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What to wear for a family beach shoot in Grand Cayman

10 Tips for What to Wear in Family Photos

So, you have booked your professional family photoshoot in the Cayman Islands and your departure date is coming closer. When you start packing for your vacation, don’t forget to plan your family’s wardrobe for your upcoming photoshoot. 

Deciding what to wear in a professional photo shoot can seem daunting, as these are photos you are going to send to your family, use on Christmas cards, share on social media and hang on your walls to treasure for years to come.

It is therefore no surprise that as a Grand Cayman Photographer one of the most frequently asked question by my clients is “What should we wear for our photoshoot?”. But don’t worry, I got you covered! Here are a few simple tips to give you some inspiration on what to wear for your upcoming photoshoot in the Cayman Islands. 

01 I Be Comfortable

The most important thing to remember is to be comfortable and dress in something you really like yourself in. If you are trying to squeeze into your favourite dress from 10 years ago or you are wearing that beautiful top that is really scratchy, the discomfort is most likely going to show in your images. 

This is even more important when dressing your little ones. Regardless of how cute that little outfit is, if your kids are not comfortable they will certainly make it known throughout our shoot. 

By keeping it comfortable, easy and relaxed, we can spend our time together capturing your family connection without wasting time tugging on uncomfortable clothing. 

02 I Nature As Your Colour Inspiration

In Grand Cayman, with the incredible 7-Mile beach at our door step, most couples and families opt for a beach setting for their shoot. 

Many people still associate beach photos with an all-white wardrobe. While white is absolutely one of my favourite colours, choosing a colour scheme that is inspired by the natural surroundings can take your pictures from good to great! That also means instead of everyone wearing the same colour, try to coordinate your colours to compliment rather than match each other. 

When choosing your colours draw your inspiration from the beautiful colours of the ocean, sunrise or sunset. Neutral and pastel colours, such as soft pinks, cream, light blues, soft greens and white all photograph extremely well, as they blend effortlessly with the natural elements rather than competing with them.

03 I Think Classic

Hopefully your family photos will be hanging on your walls to be treasured for years to come, which means you want to consider your home decor to ensure that the colours of your clothes seamlessly blend with the colour scheme of your home. By choosing classic styles and colours you will also ensure that your images have a  timeless feel.

04 I Limit Patterns And Avoid Neons

Solid colours always photograph well as there's no risk of distracting from faces, interactions or the beautiful Cayman Islands scenery.

Avoid too many patterns, large logos or cartoon characters in your (and your kids’) wardrobe selection, as they can become a distraction and overpower your images. When in doubt select one patterned outfit for a single person in the family and then pull colours from that pattern to dress everyone else in coordinated solid colours. 

Similarly, avoid neon coloured outfits as they look extra bight once edited and create an imbalance between family members. When choosing your hues, rather tone it down and chose a more neutral colour, e.g. instead of a bright pink, chose a "dusty rose" colour instead.

05 I Add Textures 

I am a big fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs it is nice to add textures like a dress made from soft, natural fabrics that drape and flow - these make for beautiful images that give a sense of lightness and motion.

06 I Accessories Welcome 

Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos too. especially for kids - a pretty necklace to play with or hats to hide behind does not only make for cute pictures, it can also serve as an ice-breaker and fun game for me to interact with your kids.

07 I Leave Your Shoes Behind 

You have so much to think about your wardrobe, at least your shoe choice won’t be one of them. We are going to walk, run and jump on the beach and possibly even the sea, so simply  plan on being barefoot as shoes (even sandals) in the sand aren't practical or comfortable.

08 I The Extra Touch 

This is by no means necessary,  but certainly a nice-to-have. 

If you have the time and extra budget available, ladies, invest into having your nails, hair and make up done. You probably only do these photoshoots every decade or so, which means you will be looking at your pictures for a very long time, so you want to look at them and feel fab. Especially for engagement, couple and maternity shoots, it’s worth having pretty nails and make up for those beautiful close-up shots of you and your partner. I love working with my friend Sally, who does very beautiful hair and make-up to enhance your natural beauty and make you glow. She travels to your hotel or condo and charges very reasonable rates. Take a look here.

09 I Swimming Optional 

If you have plans to visit one of our fabulous restaurants here in Grand Cayman after your photoshoot, bring a change of clothes and a towel, especially for your little ones! You will inevitably get a little wet and sandy from running on  the beach and the waves splashing.

Want to hop in the ocean at the end of your session? YES PLEASE! You can hop straight in or bring a swimsuit to change into and take a real dip. Images taken in the water can be absolutely magical and the warm and crystal clear waters in the Cayman Islands will leave you all warm and fuzzy.

10 I Plan Ahead

Once you book your session, start thinking of your outfits too. So, if you are out shopping, you can pick up clothes or accessories that work with your chosen colour scheme as and when you see them. If you wait until the day before your shoot, you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty or nothing matching. 

If you are coming from the USA, you are lucky as most retailers offer colour coordinated collections, which means you can buy all or at least your kids’ clothes from one store and know that you will be perfectly coordinated. 

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What to wear for a family beach shoot in Grand Cayman
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