Tis the shopping season! While obviously now is the time to give to others, I can’t help myself from drooling over some of the awesome photo gear that is available right now. Do you have a photo-enthusiast in your life? Here are a few gifts I personally recommend to make their holidays a little brighter.
1. Weird but interesting: Little People in the City by Slinkachu, a London-based artist who places tiny hand-painted images of people on street corners, park benches, leaving them to “fend” for themselves until they are discovered by passersby.
2. The Photojojo Phone Lens Series. These cool little lenses attach to your phone via a little circular magnet. (I own these myself and love the fish-eye and macro!) Buy at this link and receive $5 off.
3. It looks like a regular purse, but No! it’s an Epiphanie camera bag. I have a different style in black and love how it both hides my precious equipment and compliments my outfit. (Men’s styles also available.)
4. I found these Rustic Refined frames on Etsy. They have a big selection of colors and sizes and most are made from wood scraps that were going to be burned. This size would be perfect for an Instagram print!
5. Personalized iPhone cases from TinyPrints. Use their pre-designed templates or create your own from scratch. Get your photo-enthusiast about this site and let them go wild with creativity.
What Should We Wear During Our Photoshoot?
Most mothers that purchase family portraits look to me for advice on what their families should wear during their session. Your wardrobe will come together easily with a few simple tips.
Since we’re offering our Fall Family Portrait special this year, we’ll use Autumn an example:
Compliment the Background
The Smith family has decided to have their pictures taken in their backyard which has lots of trees and grass that will be orange and red during the session. Since the Smiths want to showcase the gorgeous landscape as well as themselves, the colors and textures each person chooses to wear should compliment the background and not detract from it. Choose articles of clothing that have rich, warm tones and avoid busy prints and very thin stripes.
Do you need to match? Absolutely not! It is important that you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing and it’s even a plus to have each person’s outfit showcase a little bit of their unique personality.
Scheduling a session near your home comes with the added bonus of wardrobe changes. For most sessions Fresca allows up to three outfit swaps for a greater variety of portraits. And no matter where we shoot, accessory changes like sweaters & scarves is always an option!
The example above is of a family who made especially good use of color. The shoot took place in October, so they wore warm tones. If you look closely, you’ll also notice their son’s shirt pulls in orange from mom shirt and blue from dad’s.
Imagine the Product
It’s important to imagine your finished product. Are your photos going to be blown up and showcased in your foyer or are they going to be used for your holiday cards? It’s imperative to share this information with your photographer. If it’s a showcase piece you’re after, we can help you pick a wardrobe that compliments your existing decor. If it’s a yearly holiday card that you’re trying to design, we’ll choose outfit that fits in perfectly with the occasion.
A Final Tip
Always make sure the wardrobe selections are clean and ironed. While a little spit-up sometimes happens and can be edited out easily, removing wrinkles is an entirely different story! Unless you are looking for a worn-in look, make sure dresses and shirts are pressed. If necessary bring wrinkle releaser for touch-ups on site.
We’ve been getting quite a few questions lately about how we create some of our images, which is a huge compliment. (Thank you!) Going forward we’ll post regular blog behind-the-scenes entries.
Below is from an engagement session held this past weekend in Washington D.C. This image was shot on a bridge facing the water. Believe it or not, the image came out soft and dreamy straight out of the camera because we faced the sun, which added the pretty lens flare above and below Erin and Neil. The couple was intentionally kept slightly out of focus, a light rosy wash was added during post-processing, and we also cleaned up some stray hairs and added a little extra contrast.
If you’re looking for more photography tips, let us know as a comment or via email!