What to Wear in Your Seattle Family Portraits - Poplin Style Can Help

What to wear for family photos? Mellicia will help you. My wonderful friend and business buddy, Mellicia Marx is the owner of Poplin Style. She empowers people to live their best lives, embracing fashion as a beautiful way to explore and express personal identity and creativity.

After you scroll through these photos I just took of Mellicia’s family, head over to her blog and read this: 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing What to Wear in Family Photos

On the morning of Mellicia’s family photo shoot, I was soooo beyond excited to see what she would be wearing when I showed up at the King Street Station in Pioneer Square. This family is stylist AF so my camera and I were EXCITED. Clothing makes a HUGE difference in family photos, taking images from good to great. Most of my clients take time to plan to outfits before their shoots, sometimes sending me photos of the clothes laid out on the bed the night before. I get lots of emails asking what to wear and my best advice to is to check out our outfit advice blog post, study photos on our blog and ask Mellicia at Poplin Style. haha

For Mellicia’s photos, I LOVED how her bright orange blouse brightened up all the photos, which were taken against monotone backgrounds (marble and cement). The boys were in rich dark blues which also made them POP off the lighter colored backgrounds.. Yummy for eyes because the clothing not only communicated this family’s individual style but it made them stand out. When taking photos, I’m always looking for ways to shine a spotlight on the people; sometimes it’s literally the light that is shining on them, making them brighter than everything else in the photo, sometimes it’s putting negative space around them so they are standing inside of a frame and sometimes it’s great outfits that catch us like eye-candy. Enjoy scrolling through the beautiful photo collection and seriously, email Mellicia if you want help with looking and feeling fabulous at your next photo shoot or just in life in general. She’s bomb and you can’t be around her for long before you feel bomb too! ;)

LOVE & HAPPINESS
Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Time of Year: November
Location:
King Street Station, Pioneer Square, Seattle
Activity: Exploring the Train Station

Getting Great Family Photos When Kids are Screaming, Snotty-Nosed or Moody

“You were excited to see pumpkins ALL morning and now that we’re at the pumpkin patch, you suddenly hate pumpkins! WTF?” Typical two year olds. haha If this happens to you at your photo shoot, don’t worry. Parents and us family photographers know this phenomena well. These days I’m really not phased by anything kids throw my way. Kids can cry, scream, run away (ok, the running away is the toughest) and hide behind their parents the entire time and I still always get something usable. No, realistically, we’re not going to end up with the same abundant collection of images as if you’re kids were smiling little angels that day BUT we always get something and by something…I mean a handful.

In the history of the Happy Film Company there have been a few photo shoots that were so tricky and sucky because of bad lighting, bad attitudes or bad luck that we only ended up with a couple photos that were good enough to pass my high standards test. In these situations, we offered the families a redo photo shoot. So yes, this happens BUT 95% of the time your kids can have total meltdowns and we still get a ton of good photos.

There’s a sneaky art to getting good photos out of a shitty photo shoot experience.
It’s all about:
A) snapping the photos when the kids grabbing a breath in between screams
B) patiently charming the children until the open up or relax…even just a little bit
C) Stepping back and becoming an undercover photographer, like a sniper in the distance so parents can sooth and play without camera pressure
D) shooting so quickly that screams look like smiles or laughs lol
E) embracing the chaos and taking the best meltdown photos in history; capturing all the snotty noses and crossed arm scowls —- fine you’re gonna be like that? then we’re gonna get it all on camera! ha!

So parents, never fear. I got your back and you’re photos are gonna be beautiful.
And photographer friends, keep practicing and never let a rough shoot get you down. It’s about finding the little openings of light shining through in the storm and catching them quickly. Families will appreciate your positive eye and quick reflexes! ;)

Let me know if you have any questions.
LOVE & HAPPINESS
Chamonix

Photographer: Chamonix
Activity: Pumpkin Patch Mini Sessions
Location: Oxbow Farm in the Snoqualmie Valley (my homeland)

Play Music on a Boombox During Family Photo Shoots to Stay Upbeat

I carried my boombox in my back pocket for the first time at a family photo shoot and it totally rocked! The music made the whole afternoon more fun for me - it felt more relaxing and playful for me, less like work. Sometimes waiting for families in between mini sessions I feel bored or impatient and the music really kept my mood lifted. This is great because I want to be in my best mood for photo shoots. Happy photographer = happy clients = happy photos!

Plus, for the first time, when Alexis, this cutie pie little girl asked for music I was able to deliver! In the past, parents have pulled out their phones and played the kids classics but this time, I got to have the music power. This is ideal because I want to keep parents in the ‘I’m just here to play’ mindset and not give them tasks, especially ones that make them pull out their phones. My photo shoots are all about personal connection and time together away from technology and clutter so obviously, no phones thank you. So this time, I got to play tunes FOR THEM and I let Alexis hold the boombox and that brought a big smiles which made me really happy. Oh and my boombox is orange so heck yes to staying on brand!! :)

When you book a shoot, you can request favorite music on your booking form now! :)
LOVE & HAPPINESS
Chamonix :)

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Oxbow Farm, Snoqualmie Valley WA
Activity: Pumpkin Patch Mini Sessions