Boston Portrait Photography | Why Should I Style My Portrait Session?

"What do you mean by 'style our photo shoot'?" To style a photoshoot means to plan out and design your session. Styling could include clothing, accessories, props, anything used to create a look.

"Why do I care?" Styling sets the tone. The items we choose to style your session with each contribute to the look and feel of your portraits. Styling brings everything together, and gives the expression and posing context. It can add drama, or keep things light and fun. The important thing is to be creative, and have fun with it.

We wanted to create an "end of summer" feel here. The sun is setting behind her, she has a cozy blanket wrapped around her shoulders, but she still has her yellow summer hat on.

We wanted to create an "end of summer" feel here. The sun is setting behind her, she has a cozy blanket wrapped around her shoulders, but she still has her yellow summer hat on.

We chose a pale pink, desaturated color scheme to enhance the ballerina theme we chose for this precious newborn baby girl

We chose a pale pink, desaturated color scheme to enhance the ballerina theme we chose for this precious newborn baby girl

This girl was crazy over tutus, so we chose to put her in a floor length pink tutu, and place her amidst the hydrangea bushes. The framing of the branches  creates a feel that the viewer is catching a genuine moment while this girl is in her own world, dancing among the flower maze.

This girl was crazy over tutus, so we chose to put her in a floor length pink tutu, and place her amidst the hydrangea bushes. The framing of the branches  creates a feel that the viewer is catching a genuine moment while this girl is in her own world, dancing among the flower maze.

"How far should I go with the styling?" It can be as simple as choosing a neutral color palette and stopping there, or as elaborate as renting the perfect headband and fringe to fit your Gatsby theme. Keep it simple and genuine, or bring a detailed creative vision to life.

If this is your family portrait session, and you are trying to stay true to your personal style, then the styling should reflect your personality. If you are all about bright, bold colors, then we may start with a colorful location. If you like a muted, desaturated palette, then we may start with understated colors on a monochromatic background.

Style tip for your session: Think coordinating, not matching. Instead of looking to match each other in similar outfits, think of dressing yourself from head to toe, and spread that theme throughout the family outfits. What other accessories and colors can you throw in to go with the theme?

The small pops of red in her high heels and red lipstick were just enough to pull this photo together. We were trying to create a story with elegance, simplicity, relationship, and emotion.

The small pops of red in her high heels and red lipstick were just enough to pull this photo together. We were trying to create a story with elegance, simplicity, relationship, and emotion.

This autumn newborn was perfect for the apple picking theme we chose. We found the apple basket first, then stuck with the fall color scheme, and added real apples for detail impact

This autumn newborn was perfect for the apple picking theme we chose. We found the apple basket first, then stuck with the fall color scheme, and added real apples for detail impact

For this high school senior, we wanted to keep the look simple, but still cute and girlie, to focus on her gesture and expression.

For this high school senior, we wanted to keep the look simple, but still cute and girlie, to focus on her gesture and expression.

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