A very feminine question to answer before you decide to book a photoshoot…
Before each photo shoot, I arrange a consultation over the phone or email to discuss session style options. Our ladies-favourite question “what to wear” applies as usual! And I can imagine your daughter in front of her wardrobe right now rolling her eyes like “mummy, I have got NOTHING to wear for this photo shoot!” So typical, eh? 🙂
Good news is, your child’s outfit is only one of the components of a perfect picture (Read here to see what else matters). I guarantee I could use one of my of stretchy fabrics and wrap your 10 years old daughter, and nobody would even notice it wasn’t a real top/dress. In fact, many fine art photographers are keen to use stretchy wraps (yes, the same ones which are used during the newborn sessions) and arrange them around models chests and arms for an elegant and artistic look. We are creatives, don’t forget and improvising is a part of our job. So I wouldn’t worry too much.
So, what to wear to get the wow-effect?
Some outfits though are definitely more photography friendly let’s say and it’s worth thinking if you plan to have some pictures taken either for yourself or your child. I am going to make a separate post about some tips for the perfect photo session look, but today I would like to tell you about something very special. Hopefully, it will inspire you to find a personal gem related to your family.
Perhaps you have a pair of earrings from your grandma and you love them as they remind you of her. Or anything else passed from generation to generation?
Look at my example…
Years ago my mum gave me her top. It was a very thin, almost transparent light yellow top, decorated with beautiful handmade embroidery. Ornaments are made in accordance with traditional Polish folk design. This top was so pretty but also so precious and, let’s face it, old (!) I was nearly scared to wear it. I did not want to stain or damage it so I kept it deep inside my old suitcase. Finally, I found the perfect occasion to try it on and it was the photoshoot I had myself (with my friend and an amazing artist Justyna Warwas). Everyone loved the pictures and many friends asked me about where I had this top from.
A few days ago my 7-year-old niece visited me and the weather changed into lovely spring mode with a beautiful golden sun. We went outside and I knew straight away I am going to photograph her. And of course, the first outfit idea was my special, handmade top. So this is the third generation wearing it and being photographed which makes me feel quite emotional. At the moment this top is over 50 years old! But I know I will extend their life thanks to photography. How lucky we are to be able to do it these days!
As you can see it does not matter at all this grandma’s top is too big for this little girl. It’s all about creating a story for your session, something you can tell about to your children and they will do the same to theirs…
Now it’s your turn!
So, can you recall an item you could incorporate into your photoshoot? Something special you want to preserve as much as your child’s current look.
Why not book a free consultation, so we can have a chat, set up a colour scheme, session theme and make sure your pictures will appear amazing?