it is all about colours
Classic and timeless is the neutral colour palette. These look great on most people. They are excellent for summertime and beach sessions.
Autumn colours are fabulous all year round. A mustard yellow or burnt orange vintage style clothing can transport an image to nostalgic wonder. Greys and teals contrasted together give a modern pop of colour.
Red, navy, burgundy and deep purples are great colours for Autumn or Winter sessions.
Bright colours are always beautiful and sunny. Perfect for kids. Just avoid neon colours.
let's talk denim
I love denim jeans. If I am not wearing my pjs I am in my jeans. They are great for sessions too. My only advice is to not pair a dark top with light jeans. In fact with light jeans I would only recommend colours from the neutral colour palette. Dark jeans go with just about everything. Denim overalls look especially gorgeous on kids.
patterns & t-shirts
If you want to wear a pattern go for it. If you want to put a t-shirt on go plain, not a slogan tee.
wear what makes you comfy
I would rather eat a hat than wear a dress and I know it would show in my photos. Wear what makes you feel confident and comfy or it will show!
Keep to the same colour palette but don't match everyone in the exact some thing (like red top and dark denim bottoms). If everyone is in a neutral colour except for Mason in a red tee he will be the one to stand out. However, there are some exceptions! Maybe Mason is in a red tee, mum has a light summer dress with a red necklace, dad has a light shirt and beige jeans and little sally has a light beige dress with red shoes and belt that can work too. Just see what works for you and in you need ideas pop 'what to wear family photos' in Pinterest and you will get a lot of ideas.
if it's just the kids
This is the time to put them in what you love.
create your own style!
We have been working hard to create a studio space for Belmen Photography. Painting crisp white walls, so many coats I thought my arms would fall off. Picking new prints to hang on the wall. Purchasing a beautiful lounge from The Antique Reproduction Shop for the comfort of our clients. Hanging all the costumes, wraps and shelving the props. It is a tiny space, just a spare room in a house, but I have already created gorgeous images with my little models. It's so niiiiicccceee to have a space that I can not only capture our clients but be able to now hold 'Reveal' appointments. Our clients will be able to see their gorgeous gallery and pick out the products that they want for their own home! The studio is beautiful and comfy. I will post some of the magic photos below and yes that is my gorgeous self in the middle.
Inspiration can strike anywhere. We visited the fairly new Antique warehouse in Kilsyth called Hunted. Wandering around the kids spotted one of the few decidedly not antique items. They were beautifully hand carved wooden apples. They felt smooth and the colour was so beautiful and rich. So being a mum that can't say no they ended up picking one out each. When I was looking at the kids with their apples I just knew I needed to do a little session. No colours besides the apples. I knew it would look amazing and showcase the kids interest in their new little finds. We had fun talking about her apple and this is her just doing her thing.
Melbourne Family Photographer
Melbourne was lucky this year. The warm weather stuck around well into March and I could still head out for summer style family photography. However, golden sunsets are going to start disappearing soon. The weather will cool and summer dresses will be put away. So before the sun hides away we went for a session on The Warburton Trail. Long bridges, paddocks on either side, mountains in the distance and some little adventurers made for a magical dusk. Sticks were picked up, rocks were treasures and races were won. This is what a childhood is made of.
I also got to play with my new Sigma Art 35mm f1.4 lens. And boy oh boy it's a beauty.
Melbourne Family Photographer
What was I thinking? 365 photography project with two kids still at home. Nope. But I'm wooooman enough to admit that I failed. It did however focus me and has given me direction and determination to see my business thrive. Now let's all laugh at this silly lady :P
O...M....G... I did it! I finished a month. I had a blast, my kids had a great time and I was lucky enough to get to include some of my clients. I have learnt a lot in just these 31 days of January and I have been able to really think about the scope of this project. I always knew that my 365 project would look different to the projects of the photographers I admire. Part of that difference would be fluidity. I didn't want to set myself hard limits because I wanted this project to challenge me but not confine me. So the goal posts have changed to a basketball net.
I was determined to at least finish a month of my original goal (fully edited image a day) and I have done that *yippee*. The new goal is to work on an element of photography every day whether it's editing an image, sewing a costume, building a set, hot glueing my fingers, finding a location or shooting a session. I will still make a record of what I am working on with Behind the Scene snapshots posted on my Instagram every day. I have some big ideas swirling around this head too small for most hats and I am determined to get them out there. Wish me luck xo
The Eclectic Photographer
PS This is a very late post. We went camping for the long weekend. Great tent, awful sleeping, lost a MATTRESS, it just flew out of the trailer, the best company, lots of sun, swimming and fun, and apparently we came back with the plague. This week every single Belmen at one time or another has lain on the couch wondering what vengeful god we had forgotten to supplicate. We made it through but the kids might now have an exclusive wardrobe of hazmat suits.
The kids, Ben and I are having so much fun exploring our area. We have had photography sessions in Lilydale, Coldstream, Mount Dandenong and many other places around the Yarra Ranges. The sunset images are truly beautiful and the kids are enjoying their one night to stay up late and play outside.
I started this week with a surreal image of cloud fish and I am definitely printing it large for our walls. I like to think of myself as a photographer and digital artist. Manipulating images to convey a concept takes a long time. Everything needs to match and it is really important to me that it looks as realistic as fish floating through the air can be.
It also takes a long time to pull together costumes, styling and props when I want to do a conceptual image (like the pink haired beauty above). So I have decided to make an amendment to my 365 project. I will still post a photo a day (somewhere) but sometimes it will be a phone snapshot of behind the scenes. I realised that if I want to create the big beautiful art pictures that involve sewing costumes, moulding plastic, glueing together headdresses and just generally sourcing and making elements for these pictures I can't spend every night editing a picture for my project. Some nights I have to spend with a hot glue gun or needle and thread and much swearing. But I won't be starting anything until Feb so at least for January I will have beautiful, edited family portraits.
So I begin 2017 probably with a bite of more than I can chew. A 365 Photography Project. These projects are for people determined to take an image a day. Which is an awesome challenge and has pushed many other artists into new realms of skills, technical ability and self expression. They also come out of the end of it with a lovely collection of memories and a huge serving of pride and accomplishment. And bonkers me decided to give it a go. However, I have to go easy on myself. I have a family who deserves my time and attention, friends that I need to laugh with and at and I need to snatch the occasional millisecond for myself so I don't end up sobbing in the bath wondering what happened. My 365 project is focusing on producing a finished image every day. Sometimes it may be a file I have floating around that I have never had the time to edit. Sometimes I might get three images out of a session I have had during the week. And sometimes I may have to have a bunch of images ready to post because I am going on holiday/spending quailty bath time. I am going to take it a day at a time.
I have made the first week and I'm quite chuffed. If I make it a month my chest will puff up a bit more. And if I make it to the 365? Well let's just take it one day at a time Mel.
So be prepared to see a lot of pretty images, some images worthy of a commercial photoshoot, some down right weird images and if I start the 'get healthy' New Years resolution (which I'm sure I will begin any day now) a few self portraits.
The Ecclectic Photographer
I am feeling very inspired by Joel Robison Photography. I think I have watched and read all of his tutorials at least 3 times. I love the nostalgic feel and imaginations gone wild. Fun sessions and beautiful images. The Space Robot costume was made by Miss 4 with a little help from me. The Horse Fly image takes its inspiration from the classic Wonderland movie. Now summer is getting closer I cannot stop thinking about golden afternoons.
Inspired by Joel Robison Photography I decided to try my hand at compositing a miniature portrait. He has wonderful tutorials on YouTube and his personal website. I love how this turned out. It is an image full of whimsy and makes me feel nostalgic. Mr 2 loved seeing himself with a swan and helped/hindered setting up our glass of water. We laughed, looked at the back of the camera to see the photo and high fived once we got the shot. I am going to offer these type of shoots to my clients as an alternative Christmas present. I am waging war against the useless toy invasion that seems to beset every home. It is a present they will have forever, it will be a fun experience and there is no chance of kicking it once the kids are asleep and as it sings ABC waking up the entire household ;)