautiful sunset light. I love how bright and airy these images turned out. After shooting at the lake we went back to the studio to change it up a bit. They decided to wear Indian ethnic clothing for the studio portraits. Indian outfits can brighten up any portrait with their bright colors and grand look and their portraits turned out just stunning. I adore the pictures we got from their session. Here are some of my favorites. I hope you love these too!
THINK OF THE END PRODUCT FIRST
It all starts to come together easy when you think backwards. Before you decide on what to wear or where to go for your photo session, think about how you want to display your images. Are you planning to update a gallery wall in your house? Would these images be part of an existing gallery? Are you planning to hang a large statement piece in your living room?
Knowing how these images will be displayed in your house will help you decide what you should wear. If you are wanting these images to brighten up your otherwise neutral room with a pop of color, you can wear bright colors. If you want everything to be harmonic with your existing decor, stick with different tones of main colors in your decor and mix in neutral colors. Weather you dress up in classy formals for your photo session or a beautiful bohemian dress, it should match with the decor of your room so your wall portrait looks like it belongs in your space.
COLOR COORDINATE YOUR OUTFITS
Color coordinate with each other to make everything cohesive but don’t be overly matchy-matchy. Pick 1-2 bright colors and mix in the neutrals like shades of beige, grey, navy or white. Avoid creating a uniform for everyone so every picture from your session looks interesting. Accessories like scarfs, jackets, hats or jewelry can change up looks quickly. Don’t forget to plan your shoes according to outfit changes. If you plan on wearing heels, it’s always a good idea to carry a comfy pair of shoes in case you have to walk a lot or there are un-even surfaces where you are shooting. You don’t want to hike in stilettos with a 2 years old in your arms!
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Nothing spoils a child’s good mood faster than too many clothing changes, too many locations, and too many props. I know it’s tempting to try to recreate every gorgeous image you’ve ever seen, but the best images will happen spontaneously as a result of your unique family relationships. When you are not working off of a checklist, you’ll have more time to create organic images that you’ll love. Try to limit your top priorities to 1 or 2 things.
Discussing your vision with your photographer ahead of time would make it possible for him/her to shoot at the right angles and composition. I was able to create this unicorn picture because I planned this picture in my head before I posed this little girl with her hand up in the air like she’s petting the invisible unicorn.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Make sure your outfits will keep you and the kids comfortable during your entire shoot. Nothing will hinder family photos faster than a freezing baby or an overheated toddler. Dress in layers if possible so that you can add and remove if needed. It’s always helpful to have an extra wrap or blanket if it’s cold.
BE ON TIME
Light changes quickly around sunset. Make sure to start earlier than you think you need, to allow for traffic or other delays. Having good light is essential for good outdoor portraits.
Kids usually take some time warming up to the camera so having extra shooting time in ample light is always good.
KIDS WILL BE KIDS
All professional family photographers have seen their fair share of meltdowns, and we work through them every time! Instead of stressing out because you’re missing “the perfect shot,” let your kid take the lead for a while. Kids (and even babies) pick up on their parents’ stress levels, so laugh it off and know that happier moments are soon to come. And sometimes, that temper tantrum ends up turning into a hilarious image that you’ll cherish for years to come!
REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOR
While every family has different parenting styles and I respect that, I am all for using bribes for one day. Nothing makes a kid sit still longer than a (lollipop, beloved toy, insert your fave here!). However, be sure not to mention said treat until we’re close to the end of the session. Revealing a toy and then taking it back can be a recipe for disaster.
TRUST YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
You have hired an expert, leave it to your photographer to make you look your best and your images stunning! Just sit back and enjoy the moment. Create memories that you would remember every time you will look at these pictures. often times what we photographers see through our camera may not be visible to you from where you are standing. This picture of the couple with their reflection in water was not something they saw when I asked them to go stand at this spot.
FOCUS ON THE LOVE IN YOUR FAMILY
In the end, it’s not about what you wore or which location you chose. It’s about capturing the love in your life at this stage. It’s about family hugs and belly laughs. It’s about showing your children how much you love them so that they have these memories for the rest of their lives. It about how you felt and how you will feel every time you look at these images.
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Pragnya and Bharath are truly made for each other. My heart was just melting during their entire shoot. They are the sweetest couple, so in love with each other. They make each other laugh and the joy that shines in their hearts can be clearly seen in all their pictures. I couldn’t be more in love with these two! Pragnya is so fun to be around. She’s the girl next door who giggles and blushes a lot. When we met for the portrait consultation, I already knew their photo session was going to be amazing. I love the outfits we picked out for their session and the location we chose. Everything fell in place just like a romantic story. Bharath flew in from Virginia for his engagement shoot and the first time I met him was at the time of the shoot. We instantly hit off like old friends and he was super comfortable posing for every single shot! We did their engagement shoot at one of my most favorite locations in Bentonville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. I love how many different backdrops are available at this one spot! Enjoy some of the favorites from Pragnya and Bharath’s engagement session and leave them some love!
These two are getting married on March 10th in India. I can’t wait to see Pragnya dressed up as an Indian bride in her red bridal saree, but for now, I’m in love with the images we created in this session and I absolutely love their Save the Date. I had quite some fun designing it.
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I have known the Visser family for about a decade now and they are one of the sweetest families! Sarah called me and said, “Nidhi, I’m ready to hang some beautiful pictures of our family on the walls and I know you will be the best photographer for this!”. I’m so glad she trusted me with these images and absolutely adore how these portraits turned out. Here are some of my favorites from their session at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville. The Vissers made my job so easy with their adorable smiles and fun personalities. The fur babies cooperated like champs. I love creating complete family portraits with dogs included.
Vissers did great coordinating their outfits. Their session is perfect for outfit ideas for your family pictures. I love how they coordinated, picking one bright color and mixing in with neutrals, without matching exactly with each other.
Here’s the ones we did in the studio for their Christmas cards.
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