Some thoughts on making the most of your family photography session.
Dress it up.
I send tips on dressing and Pinterest links to help you, but choosing clothing helps determine the kind of images you will have. Soft and elegant? Chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues.
Fun? Choose coordinating bold colors like hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents. Add scarves, headbands, hats, or a prop like a flag. Some families have their hair and makeup professionally done. Whatever makes you feel most put together and true.
The best lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise, but I am able to shoot at any time of day. Many families come to a photo session and schedule dinner after.
If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot. I encourage drinks to be brought especially during the summer when we are meeting outside. Blankets and mittens if it’s the winter.
Most teens dread the family photo session and some dads too, but I work fast and keep things moving. Most are pleasantly surprised. I’ve yet to be overwhelmed by a toddler either. I chat and interact with your children to get natural, gorgeous smiles. It really is painless and worth any anxiety for the time together and amazing photographs. If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other your smile will be natural. Knowing this will be shared with your grandchildren, you will be so glad that you gave this time to your family.
Have fun with your family.
Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Kiss your spouse on the cheek or whisper how much you love them Have fun. Laugh. Snuggle. Play. This captures emotion and relationship – your love through my lens.
Incorporating an activity that the family loves to do together is an easy way to do this. When we meet at a park and the kids run or play that’s one aspect, but making something like a campfire is another. Its’ something to do with your hands, engages everyone, and brings an authentic smile to your face. Do you cook together? Let’s make something. Do you love to read together? Bring some books. Love to play board games or cards? Plan to play a round of cards during your family photo session. Other ideas include: bike riding, hiking, picnics – families that are engaged will have authentic photographs that reflect who they are. This will make the most of the photography session and celebrate your family to create images you love.