What To Wear: Family Style Guide

I truly believe that photographs should capture the essence of you and your family’s personality at the very least. I want to help you and your family receive authentic, timeless, and classic wall art and family heirlooms and styling is one way we can work together to achieve that!

I’ve listed 8 great styling tips to get great family photos in the “What to Wear: Family Style Guide“ below:

1. Coordination is key. Coordination and not matching is key. I know, I know. You haven’t had professional family portraits taken in over a decade (or maybe you have). Either way, matching is out and coordinating is in! You no longer have to dress your children in identical outfits or colors and hang that cheesy family portrait in your living room.

2. Choose a color palette. So if we’re coordinating, where do we start? I recommend you choose a color palette. Colors in your home are great places to start, though I’m not certain I’d recommend Pepto Bismol Pink (LOL). Fluorescent colors such as whites, tend to color cast and can sometimes reflect rather harshly. I recommend incorporating one of the primary colors like: yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal) and two secondary colors into your palette. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to begin, reach out to your photographer for assistance.

3. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Sounds like a no-brainer right? Right. But we sometimes make the mistake in dressing ourselves or our children in uncomfortable clothes for certain events. Just think about that beautiful evening or wedding gown you wore to your Prom or wedding. Dressing members of your family in shorts during winter or a sweater in the heat of the summer isn’t ideal. It is our goal to help you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If you are upset or uncomfortable during your session, it will show in your photographs.

4. Start with the female. Often times, the woman of the family will already have her outfit selected. In some circumstances, it may be easier to begin with her wardrobe, and build other members of the family’s outfits around hers.

5. Think solid or plaid colored shirts, but you can get funky if you’re family’s into that too. Clothing with graphics or fairly large logos can take away from the person in the photo. For this reason, I recommend wearing solid or plaid colored shirts.

6. Remember the location. If your session location is in a grassy area or field, I recommend wearing the color green sparingly. Wearing green as a primary color when you’re surrounded by a field of grass, is one way to for you to blend in like camouflage (which is the exact opposite of what we want you to do)! We want you and your family to be the center of attention in your photographs. However, if you’re truly set on wearing the color green, it does make a great accent color.

7. Layers, layers, layers…layers everywhere! I feel like I’m singing the intro to a popular 2000s tune or something. Seriously though, layers add texture and dimension. They’re a great way to help give your photographs that extra oomph!  If you’re not able to add layers, I recommend clothing with texture such as: buttons, ruffles, embroider, flannel, or items with ‘grit’ per se.

8. Accessorize!Accessories can make all the difference in your photographs, especially if you’re feeling like your wardrobe is a bit too bland or basic. If that’s the look you’re going for have at it. Most of the time that’s the look I’m going for. However, if you’re wanting to add a little something different from your normal look, consider accessorizing. Necklaces, boots, bracelets, tights, and scarves oh my! I recommend wearing at least one accessory for females, they can really add interest and spark to your photos. If you’re unsure as to which ones you should, bring them all!

BONUS: The most important tip of them all is to have fun! Need more assistance? Contact us to take the first step in the Melo and Me Photography Experience.

10 Stress-Free Family & Child Session Tips

Whew chile, where do we even begin? I actually had to take a deep breath before writing this, because I KNOW just how stressful planning for picture day can be. *Cues all of the times I had to get ready for my own family’s picture day (or any picture day for that matter).

As with all families, it always seems like something’s bound to go wrong no matter how much you plan. Don’t get derailed and discouraged —HOPE is on the way!

Pedro and I have compiled ten of what we feel are the most important tips to help you and your family take the stress out of family picture day, and better prepare for your photo session.

  1. Plan to arrive to your family session at least 10-15 minutes early.
  2. Don’t forget to feed your child/children before the session (bonus if they’ve had a nap)
  3. Make sure you have a backup outfit for each child just in case, 
  4. Don’t change your child/children into their session clothing until after they eat (seeing as though we have two littles of our own, we know how hard this can be)
  5. Only give them clear liquids once they are in their session clothing, 
  6. Bring along their favorite toy or blanket, this will help them to feel comfortable during the session (it’s always smart to have a bribe in place such as fruit snacks, candy or a toy) 
  7. Have a heart to heart with your child/children about the session and explain what’s going to happen, 
  8. Talk to your significant other about the session, how the session will go and discuss what your expectations are, 
  9. Outfits: remember to coordinate instead of matching & ensure all outfits are wrinkle-free. We’re not saying you have to starch them, but you can at least throw them in the dryer for a spin,
  10. A few days prior to your session, pack a bag filled with items you will possibly need on picture day: (snacks, props, wipes, hairbrush, emergency items, etc.)

3-for-1 combo BONUS TIP: Relax, have fun, and love on your family <3.

Top Things To Do This Spring | The Woodlands, TX Family and Child Photographer

Hiya guys! It’s heating up here in Texas and I am LOVING it. The great thing about the beautiful weather and flowers here in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX area are the events! There are so many things to do and places to choose from this spring and I can’t wait to enjoy them with my family. Well I’ve done the heavy work for you, and compiled a list of the top things to do in The Woodlands and Conroe, TX to celebrate spring.

“Easter Egg Hunt” April 15, 2017

  • 7 Acre Wood’s will be hosting it’s 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Conroe, TX.
  • Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Cost: Free, but there will be additional services offered so bring extra cash for other activities. 
  • Location: 4401 N Frazier Conroe, Texas 77303
  • ***Correction, in our newsletter it stated April 12 as the date which is incorrect. 

“Hop to It” April 14-15, 2017

  • The Children’s Museum of The Woodlands, TX will host a “Hop to it and Celebrate Easter” event. Children will learn how to make bunny masks and decorate eggs. The Easter Bunny will be also be making appearances at the event, so don’t forget your camera. This is the perfect event if your son or daughter is into arts and crafts.
  • Time:  10:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Cost: $6 for ages 1 year and older. 
  • Location: 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Suite 280 The Woodlands, Texas 77381. 

“Spring Festival”  April 22, 2017

  • Grace Lutheran Church and Christian School will be hosting it’s annual Spring Festival. There will be fun activities for your family, and a live/silent auction, where you will have the opportunity to bid on a portrait session and print with Melo and Me Photography. Stop by and visit our booth to get a first-look at some of our products. 
  • Time: 3:30PM
  • Cost: Free for everyone!  
  • Location: 13123 TX-105, Conroe, TX 77304

*Melo and Me Photography is not associated with any of the events mentioned above. 

“Mother’s Day Mini Sessions” April 29, 2017

  • Melo and Me Photography is offering a mini session event to celebrate Motherhood to honor how amazing it really is. After all, what would the world be without Moms? Total chaos. Yeah, I don’t even want to think about it.  This is the perfect gift for the Mom who’s been feeling unappreciated and doubtful lately. Ask any mom in the world what she values most, and I’m willing to bet it’s the time and memories she shares with her family. 
  • Time slots: 7:30am, 8:00am, 5:30pm, 6:00pm, 6:30pm
  • Cost: $150 
  • Location: Bear Branch Park

 

How to Slay Your Senior Session with Confidence! | Houston, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Humble, Conroe, Spring Jasper, TX Senior Photographer

Get to know your photographer.

Take the time to get to know your photographer and I promise you will feel more relaxed and comfortable, than those who meet their photographer for the first time on session day. You can do this by scheduling a consultation, which is just a fancy way of saying we get to know a little bit about each other.

Bring yourself, as in BE YOURSELF 🙂

If you don’t remember anything else from this post, please remember this –be yourself. This includes being true to yourself and who you are. Trust me, if you’re not being yourself at the session, it shows. It’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone, but you definitely don’t want to display serious facial expressions when you’re normally smiling or goofing off. In order to get great photographs, it’s important that you’re relaxed and comfortable at the session. 

Plan ahead of time. 

It’s important that you plan for the session ahead of time. Waiting until the last minute to book a photographer, could leave you in the position of not having photographs to document this important time in your life. And, in the event that you are able to book a photographer at the last minute, there’s still so much planning that goes into a session. Trust me you don’t want to scramble through boutiques or stores trying to find outfits for your session with no guidance at all.

Dress to impress. 

Clothes should be fitted prior to the day of your session, so that you know exactly how they fit. Make sure to get rid of the wrinkles prior to the session. Blouses and bottoms should hang neatly on hangers. Avoiding clothing with large logos or graphics because they take away from the person in the photo.

Don’t worry…be happy. 

Last minute pimple show up the night before or day of your session, that’s okay! I’ll take care of your acne and blemishes so there’s no need to worry. All you have to do is show up to the session and have a great time -I’ll take care of the rest! 

Professional hair and makeup artist.

 A professional hair and makeup artist can completely transform your senior session. They are trained professionals and know how to cater to your needs. You’ll have less time to stress and worry about your hair or makeup, and more time to focus on being pampered like a queen!

*Bonus: schedule a makeup and/or hair trial a few weeks before scheduled session. We recommend professionals like:

Don’t forget your props!

Sports equipment, jersey or uniforms, musical instruments, and books are just a few props that can really tie your personality into the session. They can also add meaning and originality to your session. No props? Not a problem, you’ll rock your session either way. 

Get a good night’s rest.

Often overlooked, many seniors tend to forget to get a good night’s rest; however, it’s more important than you think. The more rest you’ve had, the more time you’ll have to enjoy and have a great time at your session. You’re also more likely to feel comfortable and have more time to focus on the details. 

Take care of the necessities. 

This may go without saying for some, but it’s worth it to include anyway: 

  • Clean shave. Unless of course, hairy legs and lots of stub are your thing.
  • Guys, it’s best to get a haircut at least 6-8 days prior to the session.
  • Bring a hairbrush or comb. It works great for fly-aways and touch-ups.
  • Nails should be manicured, while skin should be moisturized.

Have any questions or tips to include yourself? Contact us now to learn more about how we help take the stress out of your session day.

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