What comes to mind when you hear professional photography? Most people think of the traditional indoor session where you are all staggered and in the same color shirt that some in the group are happy with and others are irritated about, you know the photo I’m talking about. Most of the time the thought of mixing it up scares people because well, lets face it, professional photography can be expensive and you want to make sure that it looks great. So, naturally it’s the first instinct that everyone must match…… Wait though, hold that thought. Sometimes it is okay to change it up, not everyone needs to be wearing the exact same color shirt. Give your portrait some variation. Maybe you really like that everyone in black look or everyone in white look. That doesn’t mean you can’t still give your portrait a tasteful pop of color. Another thing is everyone is so use to the “Okay now everyone say cheese”, look. This doesn’t have to be a standard in your house. Maybe you have more of a serious look or you want to capture that funny face that everyone does…. THIS IS OKAY TO DO. Remember, this is your portrait, you get to pick what you want to do (for the most part). Just look at the image above. This was actually a test shot to just make sure the lighting was good and waala! When Grandma Lola took one look at how well this portrait captured each of her grandchildren’s personalities she had to order this image. This image will keep her smiling for years to come. So remember, every time you have the idea to have family or large group portraits taken does everyone have to wear the same exact color. Let there be a little difference or a pop of color somewhere to keep it fun and show who you are. Last but not least, never rule out the test shot image. You just never know when you will want an 11×14 of that amazing portrait hanging in your kitchen, so you can see it every morning and be reminded of the 8 joyful wonders of your world.
I would like to take a moment to make a shout out to Lola and her amazing family. Thank you for allowing us to share this wonderful portrait with everyone.