How to Prepare for your Family Portraits

I frequently get asked about what to wear for your family photos. Sure, I can offer a couple of tips, but I am by no means an expert. So I enlisted the help of a friend who is! Check out her tips below!

Getting dressed and prepped for your family portraits shouldn’t be a stressful task. Here are few guidelines from Fashion Stylist Elim Chu to help you and your family look and feel your best at your session.

  • Hair
    • Schedule any haircut or coloring a week to two weeks in advance of your family’s portrait session
    • Choose hairstyles that members are familiar and comfortable with
  • Nails
    • Clean and trimmed fingernails
  • Skin
    • Moisturize any bare skin
  • Makeup
    • Apply makeup as you are most familiar and comfortable with
  • Clothing
    • Working with existing wardrobe – you’ll feel more comfortable!
    • Choose clothes that you feel your best in
    • Pull a palette together from one individual’s outfit. Recommendation: start with mom
    • Solid colors, subtle print (not too busy) or texture is preferable
    • Indoor: Consider environmental colors so as to not blend in
    • Outdoor: Consider environmental colors and weather appropriate
    • Choose outfits: a regular day but “put together”
    • Clean footwear, doesn’t have to be brand new
      • Wipe down with a moist cloth
      • Buff and polish shoe leather

Want to work with a professional? Inquire about adding a Stylist to your package!

Styled outfits – up to 60min (max. 4 indviduals)
$125 +GST
Travel costs apply if outside of Vancouver city limits

  • Stylist consultation
    • in advance of portrait session
    • By phone or email to determine looks for family members (Ex. Formal, casual, event or season specific)
  • Wardrobe
    • Stylist to meet clients at their home
    • choose outfits for each family member

Stylist during session $100 +GST/HR
Travel costs apply if outside of Vancouver city limits

  • Hair and apparel adjustments during your portrait session to ensure everyone looks their best

You can check out more of Elim's styling tips on instagram @elim_chu or her website

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