Lately, I have been photographing a few small preschools. Photographing kids has to be one of the most rewarding things I do. Some kids come in full of bounces and silliness--perfect for getting some fun smiles. Other children may come in with more reserved personalities. These kids give the best direct gazes. Whatever the personality, I can always count on kids to give me authentic expressions.
If you would like me to photograph your school in the Phoenix, Arizona area, click on the "contact" tab at the top and shoot me an email.
In the meantime, enjoy a few recent preschool portraits.
So, you have booked your portrait session and now are feeling stressed about picking your family's outfits.
Don't worry. I have a few tips that should help you out.
Let's start with the DO NOTs.
Please stay away from the following:
-Text on clothing or large distracting graphics.
-Too much dark clothing.
When everyone is wearing black, the subjects in the portrait turn into black blobs that melt into each other.
-Too much yellow and green.
Why? Because in Arizona the landscape already has a lot of yellow and green colors.
-Too much dark, heavy eye makeup.
While very dark eye makeup may look great in person, I always advise my clients away from it for photos. The heavy makeup can sometimes make the eye look like dark holes in the face, because the light is having a harder time reflecting off the eyes. If you tend to wear lots of eye makeup, try toning it down for a more natural look.
Here are some DOs:
- Light colors.
This is a personal preference, but I find that light blues, grays, pinks, beiges, etc. look beautiful in portraits and they all go well together!
- Choose Mom's outfit first.
Look at the color pallet of Mom's outfit and use those colors to base everyone else's outfits off of.
-Pick a color pallet.
See above. A pallet of 3-4 colors is ideal. Don't worry about being matchy-matchy. Variety in colors is always nice.
- Be YOU.
These are all suggestions based on my preferences and expertise. However, the purpose of a portrait is to capture the essence of you. So if you always wear bold colors and a mix of patterns then that's exactly what you should wear.