A great family portrait is a keepsake you will cherish for many years to come, and display with pride. To ensure the best results when going to a portrait sitting, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Avoid busy prints and flashy colors, the photo is supposed to feature the person, not the clothes. This isn’t a fashion shoot, if the clothing takes attention away from the wearer, it is not an asset.
- Long sleeves tend to help focus attention on to the wearers face, so are often a good choice.
- If you are overweight: darker clothing, and V or scoop necks have a slimming effect, so keep this in mind when selecting an outfit.
- Too thin? Few have this problem, but if you want to have a fuller look in your photographs, select light colors and high necklines.
- For group portraits: Coordinate everyone’s look. No you do not need to look like a 60′s family band, but everyone should be at the same level of dressy vs. casual, and be mindful of clashing colors. A nice way to coordinate the look, is to stick to neutrals, and accent with one or two colors. Bring a few flowers in the color, if someone doesn’t seem to be matching, the photographer can have them hold a few, this might help tie them into the photo better.
- Don’t overlook your lower half with the assumption that you will be doing head shots. You might be surprised to find a full length shot preferable.
I take a lot of photos of my daughter. I love catching her in the moment, and most of my favorite shots of her are ones I took. That being said, it is also nice to get a picture done in controlled conditions, so that you know you will have a nice printable shot to commemorate an occasion. I should get down to JCPenney and have a portrait done of my daughter and I together. I am always the one behind the camera, I don’t have any pictures of she and I together, since my daughter was a baby.
I put together a Pinterest board featuring some portrait shots I liked. Check it out for a few ideas.
For the month of April jcpportraits is running a $20 portrait promotion. The deal includes 6 traditional portrait sheets. You can mix and match size and images (many studios only let you pick one shot). They will also include one free sitting fee, which is usually $9, for those taking advantage of this promotion. If you are wondering if there is a jcportraits near you, there is a convenient zip code search right on the landing page for the promotion.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of jcpenney Portrait Studio. I was asked to create a Pinterest Board and pin at least five (5) pins. I give jcpenney the right to repin any or all images/original content from this board. I received a promotional item as a thanks for my participation.