What should I wear?

Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear but it doesn't need to be. Use these tips to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family.

1. Coordinating colors NOT matching

The days of everyone wearing the same white shirt and matching are long gone. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in the same color scheme.

2. Look at your home decore

Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.

3. Don't forget accessories

Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.

4. Limit patterns

Personally, I enjoy having an outfit in the mix that has all the colors in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.

5. Look for clothing collections

When shopping for clothes for my kids, I head to stores that typically have color coordinating collections. I can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. I know their clothes will coordinate.

6. Plan ahead

Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or need to be dry cleaned.

7. Say no to characters

Yes, your little one may love their Paw Patrol shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.

8. Avoid all white or all black clothing

If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black.

9. Textures are your friend

I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don't shy away from different textures.

10. Consider your background

If you are taking photos in front of a backdrop, consider what your are wearing. If you are wearing white shirts on a white backdrop or black shirts on a black backdrop it will appear that your heads are floating.

11. Think classic

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.

What should I bring to the shoot?

Items to Change Your Look & Appearance

Changing the way you look during a shoot will help keep the photos from looking like they were all taken on the same day.

Items I’d suggest bringing include:

  • make-up
  • comb/brush
  • hair ties & rubber bands (so you can wear your hair in different ways)
  • hats
  • jewelry
  • glasses/sunglasses (but do not wear sunglasses before your shoot or you may end up squinting or with watery during your shoot)
  • anything you think might make a neat prop or look interesting in a photo.
  • snacks for children
  • Bottle and pacifier for baby
How long after the shoot will I receive my pictures?

1-3 days after your photo shoot you will receive a sneak peek of your images sent to you via email by a website called Pixieset. Depending on the season, the type of photo shoot, and the length of the photo shoot you will receive your photos on average of 1 week.

** Weddings can possibly take up to 2 months

What is the best time of the day to have a photo shoot?

Morning: This is about an hour and a half directly after sunrise. While portraits at this time may be difficult to rouse you out of bed, you won’t regret your photos. Band portraits would be ideal at this time because the light will highlight the texture and shape of instruments. Children’s portraits also are great in the morning because you can spend more attention on interacting and capturing them, than on the light.

Evening: This is the hour and a half around sunset (about 45 minutes before and after). The light at this time can be fairly bright but gorgeously directional. Engagement and wedding photos are gorgeous at this time, facilitating perfect rim light on a bride’s veil, or rim light on the wedding party. It also is the perfect time of day to capture some romantic lens flair.

All Day if...

It is not raining and the sky is cloudy but brightly overcast.

How do I order prints?

I order my prints from the top print labs in the United States. These prints are sharp, bright and colorful. Please contact me so I can help you choose the right finish and size that best suites you.

Do you offer wall art and framing?

Jenna Marlene Photography enjoys taking your family photos and turning them into fine art on your walls. The importance of hanging photography well cannot be overvalued. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your home or office, a well-presented fine art photograph can certainly help. Lets sit down and put together a set that will make your wall pop!

Do I need to bring props?

I always love when families bring their own props to add to the images but this is certainly not required. I have plenty of props available. If you are looking for a specific prop please do not hesitate to ask. I might just have what you are looking for tucked away.

What do I need to do to have a successful photo shoot with my infant or toddler?

Bring plenty of snacks, drinks, bottle, pacifier, favorite blanket/stuffed animal, toy and your patience. I've been working with children for over twenty one years and although they can be unpredictable, I am always patient, caring and up for the challenge.

How do I look 10lbs slimmer in my photos?

3 Secret Tips To Look 10 lbs. Slimmer in Every Photo

Twist a little

Stand a little sideways and twist your waist by turning your shoulders towards the camera. This is a great angle to help anyone look slimmer and is sometimes referred to as a "Quick Tummy Tuck". Standing at just an angle will always be more appealing for any figure, rather than just standing straight on.

Turtle neck

I promise that even the skinniest people can get what I call Awkward Neck Syndrome (ANS), I see it all the time! The next time you are in front of a camera, push your neck and forehead towards the camera a little bit. Kind of like a turtle sticks their neck out. This feels awkward, but from the camera's perspective it doesn't look awkward, instead it lengthens and minimizes any chance of a double chin. Wha-lah!!

Pull your hair forward around your neck

This trick is weird, but it really helps you to look much slimmer. Pull your hair forward, as much as you can, around your neck to hide any double chin or neck wrinkles.

We all deserve to look our best in our photos and not have to suffer from ANS!

Why print with a professional?

Why Print With A Professional?

Are professional prints really better? Why can’t you just print all your professional pictures at the local walmart or walgreens? This is a great question and one that we hear quite often. So what’s the big deal about getting prints from a professional lab? Well, here are a few reasons why professional prints are better.

  1. *Better skin tones** The look of skin tones on your images is very important to the picture. We’ve found that many times images printed on lower quality machines can make the skin look either too orange-y or too ash-y. However, when you’re getting your images from a professional lab, your skin tones will look exactly like the photographer edited them. Healthy, alive and real! This is because the professional labs calibrate their machines multiple times per day to make sure the colors are just right. Other printers don’t.

  2. *Better paper** When ordering professional prints, the paper your images are printed on is a much higher quality paper and professional labs do everything they can to get the most color out of the paper they can. This results in more vibrant true colors in your prints.

  3. *More options** Most printers that can be found at retail stores will only have one type of paper and a few sizes to choose from. However, when working with a professional, you will find that if you choose, you can print your image on many different types of papers and get some very large sizes like the 36” x 48”.

  4. *Last Longer** Retail stores do not put a protective finish on your prints to make sure they stay just as bright and beautiful 150 years from now.