I love a good traditional portrait session! These make great wall art pieces to hang on your wall, create a keepsake book, or even a carefully crafted collage. Fall is one of the most popular times of the year for portraits. The colours are changing. Warm and cozy sweaters are making their comeback. And everyone is settling into a new routine of back-to-school and new activities.
Some of my favourite tips for planning and executing your annual family portrait session are:
Pick a time when you and your family aren’t rushed for other activities. Rounding up the whole family for portraits can sometimes be a stressful experience. Relieve some of the pressure by making sure you’re not having to rush off to another activity right after (or before!).
Pick a neutral colour palette and have everyone dress in complementing colours. Try to avoid any matching outfits (white shirts and blue jeans is not always the best option). Adding visual interest by incorporating minimal textures and patterns that work together will help create timeless images.
Choose your location! Do you have a spot that holds a special place for your family? Maybe even in your own backyard. Finding a location that either has sentimental value can add meaning to your images. If not, then a location that perhaps showcases a special activity your family loves to do together.
And finally, have fun! Whether you want more candid or traditional portraits, I will walk you through every step of the way. From pre-session consultation and wardrobe advice, to step-by-step guidance during your session. We will work together to create memorable art you’ll cherish for years to come. Let’s connect and discuss your vision for your own session.