I hate keeping secrets, so the last few months have been hard for me. I have found myself at a place I am familiar with. I am no longer working solely at Sara Cote Photography.
Last fall, an opportunity came to me that I just could not refuse. Wells Vehicle Electronics had a need for a commercial photographer and I was the first person on their list. I jumped at it. For the last 4 months, I have been working hard at keeping everything straight. I think I have been doing am ok job at it.
The future of Sara Cote Photography is stronger than ever. There are some new things on the horizon. Keep watching here for updates!!
What to wear Tips & Tricks
This is my number one most asked question! What should we wear? I have experience in this myself! The little one doesn’t want to wear this shirt, or Dad doesn’t think he looks good in this color. It can be a pain!
If you’re stuck, ask for help!
Many stores offer free styling assistance in picking out clothing! I also love helping my clients choose their outfits. Just text or email me photos of different possibilities and we can solve the puzzle together!
START WITH ONE PERSON.
It’s way easier to visualize the whole image once you have one outfit set! Try starting with mom or daughter, since women’s clothing tends to have more colors and prints. Once you have one outfit put together, build off of that one outfit. Incorporating colors from to each outfit. This will bring everyone together. It does not have to be the same color. It could be shades of one color or complimenting colors.
COMPLEMENT, DON’T MATCH.
The day of all white shirts and khaki pants are long past (Except maybe at the beach!)! Images look great with complimenting colors! Colors that generally complement each other, for example, cool colors (light blue, gray, blush) or warm colors (brown, orange, burgundy) draw in colors from the background to make the image stronger and more appealing. If you want colorful images, then you should choose a more vivid color scheme for your outfits! If you need help, look to your favorite flowers for inspiration! Nature is great at complementing colors!
Don’t make things more complicated than they need to be! All you need for an awesome family session is one outfit for everyone. Changing outfits will take time away from your shoot and can put your kids in a grumpy mood.
So how do we choose our colors?
CONSIDER YOUR HOME DECOR.
If you’re planning to hang your images in your living room that’s decorated in all white, you probably don’t want your clothing to be dark. If you’re hanging them in a colorful nursery, then wear vivid outfits. If you have a color theme in your home, that color in your photo would tie into your décor!
CONSIDER THE LOCATION OF YOUR SESSION.
If we will be photographing in a field in the fall, chances are the field will be brown. Complementing colors of browns are oranges and reds. If we would be photographing in a green area, purples and blues would work well.
PLAN FOR THE WEATHER.
Nothing is worse than being miserably uncomfortable in a perfect outfit. If you’re planning an outdoor session in November, think about coats, gloves, and hats. In the summer, dress in layers that you can easily take off if you get too hot. If we would still like to photograph outdoors in the cold or the rain, keep your warm coats with you!
DON’T FORGET SHOES!
These are often the forgotten last element, but they can really make or break your outfits! If you can’t find shoes you love, consider going barefoot (just bring walking shoes to get from point A to point B). Steer away from athletic shoes and bright white sneakers. Keep in mind uniformity, if one person is barefoot, ideally everyone should be barefoot.
TRY ON YOUR CLOTHES WELL IN ADVANCE!
Check your outfits from all possible angles in the mirror, not just the one you like best. Try sitting, squatting, leaning forward, etc. The kids’ clothes should work well in motion so that we can play during your session (think flying, tickling, and hanging upside down).
LET THE KIDS HAVE INPUT.
If your daughter hates wearing dresses, don’t force her to wear one for picture day. If your son thinks that bowtie is uncomfortable, ditch it. Happy kids make for happy photos!
MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF ALL!! BE COMFORTABLE!!
If you or your children are not comfortable, it will show in your images. Steer clear of itchy sweaters, tight shoes, or “I don’t like that color” shirts.
SAY YES TO:
COMFORT If you feel good, you will look good! Choose clothing that gives you freedom of movement, keeps you warm/cool, and won’t require a lot of maintenance throughout your session.
Add some visual interest to your images with unique fabrics. Some examples: lace, cable knits, chambray, tweed, herringbone, chambray, faux fur, wool
Don’t be scared of patterns and prints! They can work great in moderation. Try one statement piece (for instance, a colorful floral dress for mom) and one subtle pattern (maybe tiny polka dots for baby girl), and then keep the rest of the family simpler.
LAYERS AND ACCESSORIES
These are the quickest way to take your outfits from average to amazing! Think scarves, blazers, cardigans, belts, jewelry, fun socks, and hats.
We don’t want your clothing to be too baggy or too tight. Properly fitted clothing looks put together and will show your shape. For women, your upper half and lower half should be balanced: so for instance, blousy shirt + skinny pants, or tight shirt + flowing skirt.
Try to steer away from current trends, since they’ll date your photos 10 years from now.
SAY NO TO:
BRIGHT WHITE (exceptions may apply)
LOGOS & TEXT
TINY PLAID & COMPLICATED PATTERNS
SAY YES TO:
maxi dresses, fitted tops tucked into long skirts, A-line dresses/coats, skinny jeans, cardigans, blazers, scarves, ankle boots, riding boots, fitted tunics,
SAY NO TO:
strapless, sleeveless (unless you love your arms), low-cut shirts, baggy clothes, chunky knits, cheap/flimsy fabrics
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blazers, chino pants/shorts, button-downs with sleeves rolled up to elbows, sweaters layered over collared shirts, dark wash jeans, leather shoes/boots, cardigans
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short-sleeved polos, short-sleeved button-downs, baggy shorts/pants, athletic shoes, cargo shorts, white t-shirts
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everything listed for mom, plus these optional accessories: headbands, hats, bows, rainboots
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visible diaper/underwear (try shorts for under dresses), neon, athletic shoes or character shoes
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everything listed for dad, plus these optional accessories: suspenders, bowtie, caps, high-top sneakers
SAY NO TO:
tank tops, neon, visible diaper, athletic shoes or character shoes (Disney, etc.)
Boy have I been busy! Lot's of things happening at Sara Cote Photography. Tons of little projects going on. One of which is Blogging! Some times I feel like blogging is like a healthily diet. You know you should do it, and you do. But then you forget and before you know it, too much time has gone by since the last time you blogged. Or worse still, you last blogs made you sound like an idiot... That happens to me a lot.
This year, I am going to jump on the blogging wagon and see how well I do! Here we go!
I love photography. It is the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of when I go to bed. I am constantly reading about new gear, technic, other photographers and their experiences, what is new in the industry, what new photo products are out there, what is trending, and all to bring it back to you! Over this past year I have been asked several questions about myself and my business. I am going to attempt to answer them here on my blog.
And the one today is, What happens if your business closed?
I cringe at this thought. I can't see the future. I wish I could! Then I could say with absolute certainty that I will not close. But lets explore this for a second. Because this is important.
I interviewed for an assistant photographer position with a local photographer. In the weeks leading up to the interview, I showed my portfolio, shared my knowledge of photography, and shared my experiences in photography trade school. I finally got to have an on the job interview. I gave the best input I could on everything. This photographer showed some errors that only another photographer would notice. In some ways he was rude to me. But I didn't take it for more then face value. During breaks we would take more extensively. But all the conversations would lead back to, "how do I know you're not going to steal my clients." This was the farthest thing from my mind. At the end of the day, the photographer looked at me at told me to yet again write another essay on why I wanted to be a photographer.
I love photography! I graduated from the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2009. I enjoy photographing portraits of people being themselves. I wanted to be a National Geographic Photographer when I was a kid. Although there is still time, maybe I can still be!
Currently, I am the owner of Sara Cote Photography in Elkhart Lake, WI. I also Photograph for Cote Imaging which photographs race days at Road America, and I am a product photographer for Wells Vehicle Electronics.