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Alrighty then, it’s almost picture time! You’ve picked your portrait session date; we’ve talked about the schedule, where to meet, and brainstormed photo concepts. There’s a lot going on, and I’m sure you’re thinking, “I’m excited, a little nervous, and OMG, WHAT DO I WEAR FOR MY PORTRAITS!?!??!”

As we reflect on all our memories, it’s hard to recall ones that doesn’t include our families or our parents together. There’s something special about looking back on family portraits over the years past. Family & Couples photos are a moment saved in time that will be cherished forever. So, when it comes to what to wear for picture day make sure you plan ahead.

I know your portraits are important to you, and I aim to make your session as seamless and carefree as possible. To help, I’ve built a quick guide for what to wear, so you can look and feel your best for your couples or family portraits.

 

What to wear for a family sessionPeter & Julia with ClarkFamily Portrait of Burn's Family what to wear for a family portrait session.

Coordinate colors or color tones

The colors in your and your family’s and/or partner’s outfits can really pull a portrait session together. You want to coordinate; not exactly match. Though it may sound adorable to buy matching outfits for your portrait session, these can end up looking a little quirky in the photos. Instead, try to choose colors that complement each other, like light blue and soft pink, or colors in the same family, like two shades of blue. If there’s an outfit that you really want to wear, be sure to communicate that with your family and/or partner so they can choose the right coordinating look, and vice versa. You can try the outfits on together or lay them out beside each other to see if they look good together.

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The best way to save some headaches when planning portrait session outfits with your partner and/or family is to avoid any bold patterns or prints. Stick to solid colors and basics as best you can; if you want to make up for the simplicity elsewhere, you can add some accessories. Plaids and other subtle patterns can work for one of you, but the other person should wear a solid color or go with plaid everywhere. The best way to get away with a bold print is to wear a dress! This can make things a bit easier in Spring photos, when many dresses feature floral prints and bright colors. A similar or the same floral dress on the females in the family paired with a solid outfit on the males will look beautiful in outdoor shots. Just be careful with any patterns because you don’t want a busy outfit to be distracting.

When in doubt, go neutral

You can never go wrong with neutral colors. If you’re struggling to find coordinating color tones, one (or both) of you can always opt for neutral tones. These include shades of black, white, gray, cream, and ivory. Earthy tones are also considered neutral, so colors like navy and olive green are great, too. Neutrals are also a great way to ensure that attention goes directly to your and your family’s beautiful faces — not to what you are wearing.

Comfort is still key

No matter how coordinated you get, both you, your partner and/or family should feel as comfortable as possible. It’s your day to shine in the spotlight, so neither of you want to be thinking about how uncomfortable you are the entire time. In the end, that will make the photos look less authentic. Dress for confidence and show off your personalities through your clothing. When you feel great, your pictures will look great.

Seasonal Styles for the couples and/or Family

Styling Tips For The Holidays:

  • The cooler weather of the winter season allows for some great accessories for your family photos. Think scarves, beanies and coats!
  • Sweaters are very appealing clothing options for holiday family photos. Have the boys wear collared shirts with a sweater over while the girls wear matching cable knits.
  • For a cute holiday twist wear matching pajamas in some of the shots.
  • Add a pop of color to your outfit with a bright red lipstick perfect for the holidays.

Holiday Color Schemes:

  • Navy and Crimson
  • Glitter and White
  • Crimson, Tan, Denim
  • Red, Grey, Black

Styling Tips For Spring:

  • A great pattern for springtime is floral. Select statement pieces featuring your favorite florals.
  • Cheerful hues will really make your springtime family portraits pop.
  • Bows in the little ones’ hair are the perfect springtime accessory and a great way to get their hair out of their eyes.
  • If you’re taking family portraits in the warmer months take advantage of the weather and pick out skirts as well as dresses.

Spring Color Schemes:

  • Blush and Teal
  • Blush and White
  • Light Blue, Tan, White
  • Navy, Yellow, White

Styling Tips For Summer:

  • Select more cheerful colors for your summertime portraits.
  • Take advantage of light cotton, pretty sheers and lace. Light and breezy outfits are also great for the summer heat.
  • Gingham patterns for the boys and summer dresses for the girls.
  • Don’t feel the need to be too formal during your summer photo session. Try slipping on your sandals and frolicking on the beach. You’re sure to get some candid shots!

Summer Color Schemes:

  • Tan and White
  • Orange and Teal
  • Light Blue, Tan, White
  • Blue, Green, Yellow

 

 

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Corporate Headshots and how to prepare. https://www.barndoorstudio.ca/blog/2021/10/corporate-headshots-and-how-to-prepare How to prepare for your Corporate Headshot

A Corporate Headshot has one main goal and that is to a convey professionalism. This is often accomplished through the specific posing, setting, facial expression, and clothing.   But remember you need to feel comfortable in your look it will show if you don't.
Follow these tips for your business headshot and you will be one step to success.

Contrast with Your Skin Tone

As a general rule, professional portraits look best when your skin tone, your clothing and your backdrop all contrast. When choosing what colors to wear, make sure the color is significant
ly darker or lighter than your skin tone so you don’t look nude from afar. If possible to create a great monochromatic headshot as well, but make sure you let your photographer know beforehand so we can advise you on your best options.

An example of a awesome choice of colours for a white background.Corporate HeadshotAn example of a awesome choice of colours for a white background.

Coordinate to the background 

Find out what your background will be before you pick your clothing. Is the background is white or light? Consider medium to dark colors and tones for more contrast. If the background is black or very dark, you can wear light or vivid colors. I usually recommend against white clothing because the eye is drawn to the lightest thing in the photo. We photograph using both black and white backgrounds in our 30 minute session but can accommodate other colors.

Wardrobe for Men

  • Shirts - Avoiding a plain white shirt works best but try to stay away shirts with patterns or strips solid colours only. 
  • Suit/Jackets - As for the suit or jacket dark greys, black, navy blue and very subtle pinstripe are fine but stay away from gridlines patterns as they tend to stand out on camera.  Think classic and choose a well-fitting suit that doesn’t bunch up when you button up or when you sit down. 
  • Ties - Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt– so a light shirt, a dark s
    uit, and a tie in a shade somewhere between them. Some ties are too shiny– try to stay away from really reflective, shiny, silk ties.  Subtle patterns are ok but no bold patterns; solid colours are fine, if it works well with the shirt and suit.  A sample of a great choice in shirt and tie for a Corporate HeadshotPeter Roger Corporate HeadshotA sample of a great choice in shirt and tie for a Corporate Headshot
     
  • Casual - If you don’t wear a tie, again no white shirts especially if your company has chos
    en a white background. And if you wear a button-down shirt, it’s best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker color shirt or something with pockets or details to avoid it looking like a head floating on a blank, boxy shirt, and unbutton a button or two. And make sure we can’t see your undershirt beneath the button-down shirt: wear a v-neck or no undershirt at all.
  • Try to stay away from anything with bold, distracting patterns or colors. Clothing with really tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can have a moiré pattern effect on camera, so stay away from tight grid-like patterns.
    Thin stripes that are a little further apart are okay

Wardrobe for Women

  • Business Jacket
    or Blazer - Think about the fit and color of the jacket such as medium to dark tones like medium to dark grey, blue or navy. Red jackets photograph well. Stay away from white. Black jackets can work, but make sure you bring some other lighter options. Add a little pop of color by picking a collarless blouse or camisole with a jewel or crew neck. Try some options other than white on the blouse. Colors that work well are medium grey or medium colors like blue, red and even non-traditional colors like jewel tones.  Stay away from big patterns that can distract.  Think a clean professional look.
  • Shirt or Blouse Only - If you are shooting on a white or light background, think contrast, try a bold, dark colours.  Stay away from white or light colors. Consider jewel tones like emerald or sapphire blue. Purple, green, red or orange can work well too. If you want something more neutral, a medium to dark grey can work.  Try to stay away from patterns and strips.   Consider texture if you want something besides a solid consider texture.
  • Neckline and collars - A classic headshot is cropped at or above the sternum. Draped collars look great in person but may be too low for the headshot.  A v-neck, scoop or lower neckline, work well in a slightly wider crop or vertical photo. Watch the lower neckline it may end up cropped out of the photo. Square ne An example of a classic blazer with a textured shirt the correct colour  with a necklace and earrings..  This works great with her chosen background and her profession.Paula Greene HeadshotAn example of a classic blazer with a textured shirt the correct colour with a necklace and earrings.. This works great with her chosen background and her profession.
    cklines tend to be too deep.
  • DressesIf wearing a dress with a bold color or fabric texture Heavier fabrics than a standard blouse or shirt look very nice. If it is appropriate for your business and audience, a sleeveless dress that shows shoulders can look vibrant. Some businesses prefer that arms and shoulders do not show. Make sure to check with your company before

 

  • Jewelry - Necklace and earrings can be great as an accent or splash of color. In a headshot, anything that goes below your sternum may be cropped out of the final shot. Consider clipping the necklace behind your neck to shorten it. Doubling your necklace is another good strategy.  Often, less is more on jewelry. Simplicity looks classic and stunning. But here again, stay with your personality and consider your audience. For earrings a lot depends on your hair style as to whether they will even show. Simple studs or pearls look great with short hair. Longer earrings can work well too. 

 

Makeup

  • Natural Look

For headshots, you want natural-look makeup. “Light” makeup is suitable as long as it is natural and evenly applied. It is more important to aim for a natural look than “light.” Although both can be accomplished simultaneously, it is important to prevent an uneven application. To avoid this, use a minimum amount that ensures uniformity. Also, don’t be afraid to apply setting powder, more than when you are making up for in-person activities, say, going to a workplace or a party. What you need is even coverage combined with natural look finish.

Always a good start is clean and healthy skin, well moisturized. Use primer where appropriate.

  • Color of foundation

Match the color of the foundation to the natural color of your skin in neck/chest area. Some people (especially with fair skin) often choose a shade darker than the skin tone, and that is fine for social events. However, in photography, always match your foundation color to the rest of your skin. If you prefer to alter the skin tone in your photograph, the whole skin color can be adjusted darker or warmer to make it look most attractive during editing.

The best type of foundation is the liquid type. For headshots, oil-free (water or alcohol based) is best. In particular, oil-free matte finish foundation is most common for headshots, but some find it a bit difficult to apply, as they dry quickly, and it also makes a caky look if applied too thickly. Avoid “sheer look” (or glowy or dewy) type as they give excessive shine in the pictures. (Those latter type of makeup is popular for party makeup, as some like the way they look in person, and they last for many hours, especially the ones that are silicone-based. Very few makeup artists who are familiar with photo shoots use those, at least for commercial work in the US.) Powder or compact foundation doesn’t provide the right level of coverage for photo shoots.

  • Lips

The color of the lips should be one notch darker than the best look in person. The lips should be shifted in the direction of darker red. Also, lip gloss is often used in making the lips fuller.

  • Eyes

Wax your eyebrows a couple of days in advance. Trying to reshape the brows through retouching process is possible, but costs more time and money than getting them waxed in real life.

Fill in your brows, especially if you are not going for a retouching option. Make sure your eyebrows are clear and dark enough when viewed in soft natural window light.

Mascara is also appropriate for headshots. Darker color works better for mascara, so black is usually the best choice, even if you usually use brown.

For natural look headshots like actress audition or corporate bio, there is no need to use heavy eye makeup at all. But if you are going for more styled photographs, the eye accents should be one notch darker or vibrant.

You can wear false lashes for most types of work other than the actor’s headshot. In photographs, the lashes do not look as long and drastic as you see in the mirror.

Keep this in mind: the photographic lighting biases your face color to the lighter side, and eyes are where you get the most attention.

  • Blush

Use blush in one small notch darker than the best look in person. However, please make sure to make a few well-diffused applications in small quantities. The first time should be applied and spread in a wide circle, and the second and third in progressively smaller areas. This is to make sure that the edges of the blush are gradual and not abrupt. You can always add more, but once you apply too much, it is tough to blur the edge or remove some.        

  • Powder

Don’t be afraid to use a lot more powder than usual. A lot of setting or finishing powder is routinely used in fashion and beauty photography to reduce shimmer and make the skin look matte. You will realize that a professional makeup artist will keep applying powder every 10–20 minutes of the shoot to prevent shiny skin. You should bring yours and apply extra powder regularly. However, if you are taking a corporate or professional headshot, you probably want to use the next technique to control the shiny skin instead.

For party makeup, shimmer can look great, but for photography, use a matte finish.

  • Oily skin

The best way to control oily skin is a blotter sheet (available in the studio). If this is not enough, mattifying gel (cream) is easy to apply and works well with the skin of all types and colors (also available in the studio).

A more traditional recommendation is colorless translucent powder, mattifying mineral finish powder (also available in the studio), which works well for light skin, but not on darker skin. For fashion and beauty shots, a lot of powder is used, but for clean, natural look makeup, you want to use powder to adjust the look and not to control the shine.

 

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Tips: Help your Photographer get Amazing Wedding Pictures https://www.barndoorstudio.ca/blog/2020/12/Wedding_photography_tips He swooped in for the kiss and the veil flowed in the wind.The KissWedding Photography by bARNDOOR STUDIO.ca in Windsor, NS Canada. Image of this beautiful couple taken at King-Edgehill Baptist Church. As a Wedding Photographer, for many years, the one thing that I have learned is that, all those amazing, outstanding and creative images have one thing in common.  The photographer, the bride and the groom work together as a team.  The bride and groom listen to me, their photographer, because they know they are paying for my expertise to get those amazing, outstanding and creative images.  So,  I have written a booklet that give many of the observations and tips I have learned over the past 30 + years.   I share this booklet with my clients when we meet for the first time.

Here are a few tips from that booklet ‘Tips – Help your photographer get Amazing Wedding Pictures’.  Call me to book a meeting to discuss your wedding and receive your free book with lots of tips.

Schedule plenty of time for wedding formals:

This is one of the most important tips other then hiring a professional.  Slow down its not a race.  The more time you allow for your photographs, the more I can get creative, help you to relax, and get some great shots. The best photos I’ve created came from brides and grooms that allowed a good amount of time for photographs.

Select portrait locations that mean something:

I love portraits in the park with all the pretty flowers but that’s not the only option. If there is a special place nearby…consider using it instead. Was your first kiss in front of your high school? We could shoot there. Do you have a favorite local hang out? See if the owners would mind a 20-30 minute session the day of your wedding.  Don’t discount the location that is not pretty, like an underpass with graffiti it can make a great backdrop for the bride. Just don’t be afraid to do something different. There are cool backdrops almost everywhere.

Plan for the weather:

Most of my weddings take place in Nova Scotia.  I wish I could promise you blue skies and sunshine but unfortunately for all of us we could have a blizzard in May.  Make sure you have a backup location in mind. There are many indoor locations that you can use but almost all require advance notice and some have a fee.  Believe me when I say this is a small price for not having to worry or scrambling to find umbrellas.  But if you do need to bring those umbrellas, coordinated the umbrellas for the pictures.

Relax:

Speaking of looking good, a bride always looks best without the deer-in-the-headlights-look. Take a deep breath. Laugh. Do whatever it takes to feel beautiful. You’ve hired a trusted photographer, right? Trust me and own that pose

Arriving at the ceremony:

  • As you pull up in the bridal car wind your window down, that way I can have a good unobstructed shot into the car without having to deal with the window reflection.
  • Don’t be too quick to get out, wait for me  – It might be “old school” but a photo of your dad (or whoever for that matter) assisting you out of the car makes for a great shot.
  • Breath!!

 Ceremony:

  • Take your time down the isle, give me lots of opportunity that great shot.
  • Rings, now girls I know you have been practicing this and can get a ring on a man’s finger in .3 seconds flat – Well done! I can’t however shoot that fast so give me a moment why don’t cha… take your time
  • Both of you: A long soft kiss looks much better on camera than the “passionate bedroom explorer”, give each other a big slow hug after, it makes for a great shot especially if you can see the smiles of your guests in the photo too

Formals:

  • Give me at least 20 to 30 minutes to get the formal pictures.
  • Assign a Brides maid or Maid of Honour to keep a close eye on your dress and makeup.  I am looking through the small screen of the camera so this helps insure that you are always as beautiful as when you started.
  • You have probably spent hours looking for a great photographer, let me be great! Give me at least 60 minutes with the two of you, none of us like to keep our guests waiting but this is something you do once.  The day goes by so fast and you will be asking did we really just get married the next day.  You proof is in the pictures to hand down to your children and your grandchildren.
  • HAVE FUN!!! If you guys have fun with each other the photos of the two will be fabulous!! There are very few pictures when we are smiling and having a good time that don’t look great.

Reception:

  • First Dance, Cake Cutting, Garter and Bouquet: Make sure you inform me in advance! I like to set up a few lights to create mood and give you the best shots for each moment this only takes a minute, telling me 30 seconds before it’s about to happen is not particularly useful.
  • First Dance: Dance the whole song through before inviting your family, give me as much time to get great photos as possible. Check with the DJ that he will do this, its usually the DJ that invites everyone else on 30 seconds into the dance – I make a point of letting them know that the whole song should run it’s course with just the two of you.
  • Don’t put the photographers table in another room, I need to see what’s going and I am always looking for a great shot I can’t do that from the back room.
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Passport Photos done right. https://www.barndoorstudio.ca/blog/2018/10/passport-photos-done-right Passports photos don’t have to be the worst picture you ever have taken.  You don’t have to have a picture on your next passport that you hate showing for the next 5 years or more.   With only one pose to use and no smile to give that picture some sparkle let me give you some tips on what to wear and more.

Frame the face.  So choose clothes that so just that.  A v-neck, rounded, or collars work well to help to do that turtle necks do not. Like my portrait tips on what to wear passport photo tips are no different so stick to no strips or patterns.  Dark or neutral colours work well but you can add a scarf to help add a little colour to or your passport photo.

As for the woman out there, what to do with your hair?  Up or down?  Down.  Bringing your hair down help with the basic rule of framing your face.  But if you are a man with long hair please tie it back.

As for jewelry nothing too overly big but nice small simple pieces can add a nice touch.

Make up should be a slight and I mean slight heaver then daytime makeup but not as heavy as nighttime makeup. Colour on your lips can really make a difference in pictures so at the very least try some colour there.

For the men out there please the lip colour is not necessary 😉

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