Meet the Vieiras, a wonderfully warm, authentic family I had the privilege to photograph recently!

I have to confess I am not a huge football fan. The day before the shoot, however, when APOEL was playing I did watch the match and was really excited to see Vander’s team win!

What I would like to talk about in this post is styling! “What should we wear?” This is the question most often asked before a family photo shoot. Mom is ready and often willing to buy a whole new wardrobe for her family to look their best, but is that necessary? What does the family wear? Over the years, I have come up with my favorite answer. I tell the mother to wear what she feels most beautiful and comfortable in and have the family compliment her. If mom feels comfortable and beautiful, her confidence will translate in the photos. And instead of buying a whole new wardrobe, maybe there is an accent piece she can buy for the kids! I also give the mother a moodboard containing sets of matching colours. Since I know beforehand the environment I will be shooting in, I also expect which colour clothes will combine best. In this case Carol chose colours from the purple moodboard, which compliment beautifully with green leaves and yellow stone walls, and create a subtle accent in front of the brown patina wooden doors! Also, simple accessories, like the boys’ knitted scarves, go a long way to add texture in the photographs. Finally versatility in this kind of shoots – where changing clothes can be a bit impractical – is really important; notice, for example, how Carol tied it around her waist, thus creating a totally new look!


With love,
Alexia