Eeeeeek....what do I wear?!!
This will be running through all the ladies minds right now!
No offence gentlemen, but you’re just more laid back about these things than us women! (for the most part!)
There are 3 main things to consider when choosing what you and the family wear to one of my autumnal sessions:
1) Be comfortable and be yourself.
If the kids are happy in jeans, let them wear jeans. If your daughter is crazy about skirts, don’t force her to wear something different because you’ll just end up with a grumpy child who will glare at my camera!! It’s really important that the kids feel happy too. If it makes your life easier & you want to remember their little foibles…let them wear that spiderman outfit (just make sure you match!!)
I have 3 daughters….I know how children are….make sure they feel awesome too. If that means using the old ‘I’m giving you choices but really I’m bending your mind to my way of thinking‘ trick, then go for it! Pick out 2 outfits that will work, and let them mix and match. As long as they’re reasonably coordinated, we’re good! Failing that…use bribery!
Bear in mind that it might be quite cold/drizzly, so your jacket and accessories are important too! Scarf’s work really well, especially knitted ones, and who doesn’t love a chunky knit hat!
2) Co-ordinate with the family.
Chunky kits and layers look amazing in the autumnal scenery! If you only have mis-matched coloured jackets, choose warm (coordinated!) clothing underneath that means you can ditch the jackets for 10 minutes.
The more coordinated you are, the more amazing your photos will look!
3) Don't clash with nature.
Their combination of layers, chunky knits, denim, & that little pop of colour, made for the most wall worthy photos! In fact…this very image graces the wall of this clients new kitchen, as a massive canvas!
What to avoid.
Definitely avoid bright pinks as they will clash with Autumn itself. Dusky pinks would be better.
Try to stay away from bold, eye-catching patterns. Instead, keep it simple.
Please (pretty please!) avoid clothing with large lettering or logos, as again, these will just distract from the photo!
Finally, I know black is a very popular colour, but for the scenery in Autumn… it can be a little dull!
The most important thing is that you are comfortable and that you have fun! These sessions are quick & cheerful, but the results may well go on your walls, so thinking about what you’ll all wear is worth the effort!
I hope this has helped, if you have any questions or would like some advice, please just holler, I’m always happy to help!
A little inspiration for you!
In their words “Jan and Norman are always trying to get some nice group shots of their grandkids and they often don’t achieve great results. The kids are either not in the same place, or not prepared to play ball.”
The week leading up to the shoot was glorious. ON the day…not so much! The rain was pounding the ground and getting 8 children corralled (and more importantly happy!) in Scottish rain was just not happening! The entire shoot ended up being indoors, but after some rearranging of furniture, bribing of children and some [JSP] charm….each child was photographed within an inch of their life, and I even got some grown ups!!
Jan & Norman’s home is so full of love, and so full of memories for both the children and grand-children, that I wanted to get some more natural, story-telling shots that the family can enjoy for years to come. All those little details that seem insignificant just now, become so important as time goes on, and a simple photograph can induce so many memories and feelings, that it becomes absolutely priceless.
Thank you for having me in your wonderful, warm & welcoming home!
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The weather was perfect, the leaf colours were spectacular, and honestly….every single family were amazing! It’s kinda tricky to get children to warm to you in short a short space of time, but thankfully I know a few tricks of the trade being a mum of 3!
The results were more autumnal than I could have dreamed of, and I truly enjoyed every minute, even though it was thoroughly exhausting!
Watch this space….I may even do them in 2017!