Summertime can be especially sweaty and the last thing you want in a family portrait or wedding album is hot, red faces, sweat and pit stains. So how can you make sure you and your loved ones are looking cool and comfortable for your portrait session?
Lots of water. Water helps to hydrate but cold water also can keep you cool.
Keep it shady
Try to photograph in the shade if possible and if you must be in the sun, try to use an umbrella or a towel to keep the sun off in between shots.
No one likes to apply sunscreen, I know this. Especially not little kids. But it’s better to be safe than sorry and I’ll tell you a secret *I didn’t wear sunscreen on my wedding day and the pictures taken later in the day show a definite red coloring on the back of my arms and neck. Not so attractive!*
Wear comfortable, season appropriate clothes
Taking pictures for your Christmas card in July? Please don’t force your kids into woolen sweaters! If you’re going for a timeless, classic look you can still wear long sleeves, but keep the fabric light and breathable. Skirts are usually lighter than pants so keep your girls in cute sundresses and light accessories. Boys can wear clean shorts and still look very handsome!
Check out my Pinterest board for great outfit ideas!
Keep cool and you’ll look cool
The biggest part of making a photo shoot successful is the attitude. If you’re happy and calm, it will be a million (yes, one million!) times easier to capture a great moment than if you and your family are stressed and angry.
Avoid the heat wave
Try to schedule your session for early in the morning or later in the evening. With it being summer there is more time for the sun to be out so there’s no need to take pictures at high noon. Not only will you be more comfortable, but the lighting will be much better too.