Helping Your Client Prepare for Their Shoot – Dress to Match the Sofa?

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gracerose2Yes, you heard right! When choosing clothing for your family photos, dress to match the sofa! Urge your clients to think about the end result they’re aiming for by having photos taken by a professional. Is it to have a large canvas over the fireplace? A series of small canvases leading up the stairs? Prints which will be framed in black?

They will get maximum ‘punch’ from their new artwork if it looks like it really fits in the space they have placed it. If they have a shabby chic style in the lounge, putting the children in red probably wouldn’t look so great over the fireplace. Whether the style is contemporary, classic, victorian or has an island getaway feel, your clients should consider it when choosing the wardrobe to be used in their shoot.

The goal is to create beautiful art, where their family is the centerpiece, which will really fit in their home.

sophia2I have a very clever client coming in next month in time for Christmas. She wants a portrait of all the families and their kids together which can go in the grandparents’ home. Trick is, they have refused to put photos up in their home thus far and she wants to create something cheeky which they can’t refuse so she’s having everyone dress in gaudy florals to match the sofa and secretly swipe the huge plastic flowers which they have in vases in the living room and have everyone hold them. I love it! They will totally blend in and I think the results are going to be so fun.

So when consulting your client on their choices to prepare for their shoot, encourage them to be thoughtful about where they would like their images displayed in their home (or in some cases, Grandma’s) and dress to match the sofa!

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Elizabeth Halford is a photographer and advertising creative producer in Orlando, FL. She wrote her first article for dPS in 2010. Her most popular one racked up over 100k shares!

  • Hi
    all the articles were very helpful.
    it was everything I needed at this moment.
    thank you very much and keep on doing what you do.
    gracias
    piet
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  • wow great tip! Never really thought about this one before..

    I have a really huge family photo coming up pretty soon. So i’ll be sure to keep this in mind!

  • Fun tips! Thanks!

  • PRH

    That’s something I’d never considered before. Great tip!!

  • Angela

    This was a great tip that never really crossed my mind before -but makes complete sense. I, too, have an in-home family shoot coming up and you can bet I’ll put this tip to use!

  • liz

    Makes great sense! Thanks!

  • Kate

    Great posting. I love this concept that makes so much sense! Thanks much for adding it.

  • thanks so much for the tip !
    Great idea !

  • Great idea and nicely written and illustrated. I always told my clients to dress in solid colors that would look well together, but I never thought, or previously heard, of the idea of matching colors and styles for the location where the portrait would hang. Of course, since I only do photography for my own fun and pleasure now I guess that other than our own family photo it may be too late for me.

  • How might this apply if the portaits are done in an outdoor setting? Do you just try to match the setting to the decor on a basic level and still have them dress/accessorize accordingly?

    My interest is commercial/promotional photography (yes, to include publicity shots.) Might the same rules come into play?

    Great tips. I had never given this any thought!

    Jennifer Moore
    JenniferLynn Productions, LLC

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  • Jen M. November 20, 2009 06:52 am

    How might this apply if the portaits are done in an outdoor setting? Do you just try to match the setting to the decor on a basic level and still have them dress/accessorize accordingly?

    My interest is commercial/promotional photography (yes, to include publicity shots.) Might the same rules come into play?

    Great tips. I had never given this any thought!

    Jennifer Moore
    JenniferLynn Productions, LLC

  • Bull Rhino October 23, 2009 01:28 pm

    Great idea and nicely written and illustrated. I always told my clients to dress in solid colors that would look well together, but I never thought, or previously heard, of the idea of matching colors and styles for the location where the portrait would hang. Of course, since I only do photography for my own fun and pleasure now I guess that other than our own family photo it may be too late for me.

  • gerijean October 23, 2009 11:22 am

    thanks so much for the tip !
    Great idea !

  • Kate October 23, 2009 11:09 am

    Great posting. I love this concept that makes so much sense! Thanks much for adding it.

  • liz October 23, 2009 08:28 am

    Makes great sense! Thanks!

  • Angela October 23, 2009 04:07 am

    This was a great tip that never really crossed my mind before -but makes complete sense. I, too, have an in-home family shoot coming up and you can bet I'll put this tip to use!

  • PRH October 22, 2009 12:53 pm

    That's something I'd never considered before. Great tip!!

  • Stephanie Stewart October 22, 2009 10:11 am

    Fun tips! Thanks!

  • Corne October 22, 2009 02:29 am

    wow great tip! Never really thought about this one before..

    I have a really huge family photo coming up pretty soon. So i'll be sure to keep this in mind!

  • piet October 22, 2009 01:49 am

    Hi
    all the articles were very helpful.
    it was everything I needed at this moment.
    thank you very much and keep on doing what you do.
    gracias
    piet
    [img]http://psphotos.net/[/img]

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