This is a quick tutorial for clients on how to navigate their client gallery.
Over the years I have photographed people in all kinds of different environments, including retail portrait studios in the mall, a tiny basement private studio and countless outdoor locations. There are a few things that can always make a session better, no matter where it is taking place.
1. What to Wear
Long gone are the days of matching white shirts and khakis. Coordinate your family’s clothing
without being matchy matchy. Pick a color scheme (like neutrals or shades of blue) and center
each person’s outfit around those colors. As a rule, it is best to stay away from wild prints and
characters or logos. Those can be very distracting in the final image. If you want to incorporate
a print, like a plaid shirt or floral skirt, let that be the only print and use the colors in it to tie the
other outfits together. It is also a good idea to stay away from all black or all white clothing. All
black tends to lose detail and makes people look like floating heads. All white can cause glare
and bright spots from the sun or studio lights. Also when choosing outfits, consider the location we will be shooting in. For example, if we are shooting in a park or wooded area, high heels will be more trouble than they are worth.
Cassandra Zingaro - photographer, mom, wife, owner of HeartStrings Photography and first time blogger