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Childcare Photography Adelaide TipsEvery week during the school year I visit childcare centres and kindergartens across Adelaide to photograph hundreds of children enjoying their preschool years.  I often get asked, what should I dress my child in for their photo day?  The whole idea of creating preschool photos is to show your child in those formative years prior to school and with  a little bit of wardrobe planning for your photo day,  you will end up with fantastic photos you want to put on your walls!

With well over a decade as a professional portrait photographer, I’ve put together a list of suggestions, to help you select your child’s wardrobe.  If you read no further, remember these two points: Stay true to your child’s personality and consider comfortable clothing for the day.

Staying Comfortable on Photo Day

During your child’s photo shoot it’s important they are comfortable in their clothing. Ensure buttons don’t pucker if selecting a shirt for photo day.  In most cases photos are generally “from the waist up”, meaning that children’s pants or skirts rarely feature in the photographs.  Don’t worry about sending your children to childcare in their newest shoes, they won’t be in the photos. Choose a hairstyle that will be comfortable for your child and will keep their hair out of their eyes.  Whilst we don’t groom children on photo day, if we feel a child hairstyle needs attention, we will always check with an educator prior to taking photographs to ensure they are looking their best.

Choosing Clothing

Before pulling out every dress your daughter owns (or getting online and finding that dream outfit you always wanted an excuse to purchase) consider your home decor.  It may sound like a strange place to start, but you may want to display your child’s portraits around your home. If you want a classic look to remember their preschool years – consider clothing with texture – knits and single colour patterns work wonderfully for boys and girls, block colours and collars draw your attention to your child’s face.

For a timeless look, it’s best to choose clothing without branding or logos, it’s just not going to stand the test of time on your lounge room wall.  Having said that, many of us have children who would spend their life in “dress ups” (my youngest included!) and if this is the personality of your child and you want to reminisce on how care free they were before heading to school, then their favourite superhero costume can bring out their spirited personality and make you smile every time you look back at their photos over the years..

Colour Selections

When guiding families regarding colours for group portrait sessions, my advice includes avoiding bright and bold colours when there are a group of people being photographed together.  These bold colours can be overpowering and the portrait session is about the people, not the clothes.  Childcare portraits are a little different,  it’s a portrait of your child and for many children bold colours look fantastic!  On photo day, I’m always considering what a child is wearing and what backgrounds will compliment the child’s attire to make the child the star of the portrait, it’s something I do instinctively after many years of photographing in kindergartens.  If you are a family with more than one child at childcare and you are choosing to have a sibling photo taken, lay the kids clothes out together on the bed in the days leading up to photo day.  Are they cohesive?  Does any one item of clothing jump out at you?  If so, change it for another item that blends with the mix.   Classic colours that work for both genders are cream & beige, both light and dark grey tones, blues, greys and dusty pinks.

 

Above all, don’t let choosing your child’s photo day outfit become overwhelming.  If you (or your child) have a particular outfit already chosen for their childcare photos, go with it – your child’s smile will win everyone’s heart –  Every. Single. Time.

 
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SPLS 2017 Sports DaySchool Sports Day 2017 – well done Neumann!  Another fantastic school sports day with lots of colour, competition and most of all, team spirit.  The photo gallery is full again this year with lots of action shots from the day.  Parents are welcome to download their favourite photos from the day.  Please refer to the school weebly to get the password and access the images.  This gallery will be available until Friday 5th May 2017.  See you all again next year!

 
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affordable-wedding-photography-adelaideWhat a way to welcome in the New Year!  I knew this wedding would be something special right from the start, Mr & Mrs S had chosen a wonderful location as their backdrop for their special day.  I traveled to the Clare Valley to spend the first Saturday of the New Year with this couple (and great family which I’ve had the privileged of getting to know over the past few years), and I loved every minute!  It was a warm day – the mercury sat between 39-41 degrees all day, but by chance we had some awesome cloud cover to save the day and help create some stunning wedding portraits for this wonderful couple.

clare-valley-wedding-of-the-year-2017Nikita and the girls got ready at Negals Retreat – a hidden gem of the Clare Valley.  The accommodation is brand new and I was spoilt for choice with great light to create the girls portraits.  I’m putting this place on my list to visit the first chance I get!  All the bridal party photos were taken within sight of this property, amongst the vineyards and the stunning roads that seem to go on forever – I could not have asked for more.  A special mention to the cars – these guys were happy to help in any way they could  – accommodating and professional all day long.

south-australia-wedding-in-the-vineyardsThe boy prepared at the ceremony location – The Clare Country Club.  The Willow trees on the waters edge created the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and the function room and food were second to none.  If you would like to view the amazing photos of the wedding day, please visit our gallery here – you will need to brides maiden name as the password to access the images.  If you have any trouble, please email me info@photoplaystudios.com.au for assistance.  Thanks again for allowing me to share your amazing wedding day with you both – I loved every minute!

 
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Affordable wedding photography in AdelaideThis stunning couple tied the know this week with an intimate group of family and friends to witness the ceremony.  Thanks for inviting me to share this special day with you both!  To view the images from Mr & Mrs R’s wedding day you can visit the gallery here.

 
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What to wear to a family portrait session

Preparing the family for your portrait photography session

One of the most time consuming tasks in preparing for a family portrait session is getting the families clothes ready, it’s not a decision you want to be leaving until the 11th hour.  With careful planning and consideration, you will be setting your family portraits up to be timeless, something you will admire for years to come.

Creating your family portraits is important – lets face it, you finally got your hubby/partner to agree to being photographed, a little bit of planning for your portrait day will go a long way.  I’ve put together a list of suggestions, to help you select your family wardrobe.  The most important thing to remember is to stay true to your families personality as your photos will hang in your home for many years to come.

Before pulling out every dress your daughter owns (or getting online and finding that dream outfit you always wanted an excuse to purchase) consider your family decor.  It may sound like a strange place to start, but you are going to display your family portraits around your home, a cohesive look and feel in your portraits will stand the test of time in the living areas of your home.  You want a classic look and not a “moment in time” to remember that your son was a mad keen ninja turtle fan.

Staying Comfortable

During your photo shoot you are going to having fun as a family, snuggling and giggling with your kids.  Make sure your clothing choices for the whole family are comfortable.  I’m not suggesting you wear your yoga pants but please ensure you and the kids can move comfortably in your clothes.  Ensure your buttons don’t pucker, it’s just not flattering and if you are a little self conscience about your weight, wear sleeves that at least come to your elbow.  Your arms take up more skin area than your face, drawing attention to them.  Keep your jewellery simple so it does not detract from your face, wear a “normal” amount of makeup and if you are planning on having a haircut, arrange to have it done 2 weeks prior to your photo shoot.  On the day, choose a hairstyle suitable for the conditions on the day.  You don’t want to be constantly fighting the wind with stray hairs over your face for your beach family portrait session.  If you plan on a spray tan, please don’t overdo it as you will end up looking too orange.  If you have very young children, I would suggest forgoing the spray tan altogether, children have very fair skin and its quite noticeable if mum decided on a tan for the photo shoot…not a good look.

Choosing Clothing

Lets start with shoes.  You can put the most adorable outfit on the kids but if you don’t give consideration to their shoes and throw their everyday sneakers (which didn’t get cleaned after a trip to the river last weekend) on as you are walking out the door it can spoil the outfit.  You don’t need to purchase new shoes, however please ensure they are clean and neat prior to your session.  If you are having a photo session in the studio – forget the shoes altogether – we use flokati rugs etc and the kids look great in bare feet.  Please choose clothing without branding or logos, it’s just not going to stand the test of time on your lounge room wall.  If you have little girls (under 2) in your family and you plan on putting them in a dress, consider how the dress sits on them when they sit on the ground.  In most cases it’s best to put a cute little nappy cover on them as inevitably we end up with the most beautiful smile, but they have not yet learn’t “how to be a lady” and we end up with them flashing their nappy – spoiling the shot.

Colour Selections

Clothing colour choices make the portrait and you want them to be a non issue.  Avoid bright reds oranges, neons and hot pink (any bright colours really).  These can overpower and the portrait session is about the people, not the clothes.  Choosing solid colours, muted tones and similar tones for both tops and bottoms works great, it’s easier to see all your faces and no individual person stands out. If you chose a white top and dark pants, it will make your top look bigger, the reverse will make your butt look bigger.  It helps to choose a base colour and then build one or two accent colours from there for your group portrait – you want clothes that go well together but don’t exactly match.  Knits photograph well and collars frame the face.  Its a great idea to “google” family portrait photos and scroll through the hundreds of photos  – you will soon see what images you are draw to and which images don’t suit your family style.  It also helps to show you a visual of which colours and tone work well together.  Classic colours that work for both genders are cream & beige, both light and dark grey tones, blues and greys.

I hope this info has helped narrow down your family clothing choices for your upcoming portrait session.  So long as no-one turns up in a neon spacesuit or paisley “onesie” you will look great!

 
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Adelaide Hills Wedding PhotographySo much fun!  This wedding was a blast.  I met the girls in the city for their photos, followed by the boys at the Belair Country Club.  To view all the photos from this stunning wedding, please view the gallery here.

 
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Adelaide Botanic Gardens Wedding PhotosLoved spending the day with this great couple – so much fun!  Thanks for letting me tag along on your wedding day and capture all the fun, excitement and odd happy tear.  To view the highlights gallery be sure to take a look here.

 
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Belair Country Club weddingVibrant colours, stunning handcrafted details and lots of happy smiles for the wedding of Mr & Mrs R last weekend.  This couple sure knew how to throw a party!  From the moment guests arrived, they knew they were in for a wedding to remember.  The boys arrived in style in 2 Ford Mustang’s, the girls choosing a Combi van to deliver them safely to the wedding.  With plenty of laughs, lots of beautiful afternoon sun and a group of people ready to have a great time, the photo opportunities were endless!  If you would like to view the highlights gallery, we would love you to take a look.  Gallery Here!

 
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Adelaide Hills wedding Photography Monarto Zoo wedding photos Wedding Photography Adelaide HillsIt was a great day at Monarto Zoo for Felicity & Ray’s wedding. The bridal party of 12 had a blast, the boys keep everyone amused with a long list of jokes throughout the day. The ceremony was conducted Algate Ceremonies on the giraffe platform.  Guests were treated to a beautiful ceremony with giraffes and zebras creating a unique backdrop.  Thanks for allowing me to spend the day with you both!

To view more images from the day, please visit our online gallery.

 
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Adelaide wedding in Rundle Mall Bride prep photos Grooms Wedding Prep PhotosEvery single detail was perfect, not a thing out of place, this was a dream wedding!  The creative photos were all taken in the heart of Rundle Mall – so much fun.  Our bridal party of 12 provided entertainment to lots of Saturday afternoon shoppers.  We had giant balloons filling the sky as Adriana and Seth danced for a crowd of well over 100 onlookers.  A spontaneous kiss erupted a cheer from the crowd, the atmosphere was electric, creating many beautiful images.  Of the hundreds of photos from the day, I’ve created a gallery of a few dozen to show you what a great time we had.  This is a wedding I’ll never forget!  I’d love you to pop over to the gallery to view Adriana & Seth’s wedding day. T