Back in the Autumn, I spent a great day with Aspire Photography Training photographing styled childhood images. The day was hosted by Aspire and The Guild of Photographers (with whom I hold my qualification for family portraits) and went into the details of styling a photoshoot.
So what is a styled photoshoot? At it's simplest, nearly every shoot I photograph is styled to a certain extent. Styling is about choosing clothing and (where appropriate) props that will enhance and complement your images. It is up to each client how far you wish to take the styling, from following the simple clothing tips I offer when you book, through to hiring a stylist to dress your family for the shoot.
When you book a family photoshoot with me, I'll send you a helpsheet on preparing for your shoot, including clothing tips. As a minimum, I recommend avoiding t-shirts with slogans, logos and pictures - these will all draw your eye away from the faces in the final image. Block colours, simple patterns and stripes all work well. Your family style and personality will drive colour choices, but it is worth co-ordinating amongst all those who will be photographed - either with complementary or contrasting colours.
I'm always happy to offer a pre-shoot consultation over the phone where we can go through styling recommendations in more detail. If you are opting for a studio photoshoot, then we'll discuss which colour backdrop will complement your skintones and co-ordinate with your chosen outfits. The web offers a host of tools for planning your styling from colour co-ordination tools (such as coolors) to Pinterest where you can find and share styling ideas.
If you're looking to invest in a larger piece of wall-art that you would like to stand the test of time, then you may wish to invest more in the styling of your shoot. I can recommend a local stylist who can consult on your styling either from your current wardrobe or for new outfits specifically for your shoot.
If you'd like a theme from your shoot, then we can discuss options, from glitter and glamour to rustic countryside and the pursuits of childhood.
When it comes to props, I generally prefer to keep my shoots simple, using nature's props - trees to climb and stumps to sit on! - but if you would like to include props in your shoot then I'm very happy to discuss and advise.
Whatever you decide is right for you and your family, your photoshoot will include an element of styling. Just contact me to book your shoot and discuss your options further.