What do we wear for our family session?

One of the biggest stresses about getting your family portraits taken can be what to wear. Should you match or not match, dark colors or light colors? Stripes or no stripes? Here is a quick guide to help you make the easiest and best decisions for your session. Use this as a guideline and customize it to your needs and desires. You may choose to wear something completely different than suggested here. That’s okay too!

MATCH YOUR HOME — If you plan on hanging these images in your home or in a specific room or office, then it’s a great idea to wear colors that compliment room. That way, your images will blend perfectly with your décor. If your walls are tan, then you may choose tans, blacks and reds. If your walls are gray, then you may choose cooler colors like gray, plum, or turquoise. If you don’t have a specific style in your home, or are unsure whether you will be displaying a large image, then you can choose to wear neutral tones.

PATTERNS ARE BOTH GOOD & BAD — If you choose to include patterns, be sure to complement them with something solid. If you have too many patterns, then your clothing may become a distraction. We want to focus on your faces and emotion in the image. Too many patterns can distract from that.

AVOID LOGOS — Similar to the patterns tip above, try to avoid wearing clothing with big logos on them. This can be a distraction too.

CHOOSE COLOR GROUPS — Here are a few color groups for inspiration to get you in the mood.

Traditional & classic: Tans, denim, black, white, cream

Bright and colorful: Red, blue, orange, yellow, bright pink

Neutrals: Sage, navy, black, cream, olive

Holiday colors: Red, silver, gray, black

Color pop: Stick with whites, tans, grays, and just a pop of red or pink

Spring and summer: Tan, coral, gray, yellow Fall colors: Purple, orange pink and brown.

Jewel tones: Purple, cranberry, teal, squash, yellow, navy

What do I wear for my portrait session?

I think one of the biggest challenges once you book your portraits is “OMG! What am I going to wear?” This is a really big deal and you want to look your best. Here are a few tips for you:

FAVORITE OUTFIT — Bring stuff you love and feel comfortable in. This will make you feel and look amazing. Lack of comfort and confidence really affects your photos.

VARIETY — Bring a ton for us to work with… different clothes, accessories & shoes. Ten outfits isn’t too much! We are different from other studios that limit you to only one or two outfits. It can be your favorite jeans, your team number, favorite hat, vintage dress or outfit, summer dress, favorite comfy outfit, a costume, or something furry. You know those days where your bed is covered in clothes because you just weren’t feeling it? We want you to “feel it” the day of your shoot…We won’t use all the outfits, but we want to have options and make sure you love what you are wearing and you look amazing in your photos. With all these options we can choose colors and styles based on our surroundings and backdrops. Focus on a word or two that describes the look you want while digging through your closet, ‘Timeless’, ‘Sassy, ‘Bold’ and pick out the clothing that speaks to you.

ACCESSORIZE — Seriously, accessories are key. They make a plain outfit look rad. They make your photos one of a kind. Consider hats, belts, shoes, a bow tie, vest, cowboy boots, crazy cool earrings, necklaces, scarves, sunglasses, big bracelets, hair flowers, gloves, items from your hobbies… bring it! Let’s play!

COLOR — Please bring a few pieces with vibrant color. Blues, Yellows, Greens, Reds…Color that pops make amazing photos! It could be an accessory, or a jacket, lipstick or a shirt. Bring a few pieces to add a splash of color for some vibrant images!

TEXTURE — Texture can come in so many forms… a large knit sweater, ruffles on a skirt, lacey stockings, polka dot rain boots… it simply adds an extra element. If you’ve got some texture, bring it.

SHOES!!! — To be perfectly honest, shoes are usually the thing that makes or breaks a session. Guys… THIS GOES FOR YOU TOO. Shoes can totally make your outfit. They pull everything together. Don’t skimp on the shoes! One pair is NOT enough… bring many pairs of shoes.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have a specific question about what to bring for your session attire. You can go to our Pinterest page for some visual ideas.

Do you offer digital files?

YES! Digital files are available.

Our custom prints 8x10 and larger or any framed portrait ordered include a high resolution digital file sized to 8x12".

Digital files may be purchased separately.

Our boutique studio specializes in helping you in get your images in a printed format so you can enjoy your images for years to come. Digital files are fragile and can be lost so easily in so many ways.

How long is your typical session?

Our regular photoraphy sessions are typically an hour long. We have a ton of fun capturing all your expressions and poses. We want your smile to stay fresh in your images, so we know that 60 minutes is about all our clients between the ages of 2 and 92 can handle.

How do I best prepare for my photo shoot?

Taking care of yourself in the week leading up to your photo shoot can make so much difference on how your photos turn out. Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your shoot and the day of too. This will make your skin very hydrated, fill in lines and wrinkles, under eye circles, and give you a healthy glow. Try to avoid drinking alcohol or eating salty foods that may cause bloat. Most importantly, get plenty of sleep the night before your session so you look and feel well rested.

Makeup should be simple but well executed for your session and should appear natural. When doing your own makeup, apply how you would wear it for an average day, but amp up it up a few notches. Apply makeup evenly. Choose light to medium eyeliners, eye shadows, and lipsticks that are only a shade or two darker than your skin tones. This brings your features out in a subtle manner without making it look like you’re wearing lots of makeup. Look for a high quality, oil free foundation and pigment rich shadows and blush. Avoid caking on heavy foundation, or wearing shiny eye shadows or lip gloss: too much shine is distracting on camera, looks wet, and can create unwanted glare.

LIPS – Lip color should be one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. Also, lip gloss is often effective in making the lips fuller but use sparingly so you don’t get glare!

EYES – Groom yourself or make an appointment to get your eyebrows waxed a couple of days in advance. Your eyes will appear more open and clean for makeup application with a fresh eyebrow grooming. Remember to help fill in your eyebrows with a brow product to define your arch.

POWDER – Have a loose or compact translucent powder with little to no color. Do not be afraid to use more powder than usual. A lot of setting powder is routinely used in fashion and beauty photography to reduce shimmer and make the skin look matte. Professional makeup artists will keep applying powder every 10–20 minutes of the shoot to prevent shiny skin. You should bring yours and apply extra powder regularly. Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer if you have any unwanted shine during your shoot.

All of these steps can be achieved with the proper makeup and tools. Most importantly, have fun and keep it about you!

Written by Guest Writer Shasta Hankins of Shasta Hankins Makeup in Spokane, Washington

When should you hire a make-up artist?

If you are concerned about looking your best for your session, I highly recommend you hire a professional. Shasta Hankins is Creative Catch Studio’s go to MUA gal because she works with you, talks you through how much makeup you usually wear, what colors and tones are suited best for your skin type and tone, and she builds upon your usual look to make it camera ready. Our key goal is to create a look that makes your features naturally stand out and lets your personality shine.