There are a number of things to consider when planning for a successful portrait session and these will be discussed with you in the days leading up to the planned session.
Broadly they are -
Timing. The time of day depends on if the session is indoors or outdoors. For outdoor photoshoots we try and avoid the middle of the day when the light can be harsh. Indoor sessions can be at any time as portable professional studio lights are used in such circumstances.
Location. Remember a family portrait is about drawing the viewers attention to the people in the picture and as such there is little emphasis on the surrounding environment. A good group portrait does not contain distracting features from the surrounds and often we will seek to throw the surrounds slightly out of focus on purpose.
Clothing. Avoid patterned fabrics, clothing with heavy logos or distracting text and colours that clash between people in the picture. Plain colours that are co-ordinated across all family members tend to work well and will stand the test of time in the photo. For example white tops and tidy denim jeans achieve a co-ordinated and relaxed look.
Inclusion of family pets. They are very much a part of the family but are they to be part of the photo and how will they cope with it?
What is the primary purpose of the photo? A family portrait is a significant and precious reminder of a point in family history. It often takes pride of place on a prominent wall in your home. We make sure that the quality of production is of the highest standard in order to achieve the desired end result. If you have other uses in mind please discuss these at time of booking so that we can provide the outcome you need.
I will be expanding these tips as time allows.