Portrait Guide

Portrait session tips, wardrobe suggestions, location recommendations & more!
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family portraits at currumbin gold coast maternity
We are looking forward to working with you on your upcoming portrait session.

Preparing for family portraits can feel a little overwhelming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way! That’s why we created this guide to help you with everything you need to know and do to make your portraits a success. From choosing the best location, to choosing your outfits, to having fun on the day, we’ve got you covered with tons of tips and advice. Let’s get started!

Gold Coast Portrait Locations

Our Favourite Portrait Locations

We have narrowed down all the amazing locations on the Gold Coast to three of our favourites that will suit all types of portraits.

The Spit

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Pizzey Park

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Ormeau Hill Park

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Best Time For Portraits

One of the most important aspects of planning a portrait session is the time of day. Generally, you will get the best results for you family photos if utilise “golden hour”. This is the last hour of the day before sunset and it is during this time that the sun is the most dramatic and flattering giving you the best results.

What To Wear

Choosing your family portrait outfits is all about creating a cohesive look that flatters everyone and enhances the photos. Think coordination, not matching! Choose solid colors or subtle patterns in a shared palette, layering textures and pops of personality to avoid a flat feel. Remember, comfort is key – relaxed smiles shine brighter than stiff poses! Let’s unlock your family’s photogenic best, one outfit tip at a time!

What To Wear – Maternity

Your maternity photoshoot celebrates a beautiful chapter – and your outfit should reflect that! Let’s explore some tips to dress for dazzling photos that capture the radiance of you and your bump.

Here are a few tips for picking the perfect outfit for your maternity session:

  • Embrace the bump! Flowing fabrics: Maxi dresses, empire waistlines, and soft knits gently skim your curves, accentuating your beautiful belly without clinging. Think airy chiffons, romantic ruffles, or cozy cashmere for a timeless touch. OR Form-fitting finesse: Show off your confidence with bodycon dresses or fitted tops that hug your bump. Choose stretchy materials for comfort and pair them with high-waisted bottoms for a balanced silhouette.
  • Comfort is Key: Prioritize ease of movement: Choose clothes that allow you to relax, bend, and pose comfortably. Opt for natural fabrics like cotton or linen, and avoid anything too tight or restrictive. Shoes that sing: Flats, wedges, or sandals ensure comfort and add a touch of personality. Keep heels for shorter sessions or studio shots if you feel confident and steady.
  • Think about location: Dress for the setting! Flowy fabrics for the beach, cozy knits for autumn foliage, or a chic jumpsuit for urban vibes.

What To Wear – Families

Family photo sessions are a time to create lasting memories. But what should you wear? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with style tips for every family member!

  • Cohesive Colors: Think palette, not matching: Choose a range of 2-3 complementary colors – earthy tones like browns, creams, and greens for outdoor shoots, or blues, whites, and pops of yellow for a coastal vibe.
    Avoid busy patterns that clash or compete. Instead, opt for solid colors or subtle prints that let everyone’s personality shine through.
    Comfort & Confidence:
  • Dress for the occasion: Consider the location and activity. Flowy dresses and chinos are perfect for picnics, while cozy sweaters and jeans work well for winter sessions.
  • Feel good, look good: Choose clothes that fit well and make everyone feel confident. Ditch anything too tight or restrictive – happy smiles are the best accessory!
  • Plan ahead: Discuss outfit ideas with the family beforehand to ensure everyone feels comfortable and coordinated.
  • Accessorize thoughtfully: Keep jewelry simple and avoid anything that might snag or distract.

Most importantly, have fun! Relax, be yourselves, and capture the joy of being together. Those genuine smiles will make the best photos of all.

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