Your success more often than not, starts with your headshot. One of the first things your future employers and clients notice is your social media profile picture, email avatar or a picture on your resume. It takes three tenths of a second to create a first impression by this single image that communicates your brand and personality. Look at your headshot as a way to humanizing your brand to your audience.
The best headshots showcase a deep authenticity that allows the viewer to see and feel who you are as a person and as a brand. A great headshot helps making that first impression an impactful one that fuels your business and builds deeper relationships. You don’t want to blow your first impression with a low quality headshot, taken in bad light at bad angles in an awkward pose.
Your headshot needs to be more than a picture of your face. It needs to convey your personality, seriousness and approachability, based on your profession. A teacher, corporate vice president, fitness guru, and graphic design artist would all have very different headshots. At your portrait consultation we learn about you to understand how your audience perceive you and what you want your headshot or professional branding portraits to portray. We then discuss about the best location. Does a particular studio background brings out the color of your eyes? Is your office the best location for your professional branding portraits? Do we need to shoot at a cafe to showcase your friendly, laid back personality? Should we do your portraits at a client’s location to showcase your work in the background and even get testimonial shots? What should you wear to achieve the look? Do we need to make you look more powerful, approachable, passionate about your work or an expert through your posing and expressions? Our process helps bring out your personality so you are confident and proud of how your personal and professional brand is viewed by others.
Your headshot is the first connection of your brand, it needs to portray the right image for you. What does your professional headshot say about you? Checkout our portfolio and contact us so you can have the best headshot of your life!
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 😉
What more visual inspiration on what to wear for your family photo shoot? I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to this.
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.
Have a great tip on how to prepare for a photo session that you would like to share with the readers? Leave a comment! 🙂