You have taken the plunge and booked that outdoor, family portrait session of your dreams. You have your location chosen, have gotten all the kid's a fresh hair cut, and you haven't eaten a single carb since last Wednesday.... Two days before the big event, you sit up in bed with a jolt; What the hell should everybody wear!?
The most common question clients ask me just before their Family Portrait session is "What should we wear?" It's a source stress for many parents as they plan their sessions. You want everyone to look their best, but how do you pull everyone's looks together in a cohesive way? Never fear! I am here today to offer some basic dos & don'ts to help make your Family Portrait Session wardrobe-planning as stress free as possible.
DO! Stick to solid colours and timeless 'patterns', like stripes, plaid, & polka dots.
DON'T! Large logos, slogans, or 'ironic' t-shirts with any sort of amusing jokes/images on them. This is distracting in images. We want the viewer of the photo to be focused on how gorgeous you are as a family, not what your husband's t-shirt means.
DO! Dress to 'go together'. Similar, but not identical.
DON'T! NO MATCHY-MATCHY! The days of everyone wearing jeans and a matching white t-shirt are over (thank goodness!!) Whatever you do, no matter what your Mom insists, resist the temptation to show up in identical outfits.
DO! Throw in a couple of pops of bold colour and texture. A cozy, knitted scarf on Mom. Bright pink hair bow on Little Susie. Yellow sneakers on Little Johnny. It's amazing how much visual interest can be added to an image by just a few pops of colour.
DON'T! Dress everyone all in monotones. Greys, blacks, & dark blues, certainly have their place, but if *everyone* is dressed head-to-toe in monochromatic shades you're going to look a bit dull. This is where a 'pop of colour or texture' can really go a long, long way.
DO! Dress comfortably and practically. Likely your session is going to be outside, and there will be plenty of walking, & sitting on the ground. Be prepared to get a tiny bit dirty. Be prepared for the weather.
DON'T! Wear your most delicate silk dress & 6" stiletto heels. And certainly don't dress children in summer clothing if it's cold outside. A cold child, is a miserable child, and your images will reflect that.
DO! Wear something that makes you feel GREAT. I mean, really, really, super great! Now is an awesome time to splurge on those expensive jeans that made your butt look so good. If you genuinely *feel* great in what you are wearing, you are going to look great. It's as easy as that.
DON'T! Force your kids into an outfit that they absolutely hate. I'm telling you, if Little Johnny hates the button up shirt you fought with him for an hour over this morning, we are going to have a hard time getting him to cooperate at all during the session. Ask yourself, what is more important? The kiddos wearing clothing that maybe isn't quiiiiite their Sunday best, but their smiles are genuine and their eyes twinkle in each image? Or, they're in the clothing that you chose, but they refused to smile the entire day? Pick your battles!
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly! DO! Dress everyone to look like themselves. This session is meant to capture who you and your gorgeous family are. If your little one has a superhero cape that he or she has been insisting on wearing for the last 6 months straight, let him wear it. 20 years from now, you will look back at the photos and find it endearing. If your oldest daughter is a "jeans and t-shirt" sort of girl, let her wear a (nice) t-shirt, and jeans. BE YOURSELVES!! .... Just slightly polished up versions :)
This weekend's engagement session at Beaver Creek Provincial Park was so much fun. I had never been to this particular park before, and am so thankful to Matt & Becca for introducing me to it!
The three of us, and their exuberant dog Odin spent an hour together adventuring, exploring, and bonding over our mutual cravings for sushi. These two are outgoing, hilarious, and so down to earth-- my very favourite sort of wedding couple! Their big day isn't until September, but I am looking forward to it already.
In the mean time, I think I may need to plan a trip to Taki Sushi in Kelowna, where Matt swears the best-sushi-of-his-life can be found. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have been known to go to great lengths to get my hands (and mouth) on good sushi. Roadtrip, anyone?
I am excited to unveil a very special Spring event: Book a family portrait session between now and July 1st, and save! All Spring Family Sessions are priced at just $200. That's a $70 savings!
Wanderlust family portrait sessions are dynamic, and fun for the whole family!
- Additional members $25 per person.
- Locations outside of Castlegar, Rossland, or Trail subject to appropriate travel fee.
- Payment due in full at time of booking via e-transfer or PayPal. Transferable but Non-Refundable.
- Sessions must take place before July 1st., 2016.
Over the years I’ve shot for people I know well, and for people I don’t know at all. I’ve photographed the weddings of some of my closest & dearest friends, and I’ve shown up at a weddings having never once even *met* the bride and groom. What I have come to realize is that knowing a couple can make a real difference in how relaxed and comfortable everyone feels with each other on that all-important day, and also with the resulting wedding photographs themselves. I’ve learned that whenever possible, it’s best to KNOW the couple- their passions, how they met, what makes them laugh, what makes them tick.
That is why at the start of 2014 I decided to include Free Mini-Engagement Sessions with all my Wedding Packages. This 30-60 minute outdoor session not only gets you some bangin’ photographs to mark a super exciting time in your life (your engagement! hello!), but more importantly, it gives us the chance to get a feel for each other. Laugh, share insecurities, make an inappropriate joke, break the ice, be real. So that when I roll up on the morning of your wedding day, while the bride is in her underwear with her hair half done and one false-eyelash hanging off, we can laugh about it like two friends and keep on trucking.
Occasionally I get inquiries from folks who are in the early stages of wedding planning, and they are wondering if they can perhaps get a bit of a discount if they “waive the Engagement Session”. Or, could they maybe just “give the session to a Family member who just had a new baby”, etc etc? All understandable questions for a couple for doesn’t want/need/have time for a pre-wedding photo shoot! However, for the reasons listed above– because I find working together once before your big day SO beneficial to everyone involved, my answer to these understandable inquiries is no. No, I can’t give you a discount if you don’t want it. No, you can’t pass the session onto a friend or family member. No, you can’t trade the 1 hour engagement for an extra hour of wedding coverage. It’s just for you, and just for your engagement.
Your wedding day is one of the most intense, stressful, magical, beautiful, emotional, crazy, incredible days of your life, and your photographer is going to be within 20ft of you for 90% of it. Don’t you want to KNOW who your photographer is, as a human being? Don’t you want him/her/their team to know, really know, who YOU are?
Do the engagement session, folks! And if, for whatever reason, you just can’t do the engagement session, at least meet your photographer for a couple of drinks and appetizers* somewhere. Get to know them, and let them get to know you. It’ll show up in your Wedding Photos.
* Wanderlust Photography happily offers “drinks & appetizers” dates to all Wedding Clients. Hell– I’ll go on a drinks & appies date with just about anyone, anytime for that matter! Holla!
Sandi and Liam contacted me in August of last year to inquire about their August 2016 Nelson, BC Wedding; operating a full year ahead of schedule. You gotta respect a couple that is that ahead of the game! The summer quickly ended and turned into fall. Fall then turned into a very snowy winter. But, as soon as the snow melted, Sandi and I were emailing to set up a date for the Engagement Session. I was so excited to work with these two!
We decided to meet at Castlegar's historic 'Brilliant Suspension Bridge'. Despite having driven past it dozens of times, none of us had ever been, and it was a lot of fun checking it out together. We explored, did some rock climbing & off roading, and had a ton of laughs. I love making these sorts of memories with my clients!
Sandi and Liam were wonderful sports (thank you again for wearing practical footwear!) and such a breeze to work with. I can't wait for their big day later this year!
34-years-young, Tamara Boden is a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer out of the 'Kootenay' region of south-eastern British Columbia. She loves being right, going on adventures, snuggling her dogs, husband, & baby boy, roadtrips, indie/off-beat weddings, chubby babies and making people laugh. When not behind the camera or at her computer, you will find Tamara planning her next big trip, seeking out the perfect cup of coffee, and counting all of her infinite blessings. Thanks for stopping by!