Right so you are here, reading this, because you have a family shoot booked and you are thinking, wtf do we wear?
Perhaps a small percentage of you are here thinking, ‘Yay wardrobe styling, I love this part!’ Welcome to both sets of you.
Welcome my friends.
Let me make this simple. I want you to be YOU. This means, whatever you chose to wear MUST be something that you would wear outside of the shoot. Does this make sense? When you reflect back on these images, they must feel like you and ooze your personality and spirit. This is the most important thing I can share with you! The rest are semantics.
- No matchy-matchy. This died in the 90’s. So if there is a small, flicker of thought about jeans and white T-shirts, or everyone in the same colour. Jump, squash and trample all over that idea.
- Dad’s, no shorts. I know, I suck. I really do. But hairy legs (and I shoot low and get right up into that hair), just looks bad. Trust me here. Wear any other long trousers, chinos, jeans and even go barefoot if you like. I promise I will make it up to you.
- No big wording/branding on your clothes. Keep the shirts plain, checked, striped but no words. This mostly goes for younger boys and girls and teens.
- Avoid all in light tops/dark tops. Too light means we can see you from space, too dark means your skin tone looks drab. Mix it up people, mix it up!
Now here is the fun part, that you are welcomed to experiment with.
A colour palette (4 – 5 colours). Example One: Neutrals – creams, whites, browns and greys. Example Two: Pastels – Pinks, corals, yellows and mint green. Example Three: Colour Pop – Mostly everyone in greens, blues and whites with a colour pop of someone in orange or yellow. You get the flow.
Textures. These are SO underrated. Knitted sweaters photograph amazingly! As do lace, denim, chiffon, leather etc. Texture adds a whole new dimension to a photo shoot. They add interest, emotion, feeling and depth. It can also be subtle like a velvet alice-band on your little girl or some sequinned sneakers for yourself. Textures in Winter are a breeze, in Summer you have to work a little to get the look. Go on, have some fun!
Accessorise. Add those drop gemstone earrings, or that bow tie. Wear a long twirly dress, grab straw sun hat or flash the tatts (tattoo’s ahem). Us South African’s can be a little cookie cutter at times, so break the mould and bring some sass.
* Side-note. If you do consider yourself plain or regular, then we will celebrate you through that regular-ness. There is beauty in EVERYTHING and I want you to feel welcomed in whatever form, shade or shape. I mean that *
Bring a blanket. Sometimes the grass is wet and sometimes you just don’t wanna sit on the ground in your clothes. If possible please bring a neutral or green blanket. I always do my best to hide it underneath you.
If you don’t have neutral/brown/cream/green then just bring what you have.
Ice-breaker games/toys for kids or teens
You have come to me because I shoot naturally, spontaneously and cheerfully and avoid the cheese. So these items will either help us to get in the mood, create an area of interest or introduce something to laugh about! Bunnies, bubbles, balls or books. Anything that does not start with the letter B is also accepted ;)
Snacks + a drink for the little ones
Kids get EXHAUSTED on shoots, I don’t know what it is but a few blueberries, smarties, nuts, banana slices etc really help these tiny people to refuel and find their personality again. Something bite size and quick to nibble is ideal. If you would like to bring champagne, coffees, croissants or doughnuts and have a picnic go for it!
Delta Park and Green Open Spaces
- Avoid too many blues. Blue can come across very cold against the green backdrop. Consider brighter and warmer colours
- Casual footwear, be playful with gorgeous sandals or wellies in Winter. Stay away from high heels and formal shoes.
Soft textures work well, barefoot and jeans and loose clothing. Lighter colours work well here and add small pops of accessories. You can also glam it up and go chic at home, provided your feet are casual.
Long boots, short dresses, jackets and hats. You can be as playful, as city slicker or as chic as you like.
Literally anything goes
I hope this has helped and not hindered. Anything you want to run by me please shout, by dropping me an e-mail < here.