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 a few guidelines for Fashion Stylist Elim Chu to help you and your family look and feel your best at your session.

  • Hair

    • Choose hairstyles that members are familiar and comfortable with

    • Schedule any hair cut or colouring a week or two in advance of your family's portrait session

  • 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

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

Elim offers two options:

1) Styled outfits – up to 60min (max. 4 indviduals)
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

2) Stylist during session
Travel costs apply if outside of Vancouver city limits

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

Please reach out to Elim directly for pricing. She can be found on her website http://www.elimchu.com/.

For more inspiration and styling tips, follow her on instagram @elim_chu 

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