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What to wear for your Family portraits

What should we wear for our family portraits? It’s the most common question we are asked.
Every photographer will tell you something different…solids are best…different shades of the same color is best…put the kids in darker colors…keep it simple…minimal jewelry…white/black shirts in jeans is perfect…
WE SAY, BREAK ALL THE RULES!
WEAR COLOR, WEAR MANY DIFFERENT COLORS, LAYER YOUR LOOK, TEXTURES ARE A GOOD THING, STATEMENT JEWELRY ADDS PIZAZZ!!
Here are the best advises as you set out on the quest for the perfect Family portrait:

Step 1:

Choose clothing for one person first
You don’t have go out and buy all new outfits for your portrait. Most times, you can get a great look by building your clothing around one person’s outfit. It’s usually best to start with the person in the group who is hardest to pick an outfit for. Most of the time this is the mother or daughter, as boys are normally very easy to style. Look through your closet for a great piece you want them to wear for the portrait or consider buying an outfit for that person and going from there.
For example, you’ve found a fun sweater for your son with tan, light blue, and orange stripes. You know the rest of your family has clothing at home that would match the colors in the sweater. So, you decide he could wear the sweater with a light blue shirt, tan pants, and brown shoes.

Step 2:

Build the rest of the group’s outfits based on the first person
Now that you’ve got one person’s clothing done, you can build the rest of the group’s outfits. In your case, you also bought your husband a sweater vest in orange to go with your son’s sweater. Then, at home, you each had a blue shirt, brown/khaki pants for the guys and a brown skirt for you. Maybe you also had a jacket to go with the tan in the boy’s sweater, and you’re all set!
General rules to remember when choosing outfits:
Keep in mind where you are going to be shooting
Are you going to be indoors or outdoors? Is the area paved, muddy, rocky, or grassy? What kind of colors would look best in that setting? If you will be outside, it’s a good idea to wear clothes you would be comfortable sitting on the ground in. If you are shooting with a green background (trees/bushes), be sure not to wear all green!

Stick to one style

Make sure everyone in the group is wearing one style of clothing such as classy (formal wear, suits,dresses, etc.), casual (jeans, tees, hoodies, converse), or contemporary (a mixture of classy and casual—like a dressy top with jeans and heels). You don’t want to look like half of the family is going to a wedding and the others are going to the park to play.

Avoid too many patterns or huge logos.

Patterns should compliment each other, not draw attention away from the main subject of the photo,togetherness!
Colors don’t have to match, but they do need to go together. Clothing from the same color palette or basedon colors in one outfit tend to create a cohesive look without feeling too “matchy.” We love fun and vibrant colors; they help the portraits “pop” off the screen or print, but remember, the emphasis of the photos should be on your faces, not your clothing.
Bring accessories and props that pull together the outfit
Using props and accessories is a good way to get different looks out of a single outfit. Think about things that characterize you and your personality: scarves, purses, shoes, and items from your line of work, hobbies, and interests.

Hands and Feet

Occasionally, we will take photos of details like hand-holding and family feet! Remember to clean and trim nails for these shots. For feet, if your toes will show…make sure your toenail polish is fresh.
Clients are always welcome to an over-the-phone consult about what to wear to the shoot. We’ve even helped finalized outfit choices in person. I just want you to feel good. During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably. As for the kids?
Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust us!
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Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

A wedding is a very special day in our lives. It takes a lot of time and patience to find that someone
special in our lives, so how can the day which is the culmination of all those feelings of love and
promises be a humble affair. There are so many things to take care of during a wedding – the dress, the venue, the cake, decorations and what not. One thing that people often cut back on is hiring a
professional wedding photographer. With all the expenses, why spend extra? Surely anyone with a
good enough camera can do the job. That’s where you are wrong. Here are some of the reasons why hiring a professional wedding photographer is the right way to go-Hire Professional Wedding Photographer | AVS360 - Best Indian Wedding photographer in DC

    • Because a professional is a professional, not your friend– all of us have a budding photographer friend who takes amazing photos. And people often make the mistake of making them the designated wedding photographer. Even though someone might have exceptional photography skills, wedding photography is a different ball game altogether. The skillset required is completely different. Your friend may be busy meeting up with other friends when you need him the most! A professional will not do that. They are contractually obligated to only you and your wedding day. They are committed to be there when and where agreed upon, so you don’t have to worry about any missed magical moments.
    • The value of experience – you might have a general idea about what you want in your photos for your special day. A professional with experience will know what you need! Somethings can only be learned through experience. They have professional wedding photography packages to suit your every need. There are so many things to consider that you might even know about! Poses, background, lighting, contrast and many other things that go into a great photo. Hiring a professional comes with the assurance that you don’t have to worry about them and truly enjoy your special day.Hire Professional Wedding Photographer | AVS360 - Best Indian & DC Wedding photographer
    • The equipment– sure photos are taken through a camera, but there is much more equipment required to take amazing wedding photographs. More often than not, not only will a professional wedding photographer have a better camera, they will also have all the support equipment required such as lenses, tripods, lights, extra batteries, strobes or even a drone!Hire Professional Wedding Photographer | AVS360 - Best Indian & DC Wedding photography
    • Assurance– when you hire a professional wedding photographer you don’t just buy yourself amazing photos, you also buy yourself a peace of mind. You don’t want to spend your time instructing an amateur photographer on your wedding day! With already so much to take in and take care of, no one has the time or mental resources available to handle that. A typical professional wedding photography service provider has a team dedicated to make your photos amazing. From the setting to their development, they make sure that you get quality photos of your wedding day, making sure you always have something to remember how special this day was for you.

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How to work with your Wedding Photographer

Weddings are special days in our lives. We spend a lot of time and effort in planning our perfect
wedding day. From the food, the guest list, the venue to the dresses- we spend a lot of time in choosing the best of these. But when the day is done, the food is served, the guests leave and the lights go off; what remains with you are unforgettable memories- and the wedding photographs. Wedding photographs are the only tangible memories of your wedding that stay with you. As such special attention must be paid while choosing a wedding photographer and wedding videographer for the day. But even if you do select the professional wedding photographer that you think will be best for you, you have to realize that you have to work together with him to get the best wedding photographs. After all it’s your wedding, your family, your friends and a photographer is just an outsider among them. Here are some points which go a long way to give you the wedding photographs that match and exceed your expectations.
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Communicate – Call or better yet hold an interview with the photographer along with your partner before the wedding day. Discuss what type of photographs you want specifically. Ask him how he goes about his work. Give him a heads up about the important events and people that you definitely want for your wedding. This gives both you and the photographer an idea of what to expect and what is expected out of them. Not only that, this also give the photographer a general idea about how you and your partner are as a couple and can help them design a photoshoot that captures the nuances of you perfectly.

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– stories are personal. So are weddings. That’s why the best wedding albums are those which are in the form of a storyline that depicts the events of the day as they happened. Its best to first make it clear how much time the photographer will spend on your wedding. The more time a photographer spends with you, the more time he has to capture the beauty of this very special day. Discuss with them how much time will be required by them at every stage so that you are prepared for it and do not feel rushed on the day.

Give them a freehand (somewhat) – discuss and ensure beforehand with the photographer what specify photos you want in your album. Decide beforehand the list of formal groupings that you would like to see in your wedding. They can be before or after the wedding ceremony. But do yourself a favor and don’t add any photos to the list corny clichés that are posed yet try to appear natural. If you have chosen a photographer trust him to capture the natural and candid photographs for the vent. Plus, it is also advised to not stick to a list too much. Weddings are bus events and there is so much happening throughout the day. If you stick to a list you are bound to miss out on some of the magical moments that can happen without any notice.