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Preparing for your photoshoot

A well prepared photo shoot saves time, money and tears (if you have young children!) .....

Things to think about;

* Your clothes.   You will want to feel comfortable, but look good. What are your favourite colours? How can you combine your look? How do you colour co-ordinate as a whole family. This should always be your first consideration. I always advise to limit yourself with 3 to 4 colours maximum and work with a colour palette that compliments rather than clashes. Use a few neutral colours as a base, if you want to add a pop of colour (reds or strong blues work well here) or stay neutral and play with blues, beiges, greys and white. Denim is always a great base for a casual shoot.  Be careful adding prints, too many and visuals will get too confusing. One or two in the same colour palette can look great in a group shot however.

 

Check out my Pinterest board for more what to wear visual ideas!

 

* Choose a location that you know, you like or that inspires you. It all helps to create the memory of life in Brussels. Think about your backdrops, or let me lead you on the day. Do you like nature, graffiti, urban, simple? This can help you to make the decision where to shoot.

For location ideas in and around Brussels, check out my latest blog post here

 

* Watch the weather. Bring warm or cool enough clothes, and an umbrella if its looking unpredictable (after all this is Brussels!)

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* If you are a family with young children, think about things that will keep them occupied. Having a ball, skateboard, bubbles etc all adds to the atmosphere on a shoot as well as keeping kids happy and occupied. If the weather is good bring a blanket and turn it into a picnic. Oh and don't forget to bring snacks and drinks!

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* Arrive on time, well actually plan to arrive a little early. You never know how the traffic in Brussels will be, or the squeeze to find a parking space. You want relaxed and calm looking photos, not frazzled and drawn.

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And then we'll just have fun, creating some awesome memories!