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Outfits Not Just Clothes ...
What to Wear for Family Photos
By Bernadette Ulsamer

Whether you’re a newly engaged couple, or in need of pictures for your annual holiday card, the autumn season is a great time to schedule professional photo shoots. There’s just something about capturing fall foliage in the background that makes photos feel classic, no? However, it can be quite a pain figuring out what to wear. Whether you opt for a park, a pumpkin patch, or visit a photographer’s studio, here are a few tips on dressing for professional pictures.
First off, what type of portrait do you want? Something casual, formal, or themed? Of course, if you’re going to be outside, it’s more practical to go for relaxed outfits. If you’re in a studio or are working with a decorous backdrop, you can dress up. If these are holiday cards, do you want to have everyone wear festive attire? Once you decide on the style of picture, you can start to figure out your ensemble.
Regardless of theme, it’s best to stay true to your personal style and wear something you’ll feel comfortable in, especially for outdoor pics. If you tend to wear jeans every day, then wear them for your photos. Just be sure to avoid anything too trendy, like distressed denim, and opt for a darker wash, which photographs better than lighter shades.
Same goes for the rest of the family, make sure everyone’s jean choice is unstained, untorn, and err on the darker side. Regarding shirts, stick to solid colors, as patterns tend to look too busy. Depending on your skin tone, pale people should opt for rich jewel tones, so as not to appear washed out. Darker skinned people look great in both vibrant hues and pastels.
If you decide to dress up, do not buy new clothes the week your pictures are scheduled. Suits and dresses often require a bit of tailoring to give you the best fit, and a better fit equals better pictures. If new clothes are what you're set on, buy them a month or two beforehand to give you time to have them altered. This also gives you and yours a chance to “road test” them. Try everything on and move around a bit. Make sure everyone has the right shoes, belts, etc. If you’re wearing clothes you already own, still “road test” them and make sure everything is clean and fits. Also, please, do not buy a dress in a smaller size several months in advance in the hopes that you’ll lose weight for the photos. Nine times out of ten that doesn’t go so well.
Themed photos run the gamut of everyone wearing the same colored shirt, to everyone in matching Christmas PJs. It’s up to you, but consider how you’ll use the picture. Is this going to hang in your dining room? Or be the photo for cards you are sending to everyone you know? Or, a picture for your elderly aunt? Not all themes or spoof poses are as funny as you think they are — looking at you, pregnant belly painted like a basketball. Photos announcing major events like engagements and births should lean toward classic instead of comical. Sure, you can have a few outtakes, and try different goofy poses, but be mindful of how your theme will age with time.
Some general tips — make sure haircuts are at least two weeks old before the photos to give them time to grow out a bit. Practice your smile in the mirror and try different angles. Take a few selfies to see how your outfit, hair color, makeup, etc. look in pictures. Whether you end up standing, sitting, reclining against a tree, or leaning against a gazebo, make a conscious effort to keep your shoulders down away from your ears. Many of us tend to shrug a bit when we smile big, so be mindful of your shoulders. Lastly, ask to look at the photos during the shoot. With digital cameras, you can see the results instantly. If you’re not happy, ask for retakes. These are your pictures, your family, and your money.


 
Autumn Fest and Car Show Planned at Divine Providence Hospital
 

UPMC Susquehanna’s City Hospitals Auxiliary Autumn Fest and Car Show is slated for Sunday, September 24 on the hospital grounds at 1100 Grampian Boulevard in Williamsport. Activities run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and include hundreds of cars, special exhibits, food and fun for all ages.
The car show will take place in the hospital’s main parking lot. Vehicle registration will be available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All makes and models are welcome; registration is $5 if pre-registered online, or $10 the morning of the event. Awards will be offered in many categories and will be announced at 3 p.m. 
The Autumn Fest will feature craft vendors, a pumpkin patch with hayrides, and games of chance. A raffle will also take place with the winners being announced at the conclusion of the day’s events.
New this year, the Susquehannocks, the local chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), will be holding a “show within a show” in the Wenner Building lot. In the past, the Susquehannocks held their own show in July on the grounds of Lycoming College. The Susquehannocks will offer special awards to cars wishing to be judged, and AACA members will present information on their organization, membership, and judging processes.
Proceeds from the event benefit UPMC Susquehanna’s Heart & Vascular Institute.
The Autumn Fest and Car Show are part of a weekend full of activities at Divine Providence Hospital. The Autumn Fest 5K will be held Saturday, September 23 with the race starting at 9 a.m. For more information on the Autumn Fest 5K or to register, visit UPMCSusquehanna.org/Events.
For more information about the Autumn Fest and Car Show or to pre-register your vehicle, visit DivineAutumnFest.com.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
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