Abbe Foreman: Family Photography with a Fashion Flair
With a background in fashion, Abbe Foreman Photography will help your family look their best, from styling to posing.
As families start scheduling fall photo sessions and planning their holiday cards, one question that often comes up is wardrobe. You don’t want to look too matchy, but you want your families’ outfits to complement each other. You want to look special, but also like yourselves.
With a background in fashion photography, Abbe Foreman has been helping her clients look like their best, most authentic selves for years–even if she has to wear a monkey hat to get the job done.
Foreman got her start at Philadelphia Style magazine, and has also had work appear in InStyle and Vogue. When she shifted to shooting families and other personal moments (she does engagement, weddings, and maternity as well), she found that her “fashion flair” was what really set her apart in the wide field of photographers.
When a family is planning their session, Foreman sends them a detailed style guide, including suggested colors, styles, and even what not to wear. If families need a little more guidance, she is not hesitant to coach them a little more. She has found that clients really appreciate the guidance, and the results. “Everyone loves the way they look, and the poses I put them in are much more flattering for their body types,” Foreman explains.
Foreman’s style has been called vibrant, and most importantly: authentic. “I pose people, but my biggest thing is getting that genuine smile that doesn’t come from strict posing,” she explains. While she will also do a traditional posed photo—the “grandma picture,” as she cheekily calls it—she finds that the photos that really show who a family is, come from a more playful and relaxed approach that lets her subjects open up and feel comfortable.
For anyone who has tried to take photos of their kids, you know how difficult it is to get kids to smile, let alone all look in the same general direction of your camera. “Families will email me and say ‘I can’t believe you got my kid to pose,’ but I’m also acting like an idiot with a monkey hat,” Foreman told us. She uses what she calls a “kid wrangler belt” with everything from squeaker toys to, yes, a monkey hat. She is not afraid to get silly, and the results speak for themselves. “You see the emotion in the pictures,” Foreman explained.
Making the shift from shooting fashion to shooting families years ago was a big change, but ultimately, one that has been much more rewarding. As Foreman has formed client relationships and done their family photos year after year, “you watch them grow. It’s so heart-warming. My ‘why’ is just happiness.”
Photographs by Abbe Foreman.