Family Portrait Style Guide - Keri Cooper | Kauai Wedding Photographer



April 14, 2021

Family Portrait Style Guide

Kaua’i Family Photography Style Guide | Photography by Keri Cooper

Taking photos can be intimidating, but I promise you there is nothing to fear! My sessions are laid back and super easy. Think of it less like a big formal shoot, and more like a few friends hanging out and getting some great pictures while we’re at it.

It’s the perfect way to connect with your loved ones and you will be amazed how enjoyable these sessions can be. 

So don’t stress – This is going to be EPIC!

First off, if you’ve never had photos taken before – It’s going to be waaaay easier and more fun than you probably expect! In fact, I do as much as I can to avoid any cheesy poses or awkward moments. We’ll start off by just hanging out for a couple minutes – to get a feel for each other and settle into our location. 

Once we’re ready to take a few photos, it’s all about you guys interacting and connecting in whatever way is natural to you. I’ve got a handful of favorite activities that will give you guys something to do and get the interactions started.

Every family is unique, so your session is really totally up to you. If you have ideas for an epic location or fun activity I’m 100% down to go with the flow.

Most people think a photoshoot is going to be awkward, boring and full of fake smiles. The truth is your family portrait session is about capturing the REAL you. So bring your genuine self, and we’ll capture some amazing photos together.

No cheesy poses required. 

Find a color palette that you love and choose outfits that complement each other without looking too matchy-matchy.  Everyone will have a unique look without clashing in the photo.  You can choose to do neutrals with a few pops of color or a softer palette that have different shades of the same color.


  • I always suggest that the woman choose an outfit she feels confident and beautiful in. Then plan the color palette from there
  • If you have a fun patterned outfit you would like to use, limit it to one person. That way they will pop and still coordinate.  Multiple patterns can look busy, and this way they won’t be competing with one another.
  • Add dimension and interest by mixing up the texture of the clothing material and accents.
  • Feel free to bring cute little accessories such as scarves, sunglasses, lei, hats, belts and basically anything with a fabulous texture. Accessories can pull together an outfit and make it look complete. 
  • Keep our backdrop in mind when choosing your clothing. If we are on a beach, aim to dress in clothes that are light and flowing. If we are surrounded by foliage and jungle leaves, layering in textures is a great option.
  • Most importantly, be sure to wear clothes you feel comfortable in. Your confidence will really shine through in your photos!

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