Preparing for your Family Session

So, we have a family session coming up, and now all you have to figure out is what to wear. This can be a bit stressful sometimes. You wonder things like: Should we match? Should we bother to wear shoes? What if the kids absolutely hate everything I pick out? Well, I hope these tips below will help you cross out some of those burning questions, so that our session together can be stressless and (wait for it…) FUN! So, let’s begin with #1 since that’s the first number and it would be weird to count down from 3! Haha!

Whitney Sims Photography is a wedding and family photographer on the gulf coast of Florida. She specializes in wedding, family, engagement, and portrait photography

1. Let’s dive a little bit into MATCHING. To some, this might seem like a no-brainer. We should match, right? I mean, we want to look like a family and not a bunch strangers thrown together, right again? Well, yes and no. Matching can be tricky, and not as easy as it sounds. Wearing the same shirt, whether it is the same color or pattern, is something I would advise against. We want everyone to look cohesive and not like everyone is blending together. So, then how do we make this work? Matching a color, for example, would be if “mom” has a beige dress to go with “dad”‘s beige pants. If “dad” is wearing a beige shirt, I would suggest “mom” to wear a shade lighter (we will dive more into colors later).
The same goes for patterns. Floral patterns don’t go well together if everyone is wearing the same floral (or other pattern) shirt. I would suggest in this circumstance, that if “mom” were to be wearing a floral skirt, then “dad” or “child(ren)” should match a color within the floral pattern.
The only case where I would let matching exactly pass, would be for smaller children.. because, let’s face it, those little buggers look adorable wearing the same thing, any day of the week.

2. Let’s move along and get into COLORS. If you are visiting our beautiful beaches here on the gulf coast, or if you live here, and we have a beautiful pastel beach backdrop happening around sunset, so I would stick to neutral or lighter colors. If you go to darker shades, I would suggest on keeping it minimal. Destin or Navarre Beach (or wherever our scheduled shoot is) has light and pastel colored environment, so we have to keep that in mind when we pick our outfits. If you are feeling like neutral is not expressive enough, do not be afraid to accessorize!

Whitney Sims Photography is a wedding and family photographer on the gulf coast of Florida. She specializes in wedding, family, engagement, and portrait photography

3. Our lovable bundles of joy that we brought into this world – our children! I have two small girls: Isla, who is 3 and a half, and Stella, who is one. Oh man, do they give me a hard time when I just TRY to get them in for a picture! Maybe because I am a photographer could be the reason for the struggle? I don’t know… I do know that in order to keep our little angels to be on their best behavior (not for me, but just this one time so mommy can mount our family photo on the living room wall), we have to use bribery. I know, it sounds criminal, but it works! Bring a few goodies or snacks to keep our little one’s happy.
I don’t want to say all, but a lot of children would rather be anywhere else on the beach, but smiling at the strange lady holding a camera and speaking like Minnie Mouse – or sadly attempting to!

Whitney Sims Photography is a wedding and family photographer on the gulf coast of Florida. She specializes in wedding, family, engagement, and portrait photography

Well folks, those are my top 3 tips on preparing for your family session. If you already have a family session scheduled with me, you will be receiving a 48 page style guide magazine with more elaborate tips and tricks for preparing for your session.
If you are looking into booking a family session with me, please head over to http://whitneysimsphotography.com and fill out the contact form.
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I service these gulf coast areas: Navarre Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa, Pensacola Beach, 30A, and Milton, Florida

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Whitney Sims Photography is a wedding and family photographer on the gulf coast of Florida. She specializes in wedding, family, engagement, and portrait photography

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