Spring Mini Session
Roberts Recreational Area
10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611
Roberts Recreational Area is an 87-acre area that is saturated with tall California Red Woods. It's quiet, peaceful and one of the best places for photoshoots! One of our favorites!
2. TONES & COLORS
1. CHOOSE COMFORT OVER LOOKS
3. MATCH VS COMPLIMENT
We typically encourage neutral tones. This doesn’t mean just creams and browns and grays. There are neutrals for every single color! Instead of green, go for a soft forest green. Instead of red, go with a deep maroon. Instead of yellow, go for a mustard yellow and so on. We've found creams, reds, and blacks look the best in a redwood forest. Since the background is mostly dark green and brown, wearing neutral tones help make you pop and the focus is primarily on you, not your clothes.
Bright fluorescent colors dont really inspire us since we typically shoot in earthy natural settings, and they end up becoming more of a distraction which is why we recommend to stay away from them.
Skin tone and your outfit go hand in hand. We want you to wear colors that compliment your skin tone. We find that bright reds, oranges and pinks can affect the way your skin tone looks in the photos in a negative way. So if possible, stick closer to tones that will help your skin tone flourish naturally. Neutral tones.
Our favs for the forest: creams, blacks, forest greens.
Often times if you're uncomfortable, it'll show in the photos. We want you to not just show up to take photos, but to have an amazing experience! Since we'll be shooting in the Bay Area, it can get cold randomly! We often times encourage our clients to bring a jacket or sweater that can keep them warm throughout their time there. Even if you don't choose to wear one during the shoot, it can be nice to have one so you can wear before and after! And yes we all love them LAYERS! Adding small things like a beanie, fedoras or even bringing a blanket can go a long way. So our first suggestion, make sure you feel comfortable, because that translates into more confidence for you!
Complimentary is good. Matching is bad. When people match, they tend to blend together too much, ending up looking like a big blob in photos.
Complimentary means the variety of colors, textures, accessories, patterns, and tones all sing together while there is still separation from each of the subjects and the background. As an example, if a couple both wear white sweaters, they may begin to look like there is no separation. But wearing tones that are different but compliment, will help each to stand on their own as their own person in the photo. The same applies for families. If all members are wearing the same color or pattern, they all begin to blend together. If you do come wearing the same color, we do our diligence to create spacing in the photos so you can easily see the difference in each person.
OVERALL - BE YOURSELF