WHAT TO WEAR
What to wear on your photo shoot can make a huge difference to the final photos, but there really is no absolute right or wrong as different families will have different ideas about how they'd like the finished photos to look in terms of styling. Some families will opt for casual clothing in anticipation that their children will be the kind to play in the mud, whereas others will opt for a much smarter look. Every family is different so please go with your own instinct! But as I'm often asked for advice, here are a few pointers that might help give you some ideas, starting with the question everyone asks...
"WHAT COLOURS WORK BEST?"
This is the question that I'm most often asked, and quite rightly as it can be really important. Please keep in mind that it is very subjective so you should definitely go with your own instinct, but my advice is that colour schemes based around light colours generally work best for my style of photography and are the easiest to coordinate. Pastels and other light colours and neutrals always look great and really help give that light and airy look that I aim for in my photos. You can also add in a couple of brighter colour pops in amongst the lighter colours if you want to. Or if you're a family that prefers bolder colours then that's great too - it would be really boring if every family always turned up dressed the same! Below are some general pointers that should help give you some ideas no matter what sort of colour scheme you opt for, and further down the page are some examples of both pale and brighter colour schemes that have all worked well and may give you some ideas...
For girls then a light coloured dress is simple and timeless whilst also really helping to achieve that gorgeous light and airy look. It's perfect for warmer days but if it's a bit cooler then a cardigan over the top works well too. The motion in the dress really adds to the look and feel of the photos.
Here the family chose a lovely theme around light blues and white, with mum opting for a gorgeous dress complimenting the colour scheme whilst at the same time injecting a bit of pop into the photo with the tasteful pattern on her dress.
Here the family knew that it was likely to be muddy at Bolton Abbey as it was very autumnal and this suited them as they are a very active, outdoorsy type family. Knowing that the children would be off exploring in the mud they chose appropriate clothing for them to do so comfortably whilst still sticking to their chosen colour scheme of red, blue and white. The scarf is great as it's both warm but also adds some texture.
With larger groups of children it's easy to mix in a few different colours and patterns whilst still keeping a lovely overall theme. Here the family chose yellows, blues and whites as well as a few other colour pops and patterns thrown in. The yellows worked especially well as it was spring time and equally in the autumn then deeper colours such a burnt oranges can work beautifully with the surroundings.
Here a simple and timeless white shirt compliments the little girl's patterned dress really nicely. And the matching hat was a fun accessory to include in a few photos to change the look a bit, as well as being practical as it was a very hot day!
For this autumnal Bolton Abbey photo shoot the family chose a lovely colour scheme around blues and yellows which looked great together but also worked well with the backdrop at that time of year. Lots of layers and texture were used with scarves, jackets and gillets meaning everyone was warm but also very stylish!