I just absolutely love love love shooting in Manhattan Beach these days!
I know I’m not the only photographer out there that does, a quick image search will show you that.
But I do love having fun with my clients while we’re shooting, and making sure everyone has a good time
during their session is very important to me.
When clients ask me “What should we wear for our session?”
Here’s my answer: -Wear sold colors. Prints and patterns (like stripes and bold patterns) are
very distracting in portraits, and when mixed can be very disorganized looking. You don’t all have to wear the same color,
but all solids works best and is easy on the eyes. There’s always an exception to this; if you have a little one or little ones
that you’d like to be the center of attention for the shoot, by all means, dress the kiddos up in just
about what ever is cute. However, make sure they are comfortable. If it’s a new outfit, make sure paper and plastic tags
are removed completely, it will bug the heck out of them and they won’t be happy.
-No writing on clothing. Our brains want to read words, and when we see letters we want to make sense of it. So
when you’re wearing a shirt with GAP written on it, guess what? That’s what we’ll see before the beautiful faces
of your family. Keep it simple, no writing. Exception? Of course! If you’re TRYING to send a message, then yes! Tell us!
For instance, you’re expecting an addition to the family? Let your little one now tell the family with a cute shirt that says
their only child status is expiring. Want to express holiday cheer? Wear cute sweaters telling your family and
friends Happy Holidays! Your little one’s first birthday? Put them in a cute shirt that says so! These are all perfect
examples of when writing is great on clothing during your session.
-Wear colors that are naturally occurring in the environment. Going to the beach? Blues, whites, khakis, even greens and
blacks are all great colors to wear. Going to the park? Greens, yellows, tans, blacks, whites are great too! You don’t
all have to wear the same color, similar color tones are perfect. You want your family to be seen as a whole, colors
unite well. Exception? Definitely, let the kids stand out with complimentary colors to what you’re wearing.
-Wear something you don’t mind getting a bit wet and sandy or dirty. Being in the South Bay, so many sessions are down
at the beach, especially Manhattan Beach with it’s amazingly beautiful pier! But at any beach, we WILL get in the water near
the end of our session. Your kids WILL get wet! And guess what, you’ll probably get a bit wet too! We may even sit down in
the sand, you will probably have sand in your pockets. And that’s OK!
Bring some extra clothes for the kiddos for the car ride home, or bring towels.
I want each of my clients to look back fondly on their portrait session each time they look at
their portraits. When I see my clients around town, the kids remember how much fun we had at the beach,
and Mom remembers what a great time they all had too.
These are what memories are made of!
Here’s the Roan family having a great time, and getting a bit wet, in Manhattan Beach under the pier