Preparing For Your Fiji Family Photography Shoot

Wondering what to wear or how you should prepare?

You’ve booked your Fiji family photo session and you know it’s a worthwhile investment, especially because you’re all going to be together in paradise (and you really want to capture those moments!). As you go to pack your suitcase, all of a sudden you blank out. What do we wear for a Fiji photo shoot?!

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. When you book a family shoot with me, I will send you a “Style Guide,” which is a 30+ page magazine-style PDF full of photos of examples, guidance and inspiration that will answer all of your questions. 

In the meantime, let me give you a few pointers from my perspective:

  1. Pick something you feel comfortable and confident in, that flatters your shape and isn’t too baggy (it could blow in the wind)
  2. Dress nicely, this elevates your final result so much.
  3. Don’t forget the shoes, or just kick them off on the sand!
  4. Lay everyone’s outfits out on a bed before you pack and make sure it all looks nice together.

Not sure what to pick? Here are some tips:

First of all, think “coordinating” rather than totally matching your clothing. This means choosing a color palette for the family members to work within, rather than having them all in one color. It looks great in photos. Color can add interest and life to your photos.

Having a color palette works well and encourages people to coordinate their clothing.  For example, you could choose a neutral like beige, gray, denim or white, plus a brighter accent color such as blue, green, rusty orange, etc .  Then the family members just mix and match what they already have in these colors instead of everyone trying to perfectly match.  Look for coordinating colors that have the “vibe” you’re going for.

The main thing is to avoid conflicting colors that clash.  You should also avoid T-shirts that have loud graphics or text on them as this is distracting.  Patterns are fine as long as they coordinate and the pattern is larger than a small coin (sometimes smaller patterns or tiny stripes/plaid look strange on a digital camera). 

For a woman, I would recommend a flowy dress that is fitted at the top and waist, or some other outfit that has definition (maxi dresses or baggy clothes without fitted areas don’t look very flattering on the beach, especially when the wind blows them – you don’t want the potato sack look). If you’re self-conscious about your arms, find a dress that covers them up.

Choose something you feel comfortable and confident in. You may find a tropical “Bula” dress or shirt in Fiji that fits with your color palette and you can go with that! (But bring a backup just in case you don’t find the perfect thing). 

As I end this post, can I please, please just beg you to bring plenty of sunblock on your trip? Nothing will ruin your family photos like terrible sunburns and drastic sunburn lines revealed by an off-the-shoulder dress! 

As you plan a shoot with Island Encounters Photography, feel free to run your outfit choices by me and I can tell you what I think, or answer any other questions you may have. Your Fiji shoot will be relaxed, fun, and may even end up with you wading in the ocean! Regardless, you’ll go home with some amazing images that capture your family in Fiji so that together, you can remember paradise forever.

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