What to Wear - Family edition

Family photos are so important. Kids grow up fast and years fly by so quickly. Life is busy with soccer, piano, ballet, school, and it's hard to find time to coordinate the kids and find time to get professional family photos done. But these portraits are so important to capture this time in your life and something to treasure and look back on. So now that you've managed to find the time to book your photo shoot here are some tips to help simplify the toughest part; what to wear!
1. Coordinating colors doesn't mean matching - Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme.
2. Plan Ahead - You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.
3. Textures are your friend - I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
4. Avoid all white or all black clothing - If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost. You don't have to go bold or bright but try to have some color.
5. Say no to characters - Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.
6. Look at your home - Is it filled with bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.
8. Think of Location - Is there somewhere of significance to your family? A favorite ice cream shop everyone loves on a summer's day? Let you photographer know, we can try and incorporate this special location.
7. Keep it Classy - These photos will be hanging on your walls for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.

What to Wear

It's engagement season! The grass is green, buds are beginning to show up on trees and the sun is shining long enough to get outside and capture some really beautiful engagement photos. Photos for your save the dates, invites, signing album or just as a record of this special time before your big day. The most common question we get is "What do I wear?" and most of the time this is coming from the bride to be. Here are a few pointers to help you and your partner look effortlessly perfect in your photos...

1) Try to coordinate. No need to be all matchy-matchy but subtle color coordination can make you both look effortlessly in sync. No need to look like twins, but if you both dress within the same color family it can make such a big difference and makes it much easier to find light that flatters both of you.





2) Keep your surroundings in mind. If you're planning to have an epic backdrop of mountains, or walking along the beach; then it may be best to keep your outfits simple. Still try to have some coordination but no need to go over the top.




3) Feel free to include fluffy friends! Coordinate with us ahead of time and make an opportunity to include your whole little family.



4) Embrace your style. Use your engagement shoot as an excuse to go shopping and get that cute pair of heels you've been eying, or bling out with some cute new jewellery.



5) Be practical! If you're planning an outdoor shoot make sure you're aware of the weather so you're not freezing to death or having to cut your shoot short because you're too cold. No need to get sick the week while busy planning the big day. Bundle up if need be, wear layers, and always bring some extra clothes so you can easily adapt. It doesn't hurt to keep this in mind with shoes as well, if you're doing a shoot in the middle of the mountains, maybe bring some walking shoes as well, instead of relying purely on your heels.



6) Don't be afraid to mix it up. If we have time, we can usually do two outfits/looks. This way you can have some diversity and show off your personalities more. Show your outdoorsy/romantic side as well as your urban/outgoing side.



7) Add props. This can give some direction to the shoot, add a bit of a theme, and make your photos unique. If it's rainy the day of your shoot, add a fun umbrella and go with it! Have a beautiful car you're in love with? Let's use it!




8) Don't be afraid to take the spotlight. If your man opts for neutrals, go ahead and slip into a bit of color. The contrast will look great on camera.


Behind the Scenes

Such a great creative collaboration! Nancy Goemans of Montana Creative on set styling, florist Janelle of Flowers by Janie, and the Perry Thompson Photography team all working together! Can't wait to share some of the final photos but in the meantime here's a little bit of a behind the scenes.  



Album In!

Yay! Album in! This is one thing that I think sets us apart. Metallic, thick pages, and leather bound with acrylic cover. When the wedding is over and all is said and done, this is one of the tangible things you have from the most important day of your life. That's why we take pride in making more than an album. It becomes a family heirloom.