5 photography hotspots in Amsterdam

Whereas you are visiting Amsterdam and want to bring beautiful photos back home thanks to a vacation photoshoot, you are newlyweds on your honeymoon and want to fix a moment together in time or want to spend quality time with your loved one and capture this forever during a family session, Amsterdam has plenty iconic locations to offer. The perfect place for a fantastic couple, family or solo professional photo session.

Here are a few very nice and cozy locations where to wander around, shoot wonderful photos and build unforgettable memories.

1. Brouwersgracht, Melkmeisjesbrug, Papiermolensluis

 

The Brouwersgracht is an Amsterdam canal that connects the Singel with the Singelgracht. The canal marks the northwestern boundary of the ring of canals.

Not only Brouwersgracht is a beautiful area to wander around, it also offers a lot of different photogenic spots and backgrounds.

2. Prinsengracht, Prinsensluis and Leliesluis

 

From Papiermolensluis you can continue on Prinsengracht, one of the most well-known canals in Amsterdam, the third and outermost of the three main canals of Amsterdam.

Prinsengracht offers many typical spots as well but also hidden gems.

To find them, make small detours and pay a visit to the little side streets and perpendicular canals aside.

3. Reguliersgracht

 

The Reguliersgracht, literally the “regular Canal”, is a charming and bucolic canal bordered by trees and punctuated by lovely bridges which offers a great perspective in the background.

4. NDSM wharf

 

NDSM Wharf is a former shipyard located on the banks of the River IJ in Amsterdam Noord. This spot is the perfect playground for a creative family photoshoot or an urban solo session, but also a romantic couple or industrial wedding photoshoot! It also offers trendy cafes and terraces for a small briefing with your professional photographer before your photoshoot or a nice break after your session.

Family and children Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
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5. Vondelpark

 

Vondelpark is a green gem in Amsterdam city center’s hart, a perfect location for a bucolic photoshoot with your loved ones, especially for a family session with the kids. There are of course plenty of green and natural background available, with little bridges and lakes but also playgrounds for the children which can offer a lot of opportunity for great shots

And it is also the perfect place for a little break on the grass or a picnic!

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Famile Sessie Robert Frikken - Vondelpark Amsterdam 22 Mei 2019 - Melanie Lemahieu (28) - Copy

4 tips to get the most of your lifestyle on location corporate photography session and showcase your brand

Having a personal image bank of your brand and your business is primordial. Professional lifestyle branded images are essential instruments, they are versatile assets that you will need to strengthen your online presence, to communicate and interact with your clients on social media such as Facebook or Instagram, to enhance your website, to promote and showcase your products and services. Using stock photos will never allow you to display and showcase a personal, unique and branded image. 

Here are a few tips for a flawless lifestyle corporate photoshoot.

 

1- Brainstorm and plan how and where you want to use your photos

Consider how you plan on using your images and prepare a list of photos you want to be captured. Will the pictures be used for social media communications, marketing and promotion on your website or on a brochure? Will they illustrate a newsletter or an annual report shared with your clients and partners?

Do you need your service, your product, your staff, or your amenities to be highlighted?

Make a list of all the items, people, places you would need to photograph and how you need them to be presented. Be as detailed as possible.

The presence of a person or some people on a photo can quickly convey emotion and allow a viewer to be engaged and relate to your service or product. You may want behind the scene photos, photos of your collaborators busy, interior photos with happy staff members, students or customers to showcase your company and amenities, photos of your product or service in use, so lifestyle images of your product in situation. Or do you need a sharp and neat single product image, or maybe flat lay photos? 

Among others, here are a few useful questions you may ask yourself during your brainstorming:

What uses I want to make of my images?

Where do I want to use my picture? On a website banner? On Instagram? For marketing collateral?

Who are the photos addressed to? 

What is the story I would like to tell?

Which message and feeling I want to convey? 

What is particularly great about my performance and my audience? 

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2- Create a mood-board

Gather images that correspond to the content or style you are looking to create.

You can find inspiration on the internet, for example on GooglePinterest, or stock photos webpages as Shutterstock

Also think about the tones and color palette that can be associated with your brand and that together with the composition and style of the images, will convey the right feeling and mood. For example a calm feeling with soft and pastel tones or a playful dynamic look with bright and sharp images etc.

It is always a good idea to play and match color tones, here is a great tool to explore trendy color scheme and play with complementary tones.

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on location food photography with vegan sweet cake and desserts on pink and green background, Vegan Sushi Bar Amsterdam

3- Prepare the photoshoot. Build your team

Whether you would like lay-flats to present your product, situation and atmosphere shots to showcase your product, services and your activities, you will need to plan and if needed make arrangements for the location and with your models.

 

  • Location:

will you use your own premises or do you need to use a private or public location? Will some pictures need to be taken a particular event, a product launch for example?

In any case, using a building if it is not your own will require a proper authorization that will grant you the right to use the premises for the shooting as well as to commercially exploit the image of the property appearing on your photos. This can be agreed upon with a property release.

Once you have determined the location, think about the background, making sure it is neat and tidy, that any disturbing elements are when possible removed or hidden. It is indeed easier and quicker if they do not appear on the photos at all than to have them removed at post-production.

 

  • Light/time of the year and the day:

Are you shooting inside or outside? What will the weather be like? Depending on the time of the year, remember to check when the light is optimal, in the winter days are shorter, in the summer, avoid bright day at midday if you want soft calm light and wait the end of the day when reflection and shadow are not so hard than in the middle of the day.

 

  • People:

You may need customers or staff members to appear in your photos to showcase your activity, your products, or services. Whether you appoint professional models, or within your network, asking your staff members, loyal customers, your family and friends to act as a model, each person who can be recognized on the photo will also need to authorize you to use his or her image, this can be done signing a model release.

 

  • Clothing/accessories:

Now that you have the location, the mood board, color tone(s) that can be associated with your brand, you can make sure that your models wear outfits with tone complementing the agreed color palette.

Same with the accessories and props. Accessories can help you convey a message and enhance the style and atmosphere of your photos.

For example, you may also need to create seasonal content that will be used at several specific time of the year, so for instance, have some Christmas props available even if the shooting is held in the summer, in order to take a shot that will be used later on for your Holiday season campaign.

As for the clothing, you will also need to consider the styling and color tone of your props. You can ask help with styling to your photographer or if the budget allows, hire a professional stylist who will art direct the shooting.

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4- Plan the technical details

 

    • Image size- aspect ratio

Do you need a particular aspect ratio for your image? Depending on the publication, do you need portrait or landscape orientated photos, 16:9 for a website banner or maybe 1:1 square photos for Instagram for example? 

This is also something you should think about before the shooting and add to the list.

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    • Negative space

If you are planning to use your image on your website for advertisement, a magazine cover or a brochure, make sure to plan some space on your photo to add a text, a logo, a title or a button. For example a plain area like the ground, some blue sky or a wall.

    • Animated images

Would you like photos that are animated when the users are hovering over the image or would you need gifs? You also should add this in your briefing so your photographer can prepare and direct the shooting accordingly.

 

If you need help to organize your professional lifestyle photoshoot, I would be delighted to discuss your project with you, please do not hesitate to contact me!

5 photography tips to highlight your event

  • Think about how you plan to use your photos and prepare a shot list and briefing for your photographer

 

Before the event, consider how you plan on using your images and prepare a list of photos you want to be captured. In other words a “shortlist”.

Will the pictures be used for social media communications, marketing and promotion on your website or on a brochure?

Will they be shared with your clients and partners? Will they be used in a report for your sponsors?

 

Of course, you will want photos of the highlights and key moments of your event and for sure happy attendees interacting. However also think about future publication, reporting or promotion. More general abstract shots that highlight and showcase your brand may be used at a later stage on your website or marketing communications. 

Among the items that you may want in your shot list are the speakers, important attendees, key players, preparation, signage, logos, partners and sponsors, décor, food, full room views, group photos or candid photos.

Be as detailed as possible, illustrate your list with headshots of the people who need to be photographed, so your photographer is able to prepare the shooting and take the right equipment, stay on track and do not miss any images you need. If there’s anyone who would prefer not to be photographed, make sure this is also specified on the list!

You can also include a timeline of your event, a map of the venue and examples of photos you like in your briefing, this will help your photographer to understand your needs and prepare the shooting.

Do you need a special format for your image, depending on the publication, do you need portrait or landscape orientated or maybe 1:1 square photos? This is also something you should add to the briefing

Among others, here are a few useful questions you may ask yourself in order to build such a list:

What uses I want to make of my images? 

Who are the photos addressed to? 

What is the story I would like to tell?

Which message and feeling I want to convey? 

What are the moments I need to capture to illustrate the story I want to tell? 

What makes my event and/or venue stand out? 

What is particularly great about my performance and my audience? 

What key moments and highlights are likely to occur and how can I make sure the photographer is in the right place at the right time to capture the action?

  • Capture your specificities, unique moments, emotions and highlights of your event

 

To convey your message and your values, tell your story, to build your image and to stand out, you will need to get eye-catching visuals, unique and strong emotional instants rather than random nameless images. If elements and people that make your event unique are included in the shots, your image will stand out and show the specificity of your event. Another great way to convey emotions and engage your viewers is to get shots of your event from for the audience’s perspective, with the attendees ‘eyes. Your viewers will then turn into active participants.

  • Pay attention to the lighting

 

It is wise to check the lighting with the venue technicians before the event. Good light condition is indeed a key to produce high-quality images. If your venue is poorly lit, it will be difficult to obtain great images without using external lighting (flashes). If the stage lighting is weak or there is not any lighting, the speaker will most likely be in a “backlight” situation when standing in front of a bright screen, the use of a flash will then be unavoidable which can also be disturbing for the speakers and the audience. 

There is a huge difference between photos captured in a room or on a stage poorly lit and photos taken with proper stage lighting which, additionally to the better quality, will give also enhance the emotions and bring an extra dynamism and dramaturgy to your images.

If your event is taking place outside, in case of a very sunny day, you may want to place the stage in the shadow so the speaker would not be either counter light, or over lighted with unflattering hard shadows and squeezed eyes. 

Even if some lighting issues can be corrected during editing, it will never be the same quality as when the light is right from start. 

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  • Take both candid and staged photos

 

You will probably need both spontaneous shots for your marketing or publications on social media as well as more formal and staged shots maybe to print and give to the attendees or for official press releases. No matter what are your initial plans, a variety of both candid and staged photos is useful. Whilst most corporate events will require a range of more or less formal shots of attendees, do not hesitate to be playful and creative, shots of participants having fun can also be worthy. Not all the shots have to be candid and stolen while the subject is not looking at the camera, shots can be staged and look natural still. For example, handshakes can be difficult to catch, often it goes very fast and one of the people may already look somewhere else already once pressing the trigger, which is less engaging, do not hesitate to ask people’s help and “stage” a spontaneous handshake! A professional photographer will be able to advise and guide you, you can trust his/her creativity!

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  • Hire a professional corporate event photographer

 

Hiring someone may seem expensive and it is tempting to save money on such costs but the best way to receive high-quality images of your event and highlight your brand is to trust a professional. Photos are a versatile asset and the best durable method to get exposed, share an experience and build your image; in the long run, it is an investment that will allow you to save time and avoid hassles. Hiring a professional event photographer will have many benefits, such as profiting from his/her experience, equipment and dedication. 

 

 

If you need help to organize the professional photography coverage of your event, I would be delighted to discuss your project with you, please do not hesitate to contact me!

The benefits of hiring a professional corporate photographer

You need to document your event, showcase your brand or capture a special milestone, but when it comes to finding a photographer it is tempting to spend less time and money and ask an amateur photographer relative or colleague to help or use your smartphone.

The question of the budget is often a headache and it can be attractive to call upon a colleague who has an affinity with photography and do not get me wrong, there is no question that an amateur photographer can also take very beautiful photos but before choosing an amateur rather than a professional photographer, weigh the Pros and Cons. when it comes to your most important moments and representing your business, saving a little money instead of hiring a professional isn’t necessarily worth it. 

 

So what are the benefits of hiring a professional photographer? Here are the top 5 reasons to invest in professional photography for your website and online social presence.

 

 

  • Education, extensive knowledge and experience

 

Nowadays cameras are able to produce very fine quality images. A professional photographer is well aware of this. This is why, even if he/she very likely uses the best possible professional equipment, he/she advertises the images he/she took, not the gear he/she uses.

But it is also very true that what even the best camera on the market doesn’t feature are experience and knowledge.

Experience and expertise are primordial and there is not any shortcut to it.

Not only your photographer has followed a proper training, thoroughly learning photography techniques and concepts, building up skills and expertise, he/she has also spent many hours taking pictures in various environments, exposed to many settings, lighting conditions and subjects and has been able to cope with many different situations.  He/she is able to adapt and act on-the-fly, ready to capture that unique moment.

He/she knows posing techniques, is able to guide large groups, and a crucial requirement in photography, he/she is able to master lighting techniques.

 

 

  • Adapted professional equipment

 

As already mentioned above, good gear without experience is not sufficient. Great expertise and high range professional set of equipment together will ensure you to get top quality results, visually and technically.

Your photographer indeed has invested in high-end equipment and knows how to use different top range lenses, multiple off-camera flashes, reflector, backdrop, etc.

Your photographer will know what gear to use to reach each specifically required result. In fact, he or she can be compared to any other professional as a mechanic or a plumber. Some of us may indeed own the basic tools and knowledge to perform some easy maintenance, but for specific tasks and results, the most efficient and time-saving way is to call a professional with the right knowledge and gear to effectively reach a proper result.

It is the same with photography, not only will you benefit from your photographer expertise but from his/her equipment as well. 

  • Professional software and editing skills

 

Your photographer has followed tuition and knows how to efficiently and neatly edit photos, he/she owns professional equipment, a computer with the right calibration and the latest software’s to reach high-quality results.

 

  • Content is king! Images are powerful assets that strengthen your online presence and represent your brand

 

Not only a picture worth a thousand words, now with the Internet, a picture is also the only valuable way to showcase your brand and enhance your organization’s online presence. 

Images can also help you to strengthen your presence online. Indeed, through Search Engine Optimization or SEO, optimized photos can help you perform better and be found more easily on the web.

Plus, the best way for potential customers to get to know your business is to show actual photos of your business to them, your team members, and your products or services.

Again, the cost of professional photography makes it tempting for companies to find a cheaper alternative, ask help from an amateur photographer or take photos themselves.  

But keep in mind that your pictures are a window for your (potential) clients and partners. Photos represent your business, your values and your brand. Whether it is to build your brand on social media or to highlight your product or services on your website or on a brochure, you want to take particular care of your online image and presence. 

Low quality and unprofessional photos of your official events, your organization and your staff, the products and services you offer will not convey the right image.

When it comes to successfully marketing and promoting your business, professional photos are a must regardless of the branch in which you work.

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  • Customer satisfaction, involvement and consideration of your needs and expectations

 

Your photographer as any other professional wants your satisfaction, he/she is totally involved and committed so that the best possible results are achieved. And this professional relationship will ensure you get professional guaranties in terms of service, quality and lead-time.

Your photographer has experience with visual requirements and will be able to determine your needs and ensure that your expectations are met. He/she will provide you with proper customer service and support.

Your photographer will make sure to discuss your requirements and needs before the photoshoot, paying attention to every detail, making sure no photos are missed, scout the location be very concerned about details.

Your photographer will also be here to support you after the shooting. She/he will perform further retouches if needed and be able to send you your photos again if unfortunately, you encounter a technical issue.

If you need any information or would like to discuss the possible options of corporate photoshoots, don’t hesitate to reach out to me

5 reasons to hire a professional photographer

You need to document your event, represent your brand, capture a special day, immortalize your wedding, or snap some family portraits, but when it comes to finding a photographer it is tempting to spend less time and money and ask an amateur photographer relative or colleague to help or use your smartphone.

The question of the budget is often a headache and it can be attractive to call upon a friend who has an affinity with photography, and do not get me wrong, there is no question that an amateur photographer can also take very beautiful photos but before choosing an amateur rather than a professional photographer, weigh the Pros and Cons. when it comes to your most important moments and memories, saving a little money instead of hiring a professional isn’t necessarily worth it. Here are the top 5 reasons to hire a professional photographer:

 

 

  • Education, extensive knowledge and experience

 

It is true that nowadays cameras are able to produce very fine quality images. A professional photographer is well aware of this. This is why, even if he/she very likely uses the best possible professional equipment, he/she advertises the images he/she took, not the gear he/she uses.

But it is also very true that what even the best camera on the market doesn’t feature is experience and knowledge.

Experience and expertise are primordial and there is not any shortcut to it.

Not only your photographer has followed a proper training, thoroughly learning photography techniques and concepts, building up skills and expertise, he/she has also spent many hours taking pictures in various environments, exposed to many settings, lighting conditions and subjects and has been able to cope with many different situations.  He/she is able to adapt and act on-the-fly, ready to capture that unique moment.

He/she knows posing techniques, is able to guide large groups, and a crucial requirement in photography, he/she is able to master lighting techniques.

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  • Professional adapted equipment

 

As already mentioned in the first point, good gear without experience is not sufficient. Great expertise and high range professional set of equipment together will ensure you to get top quality results, visually and technically.

Your photographer indeed has and knows how to use different top range lenses, multiple off-camera flashes, reflector, backdrop, etc.

Your photographer will know what gear to use to reach each specifically required result. Your photographer can be compared to a mechanic or a plumber! We may indeed all own the basic tools and knowledge to perform some easy basic maintenance, but for specific tasks and results, there is no question than to call a professional with the right knowledge and gear to effectively reach a proper result.

Not only will you benefit from your photographer’s expertise but from his/her equipment as well. If you need a particular set of lenses to reach a result, you may otherwise have to rent one.

  • Professional software and editing skills

 

Your photographer has followed tuition and knows how to efficiently and neatly edit photos, he/she owns professional equipment, computer with the right calibration and latest software, to perform high-quality results.

  • Customer satisfaction, involvement and consideration of your needs and expectations

 

Your photographer as any other professional wants your satisfaction, he/she is totally involved and committed so that the best possible results are achieved, even if this means not taking any break!

And this professional relationship will ensure you get professional guaranties in terms of service, quality and lead-time.

Your photographer has experience with visual requirements and will be able to determine your needs and ensure that your expectations are met. He/she will provide you with proper customer service and support, which you would not get with your friends or relatives.

But how can you be sure your photographer understands your needs and is professional? He/she will ask you if it is possible to meet, to scout the location, be very concerned about details and ask you a lot of questions to determine what you are looking for, which moments need to be captured, is there any group pictures needed, if so, how many people would there be on the pictures… he/she will send you some example, share a plan of action and make a “mood-board” with you, send you tips

 

  • The artist’s vision and touch

 

Finally, professional photographers do not only randomly capture snapshots, but they create a unique artistic image with a unique style, each photographer will place his or her own touch of creativity making your photos even more special and personal.

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Last but not least you can relax, not worry about a thing, concentrate on the important things and have some good time!

A dedicated professional photographer indeed has a cost but investing in the right professional for the right job is not something wise to save money on, particularly when it comes to your image and capturing your most important or precious moments.

Invest in images you will be proud of!

If you would like to discuss how I can work with you to create professional images for your corporate or private requirements, do not hesitate to get in touch!

5 Tips for a well prepared and successful couple photoshoot

A couple photo session is a wonderful way to capture a moment of complicity, whether you are a young couple who wants to crystallize his nascent love, a bride and a groom-to-be looking for original photos for their wedding invitations or wish to train before the photoshoot on the D-Day, or if you want to immortalize your marriage proposal, celebrate a dating or wedding anniversary or simply to share a good time. 

Ready for the romantic getaway? We now only have a final question to clear up!  How to choose your outfit for a couple photoshoot? Here are a few tips to prepare your session!

 

  • Choose comfortable and practical clothes.

 

Of course, you can wear anything you like! It can be a casual, chic, glamorous or formal outfit, it can be your preferred pair of jeans, a suit, a wedding dress or a tuxedo, etc.. as long as it is comfortable for you to wear and it reflects your personality!

If you are going to walk a bit between different locations, think about a spare backup pair of comfortable shoes.

 

  • Coordinate but do not match colors.

 

Coordinating is far better than matching. You can reach a cohesive look without wearing the exact same outfit with the very same matching colors. 

Instead, determine a color scheme; by choosing tones that complement each other, the images will indeed have a more harmonious and natural look. 

To do so you can select two main colors and then add softer tones to accentuate and complete your color palette. 

Also avoid too vivid/flashy colors as well as entirely white clothes items, as they often do not give a nice render. If you have to make a choice, pastel colors, neutral toning, earthly tones can never go wrong!

A great source of inspiration and help to coordinate colors can be found on Pinterest, you can also use this tool 

On location lifestyle couple portrait photoshoot Amsterdam
  • Pick out accessories to add style and texture to your pictures.

 

Adding accessories to your individual outfits, like a scarf, belt or hat for example, will bring variety to your shots but also strengthen the united and harmonious aspect of the images. 

For example, if one of you is wearing a blue and white tartan shirt, your other half can add a scarf with the same pattern to her/his outfit to create a more cohesive feeling

Also, think about coordinated umbrellas if your session takes place on a rainy day, it will pimp and color up your photos!

  • Avoid busy and distracting patterns and large logos

 

Clothes with disparate patterns or large logos can lead to inconsistent results and be quite disturbing. Heavy prints and abstract patterns can overpower your pictures. Avoid patterns that clash. You can, of course, however, choose one pattern element. In this case, again, please prefer soft tones

For example, a beige outfit with blue prints for one and a plain shirt in the same tone of blue for the other

 

 

  • Take the session location into consideration.

 

Another helpful point to consider when choosing your outfits is the location of your photoshoot.

Will it be in a park with a lot of shades of green, in the old city center of Amsterdam with a lot of brown and orange tones, in an urban modern neighborhood with a lot of vibrant graffiti’s, on the beach where there are plenty of neutral tones?

Pick a color scheme that will complement the background and not be discordant with the surrounding colors, but be careful not to fade in.

But most importantly, already have some fun styling your outfit and let your personality shine!

Here you can also find information about Amsterdam hotspots and a few tips to prepare your photo session and capture your best memories!

You can also have a look at a few additional couple photos captured in beautiful Amsterdam!

And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me!

6 Tips for a well-prepared and successful family photoshoot

When we immerse ourselves in our memories, these often include our family. It’s always a special time to look back at family photos. They are a fixed moment in time to cherish forever.

The clothes you wear for your photos are therefore primordial and well planned in advance, well-coordinated outfits will give harmony and a family spirit to your shots.

There are many aspects to consider when choosing your clothing. Coordinating your outfits is important but doesn’t have to be a headache! You only have to select a few key colors and textures to create a coherent look and close-knit family feel.

Here are some tips to prepare your professional photoshoot in Amsterdam!

 

 

  • Prepare in advance.

 

The earlier you plan your outfits, the less stress you will have, it is also wise to have several options to choose from so everyone is happy, particularly when you have children or teenagers to dress.

 

 

  • Choose comfortable and practical clothes.

 

It is recommended to wear something that is comfortable and that reflects everyone’s personality, more particularly when choosing the outfits of small children. If your kids are not comfortable, it may be a painful photo session!

  • Coordinate but do not match colors

 

You can reach a cohesive look without everyone wearing the exact same outfit. Choose colors that look nice together, but don’t fall into the trap that you all need to be wearing the exact same sweater. Your photos will be far more interesting with some variation!

Determine a color scheme; by choosing tones that complement each other, the images will indeed have a more harmonious and natural look. 

To do so you can select two main colors and then add softer tones to accentuate and complete your color palette. Each family member can then choose cloth items that include these color tones.

Also avoid too vivid/flashy colors as well as entirely white clothes items, as they often do not give a nice render.

Here is a grid that can help you mix and match colors:

A great source of inspiration and help to coordinate color can be found on Pinterest, you can also use this tool.

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  • Pick out accessories to add style and texture to your pictures.

 

Adding accessories to your individual outfits, like a scarf, a belt or a hat or even matching socks, for example, will bring variety to your shots but also strengthen the united and harmonious aspect of the images. 

For example, if a person is wearing a blue and white tartan shirt, adding a scarf with the same pattern to another family member’s outfit will create a more cohesive feeling.

Family Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
  • Avoid busy and distracting patterns and large logos.

 

Clothes with disparate patterns or large logos can lead to inconsistent results and be quite disturbing. Heavy prints and abstract patterns can overpower your pictures. Avoid patterns that clash.

You can, of course, however, choose one pattern element. In this case, again, please prefer soft tones, and make sure the element is not too present, not everywhere on all the clothes items of each family member but some hints here and there. For example, blue flower prints on mum’s dress, as well as on your daughter’s scarf, a blue shirt for daddy and a blue cap for your toddler.

 

 

  • Take the session location into consideration.

 

Another helpful point to consider when choosing your outfits is the location of your photoshoot.

Will it be in a park with a lot of shades of green, in the old city center of Amsterdam with a lot of brown and orange tones, in an urban modern neighborhood with a lot of vibrant graffiti’s, on the beach where there are plenty of neutral tones?

Pick a color scheme that will complement the background and not be discordant with the surrounding colors, but be careful not to fade in (avoid beige or ivory color tones when shooting on the beach, preferably choose for example marine blue with some white)

Family Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session
Family and children Photoshoot in Amsterdam, together with the family for a fun photo session

Once you have agreed on a color palette and possible patterns following the above tips, and each family member has been able to choose some clothing items, you can lay each family member’s outfit together to see how it actually looks together and determine if something is not right or something is missing!

But most importantly, already have some fun styling your outfit and let your personality shine!

Here you can also find information about Amsterdam hotspots and a few tips to prepare your photo session and capture your best memories!

You can find a few family photos captured in beautiful Amsterdam here too!

And last but not least, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me!