What should we wear? It’s the most commonly asked question. We suggest dressing in complimentary or monochromatic colors with lots of texture, layers and, accessories. If you are not sure what will look best, bring a couple of outfits. Casual and comfortable clothing photographs well but avoid logos and writing on shirts. If you are looking for more formal portraits, then more sophisticated outfits will complement your style. Visit our Photo Gallery
for ideas on wardrobe and great color combinations. Don’t miss our blog on What (not) To Wear.
Shoes complete your outfit so step it up a little. Make a statement with your footwear with new clean runners, brightly coloured shoestrings, fashion boots or funky shoes. If you want to keep footwear subtle yet stylish, wear dark leather shoes and dark socks. Going barefoot is fun for kids but most dad’s aren’t into showing off their twinkle toes. Everyone should be with or without shoes. IMPORTANT: The photography studio floor is white so street shoes are not allowed in this space. Please bring clean footwear to change into before your photo session.
Monochromatic colour schemes are easiest to coordinate by using shades within one or two colours. (i.e. grey and blue tones) Bright primary colours (red, royal blue, orange) are fun and bring energy to your portraits. Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes anchor a portrait. Consider the balance of the colours within the photo. For example, kids in brighter colors and prints and parents in solid and more muted tones will create good balance composition. Whereas, if everyone is in jeans and grey sweaters and Dad is in a bright Christmas sweater, he will be the focal point of the portrait. Make your outfits visually interesting. Avoid too much solid white or solid black and always incorporate accessories and texture. Our blog on What (not) To Wear
has great tips and examples.
Props bring out your child’s personality and are great conversation starters. Some of the best props are hats, bow ties, teddy bears, favourite “blankies”, musical instruments, sports equipment, skateboards, dance costumes and toys. We are up for almost anything. If in doubt, give us a call.
We suggest doing your make-up as you would be any special occasion. However, avoid eye shadow or blush with glitter or sparkle. Matt finish make-up is always best. Don’t forget to bring your hairbrush and styling products. Don’t hesitate in asking your photographer to give you a quick break in the action to smooth hair and touch up make-up.
If you are considering wall art, first decide where you will hang the portrait. Measure the area and consider what format will suit the space – horizontal or vertical, square or landscape, a single image or a collection photos? Take a snapshot of your wall and show us the space you are decorating. If you are giving prints to family and friends, it is helpful to make a list of the sizes each would prefer.
Parents often express that it is difficult to view their images with their children at the preview appointment. For your convenience, we suggest making your viewing appointment for a time when you can come without your little ones.
We understand, however, that this is not always possible. Our viewing room is comfortable and much like a living room and we do have toys for wee ones to play with.
The best way to create continuity in a family or group photo is to dress in the same style and colour combination – monochromatic (shades within one or two colours) complementary palates (blue/green), contrasting or primary colours, are all great options. This takes a little planning, but the results or worth it. If you are organizing a large group, decide on wardrobe style and colour scheme and ask everyone to visit our website and review our tips for colours, footwear, hair and makeup.
Maternity photos are the perfect images for your baby’s photo album. In addition to your individual portrait, you may want to include images of you with your partner and your children. The best time for a maternity photo session is between 5-8 months of your pregnancy. Solid colours and pastel tones are best. Visit our Maternity Gallery
for examples of props and outfit styles.
The most precious images show the intimacy between parent and newborn so if possible, come prepared to be in a few of the photos. Just prior to your session we will allow time to feed and undress your newborn. Hopefully he or she will fall asleep so that we can capture some “lullaby” moments. We have blankets and a few props and ask you to bring your own diaper covers, hats, hair accessories and/or other props. Newborn photo sessions are somewhat unpredictable but rest assured that our photographers are highly experienced with newborns and gently work with you and your baby.
The best time to have your baby’s picture taken is when he or she is sitting up. At this age he/she is full of smiles and giggles. Bring your latest outfits and don’t forget your baby’s favorite blankets, and toys. Hats and hair bands are great accessories and add character to close-up poses.
Toddlers love to play! This is the time to capture your toddler in action; crawling, walking and running! Candid shots tell great stories so bring toys, books and hats to complete the picture. If your toddler is a shutterbug you may even have time to do a wardrobe change but be ready to follow his/her lead.
We love to include your pets. After all, they really are members of the family. Please have them groomed, walked and ready for their photo session. It is always wise to bring treats and toys to encourage them with. Please let us know if you will be bringing your pet we will try to schedule your sessions at the end of the day so that we don’t have to worry about those with allergies coming into the space after you.
Everyone needs a fantastic headshot for their personal and professional profile! Bring a couple of outfits and we’ll experiment with some different poses. We’ll guide you through and find the image that sends just the right message. It’s easy and affordable. Session fee $49. Digital Image $79 (high resolution complete with touch–ups)