Your Photoshoot – What to Wear and Prepare

So, you’ve booked your shoot, but have no idea what to wear. Does this sound familiar? One of the questions I get asked the most (apart from ‘you want us to meet what time?!’) is ‘what on earth should we wear?’

I know how daunting it can be – I have taken thousands of photos but even I still get panicked when I’m going to be in front of the camera. So, I’ve done a bit of legwork and homework and put together some simple pointers to make prepping for your big fun shoot, a little easier:

Try co-ordinate colours, but don’t be too ‘matchy matchy’. Long gone are the days of blue jeans and white shirts for everyone. Rather, try pick a few colours and mix and match clothes to fit the theme. When in doubt, browse websites and Pinterest boards for inspiration.

Look at your home décor – if you are planning on printing and hanging the photos then try keep in line with the mood and style of your home.

Dress for the shoot location. If we are shooting at an outdoor location such as a garden or forest, then keep it casual and relaxed with jeans, shorts or dresses. Similarly, if we are shooting inside a formal location then jazz it up a notch – you don’t want to look out of place in your surroundings – so try pick outfits that work with where we are doing the shoot.

Try to keep a theme going. It’s quite off-putting when one person is wearing blue stripes and the other is wearing a floral print. Keep colours in the same theme and add pops of colour here and there with accessories such as hats or scarves.

Please avoid slogans, character clothes and brand names. These can all be pretty distracting and most photographers will end up editing out logos and brand names anyway!

Try and avoid all white, all black and overly neon/bright colours such as red of fuschia. Especially if you’re shooting in a garden environment – these bright colours can make you look as if you are floating and can appear quite aggressive in the images.

Be practical – we will be trying all sorts of poses on the day and you want the outfit you’re wearing to be relaxed and comfortable. If there are kids involved then avoid wearing short skits as you will be on the floor and running around with them which means the chances of an accidental ‘undie slip’ will be very high!

Lastly – keep in mind the season. I love shooting in the Cosmos over Easter time, which means the theme would be pinks, creams and blush tones. In Winter, navy blues and greys look lovely.

Other Tip and Tricks:

The best time to shoot an outdoor lifestyle session is 1-2 hours before sunset and after sunrise. This is when the lighting is perfectly soft and has that lovely golden glow.

Photo shoots can be tiring work, so make sure everyone is fed beforehand, babies are well rested and make sure to bring snacks and water to the location – especially for the littlies! (I am totally for a little bit of bribery on the day, as well!)

Bring along some toys or favourite games for the kids. They will get bored and antsy, and often the loveliest photos are taken when they are distracted doing something they enjoy, or playing.

Not all photos will be posed. For larger groups it is important to get the group and planned photos out the way, but most of the time I simply enjoy watching everyone interact in a relaxed and fun environment. It’s not all about looking at the camera and saying cheese. The more you relax and have fun, the better the outcome of the images. Most of all, relax and have fun! Nothing ever goes perfectly and all rules are made to be broken! See below for a few examples of some really great colour combinations and setups that have worked well for me in the past

 

Gina and Renzo’s Joint Birthday Party

Gina and Renzo recently celebrated their combined birthday party (3 and 1) on Mothers Day. Despite the icy air and constant rain the kids had an absolute blast playing on the jungle gyms, riding the pony and catching rain drops on their tongues. The adults (because as we know, wisdom comes with age ;)) celebrated indoors with cozy heaters and delicious food. The 3 Moreira siblings are just the sweetest – as are their friends! Thanks for inviting me to capture this special day Sally-Ann and Marco! Continue reading

Bailey Grey Pillay

Meet gorgeous 2.5 week old baby Bailey Grey Pillay. She is sister to the sweetest prettiest Dakota-Blue and daughter to Nicky and Darryl. Guys, there’s just something abut a little baby girl that gets me all melty, and I was so excited to try my handmade flower crowns on all the ladies! Thanks for inviting me into your home guys, and for letting me cuddle baby Bailey longer than I should have 😉  Continue reading

The Rehrl Family

I have totally lucked out with the families I got to meet and shoot in 2016 – and the Rehrl family was no exception. We met up at the Irene Dairy Farm and even though it was drizzling and grey and FULL of mud the shoot was such fun. Wendy and Louis are just awesome and their kids Nate and Layla are possibly the most photo-loving and happy children I have ever met. Thank you for such a fun afternoon and for making this so easy for me – it was awesome to meet you all 🙂  Continue reading

Moms and Babes – A Christmas Celebration

You can’t actually get more cute than this – 8 gorgeous moms and their little Christmas elves. This was probably the most fun shoot I have ever done – look how sweet these little Festive delights are. Thanks for the fun and bubbly, ladies.  Continue reading

The Sadler Family

Little Cameron is in Carters class at school and I was so excited when her mom Gill booked me for a shoot. She is the sweetest, quirkiest and most adventurous little girl and we had the best fun racing around as she explored the open veld and stopped to take in all the sights and smells. Thanks for a fun afternoon Gillian and Byron! Continue reading

Poonam and Preetesh – A Maternity Shoot

I met up with the Sewraj’s recently to snap pics of Poonam’s gorgeous baby belly. Poonam and Preetesh have no idea if they’re having a girl or a boy, so they still have a few months to wait to find out… a lot more patience than I have 🙂 Continue reading

Rafalski Family Shoot

I met up with Karolina, her husband Filip and their utterly adorable son Gabriel at their house in Carlsward. We strolled through the estate and managed to capture some really special moments in the beautiful park. This family just radiates beauty and warmth from every pore and it was such a privilege to be able to capture them and all the love that surrounds.  Continue reading