First, take a deep breath and know that we are working with a pro!
Mark Gormus loves taking outdoor photos and has spent some time this week checking out our photoshoot location (on and around the SMCS playground). Keep in mind that a beautiful location and good light are key to a nice photo. The weather forecast for this Sunday, Oct. 18, looks great and there is enough shade and gorgeous fall colors in the areas we have selected to ensure you and your family will have several stunning backdrops to choose from!
When you arrive, Mark will direct you through a few natural groupings and poses with your family. The idea is to capture you interacting with one another and to avoid static poses. You can expect to receive 3-6 fully edited photos that represent the best of your mini-session. We will deliver them to you in digital format and you will have full usage rights to create holiday cards, social media posts, etc.
Now for the style tips:
- Decide whether you want to be casual or more formal. Do what suits your family’s personal style. Matching PJ’s? Fine! Elevated casual-wear? That works too! Church clothes or school uniforms. Yes! There is no right answer here. It all depends on personal preference.
- OK, you’ve chosen your style. Now it is time to build some outfits! It may be easier to begin building your family’s outfits by picking one child’s outfit first and then style everyone to coordinate based on the color palette of the first outfit. Layering can be very helpful to achieve a harmonious palette across all family members.
- Notice I said “coordinate,” not “match.” Choose outfits in the same color family–think naturals, earth tones, jewel tones, shades of blue, etc. Stay away from too many patterns that may detract from your faces.
- Don’t forget to match the shoes (or decide to be barefoot if that is how you roll!). Accessories matter, so make sure shoes, hair bows and jewelry are on point with your color theme or keep it minimal and forego accessories if you are going for a more natural, everyday look.
- Still feeling a little lost? Check out these photos for a little inspiration!