Booking your photo-shoot is only the first step on your journey to having great photos created. I am regularly asked by clients for advice on what they should wear to for a family Portrait Photo-shoot.
Below are some suggestions to ensure you get the most from photos.
1. Plan ahead
Once you book your photo session, start thinking of your clothes right away! Plan your colours, textures and layers, and exactly what you will be wearing on the day. Don’t wait until the day of, or day before, your photo-shoot to make a decision on clothing or you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting or being left in the laundry basket; plan ahead.
2. Co-ordinating colours, but not matching colours
Select one or two main colours and choose clothes that will fit in this colour scheme. Begin with your main colour and accessorise around it.
3. Textures and Layers are your friend
Add textures like jackets, scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
4. Add accessories
Accessories add to your outfit and can be fun to use in photos. For example, have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold, necklaces for the kids to play with, hats to hide behind, and bags to peer into.
5. Limit patterns
Too many patterned items will detract attention from your finished image and may make it appear “too busy”. A simple pattern worn by one or two of your models is fine; however try to avoid having everyone in the photo wearing a pattern.
6. Avoid Characters
While all children have a favourite cartoon or movie character, try to avoid clothing with characters on them. Just like patterns, characters on clothing can be distracting and what’s popular now, may not be in 10 years’ time…think timeless.
7. Avoid all white or all black clothing
If you are wearing a plain white shirt then it is very easy to ‘blow out’ parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. The same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have ‘clipping’ on black clothing resulting in the detail being lost.
8. Consider your background
This section is closely related to the above. If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what you are wearing. It’s never a great idea to wear all black in front of a black backdrop, or all-white in front of a white backdrop; this can cause what I call the ‘floating head’ scenario.
9. Look at your home décor
Since you will be hanging your photos in your home you want to make sure the colours of your clothes go with the colour scheme of your home, or the main area of your home where the photos will be displayed.
10. Think Timeless
Fashions and styles come and go, but your photos will be displayed in your home for many years to come; you want them to be timeless, so it’s best to aim for more of a classic look, than one that instantly dates you or those in the photo.
11. Be Comfortable
This aspect of preparing for a photo-shoot cannot be understated! We have all seen, kids especially, wearing hats, boots, tutus, jackets, etc. They may look adorable, but if those kids aren't comfortable, it could make for a miserable photo shoot. If your photo-shoot is taking place outdoors, ensure you dress appropriately for the season and weather conditions on the day.
12. Most Importantly…
Valentines Day gives us all the opportunity to focus on the ones we love, whether we are in a realtionship with someone special, or if it's focussing on our close friends and family.
Capture the fun and romance of Valentines Day 2016 with a Studio Photo-shoot at our studio in Irvine, Ayrshire
Available for Couples and Individuals, and even whole families
Gift Vouchers are available should you wish to surprise someone special with a Studio Photo-shoot of their own
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Chris Archer Photography is delighted to announce that
is the winner of our Free 1-hour Studio Photo-shoot Facebook competition.
Congratulations and well done!!!
As a thank you to everyone who took part, liking, commenting and sharing our post & page, and everyone taking the time to visit our website today, I have discounted all 1-hour Portrait Photo-shoots purchased within the next 7 days to only £25!!
Please visit our Store to take advantage of this special offer.
Images from Eglinton ParkRun held on 1st January 2016 are now on-line, and available to purchase!
The winner of the competition (the Client) will be chosen at random on 5th January 2016, and will be selected only from persons who have:
All entrants must be 16 years of age or older.
All Models under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult during the photo-shoot.
The free photo-shoot applies to a 1-hour Studio photo-shoot, and includes up to a maximum of 4 persons; additional persons will be charged at a rate of £10 per person, up to a maximum of 7 persons in total.
The copyright to the photographs covered by the terms & conditions are fully owned by the Photographer (Christopher Archer), and as such, any reproduction or copying of the images (print or digital format) is strictly forbidden without written/digital consent from the Photographer.
The Photographer will provide the Client with around 30-40 web-quality digital images from the photo-shoot, which are suitable for printing up to 6x4". Web-quality images supplied by the Photographer can be used by the Client for sharing on-line over the internet; this does not constitute copying the images.
High-resolution images supplied by the Photographer at the clients request, and cost, can be used for sharing on-line and having prints created; the original digital copies/downloaded images cannot be copied and/or distributed in any way without prior written/digital approval of the photographer.
The Photographer retains the rights to all original image files
The photographer may use the finished images and any subsequent edited images made from the originals in the following manner:
If a Model is under 18 year of age, a Parent, Legal guardian or Adult Representative of the Parent or Legal Guardian must agree to the above terms and conditions; in doing so, the Parent / Legal Guardian / Adult Representative of Parent or Legal Guardian agrees to be bound by all terms contained in the terms & conditions and accepts full responsibility in relation to the model and permissions to take/use the images as set out in this agreement.
The Client agrees to publicity in relation to this competition.
The Photo-shoot voucher provided to the Client will be valid until, and includes, 31st March 2016. The Photo-shoot will take place at Chris Archer Photography’s studio in Irvine, Ayrshire, on a mutually agreeable date at a mutually agreeable time; the Photographer will make a best effort to ensure the photo-shoot takes place within the set validity period of the voucher, however reserves the right to extend the validity period in the event a mutually agreeable date and time is not found within the validity period.
Once a mutually agreed date and time for the photo-shoot is set, cancellation by the Client for any reason will result in forfeiture of the voucher and it’s associated benefits.
The Photographer reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notification.
This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
The free photo-shoot voucher is non-transferable; has no cash value; and must be presented at the time of use.
The photographer accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred by the Client as a result of this competition, whether actual or implied, including travel costs to the Photographer’s studio.
By entering the competition the Client agrees to be bound by the above terms and conditions.
Chris Archer Photography is proud to announce the introduction of Studio Portrait Photo-shoots!!
Clients are now able to book Studio Portrait Photo-shoots and have their photos taken at our custom studio in Irvine, Ayrshire.
Capture some amazing memories in one of our fun-filled studio portrait session at an amazing rate!
Book a minimum of one hour for Portrait photo-shoots and you will receive a digital copy of 30-40 low resolution unmarked, unbranded images; these images are suitable for printing up to a size of 6”x4”. High resolution images and larger prints are also made available for purchase via our secure Client Area at a very affordable rate.
Your Studio Portrait photos can viewed using our secure 'proofing service' where you can:
More information can be found on our Portraits page.
Chris Archer Photography was delighted to be the official photographer at Margaret's 50th birthday party in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, on the evening of Saturday 28th November 2015; it was a night full of fun and celebration for everyone who attended.
The full set of official photographs are available to view and purchase on our Guest Proofing Service by clicking HERE, and using the password provided at the event.
Guests who require the password should contact the event organiser, Sharlene; alternatively please use our contact form to request the password, ensuring a telephone number you can be contacted on is included.
To book Chris Archer Photography for your own special event, please visit our Special Events page or use our Event Enquiry Form to request more information.
Weekend spaces are in short supply so book early to guarantee you don't miss out!!
You can find details of photographer availability on our Home Page.
Should the date you require not be available please contact us and we can provide you with details of other fantastic photographers who may be able to cover your event.