Preparing For Your Family Session

Preparing your family for family pictures can be so stressful so today I wanted blog about some helpful tips to make the whole experience as stress free as possible and hopefully more fun!

1) What to wear

My suggestion to clients is to pick out clothes that are comfortable and attractive, if you are uncomfortable it will show on your face. When I pick out outfits for my family pictures I will usually pick an outfit that I love for one family member and coordinate around that outfit,  but I'm careful not to be too "matchy matchy".  Bright colors photograph great so try not to be afraid of color, if you prefer more neutral colors that okay too, maybe bring a few accessories like scares, hats, gloves, bows, statement jewelry , or a fun blanket  to throw in for a few pictures.  It's also important to keep in mind where you plan to hang these pictures in your home, if you plan on a big 16x20 canvas to hang above your couch then pick out outfits that won't clash with your home decor.  These pictures on your wall are like a piece of art work and you wouldn't buy a painting or picture that didn't go with the flow of your current decor would you? 

2) Time

I generally shoot 2 hours after sunrise or 2 hours prior to sunset so I can capture the yummy lighting that makes your photos glow, so it's SO important that you are on time!!  I know as moms it's so hard and stressful to get yourself plus the whole family ready so I recommend planning ahead as much as possible, even if you're not a "planner" try to be on this day!  Doing this will most likely relieve a lot of stress for you and your family.

3) Hair & Makeup

Moms try to have your hair or makeup done professionally, both if possible.  I know that can be a bit spendy but it's one less thing to worry about so if you are able to do that I highly recommend it.  If  you need a recommendation Tyree @ Iris Dior Hair & Makeup is amazing! ( Besides, we always feel so good and relaxed after we are pampered and that's the feeling we want to show through in these photos.

4) Little Kids

If you have young kids be sure to feed them prior to your session and bring snacks you know they like.  Trying to get a "hangry" kid to smile is pretty close to impossible!  Although I will say those make pretty good candid photos. ;-)

5) Ideas

Do you have ideas on what you what?  Location, poses, theme? PLEASE feel free to share them with me.  These are YOUR pictures after all and I want them to be exactly what you envision.  If you don't really have a vision, that's okay too! I am always happy to pick/ suggest locations and will always be here to help with outfit coordination if you need me.  The more we communicate before a session the better I get to know you and that will always help with the shoot.  

6) Extra outfits

Please feel free to bring extra outfits if you think you might want a few different looks.

7) Props

Props are always a good way to personalize your session, so feel free to bring anything that you fancy, an old vintage suitcase, something funky or bright!  I had some clients bring a vintage cruiser bike that he had rebuilt and we had a blast with that thing!! Props add personality to a shoot and ALWAYS make it so fun!

8) Have Fun, be Yourself!!

Lastly, just try to have fun and be yourselves!  I want to capture YOUR FAMILY, if you are a little crazy, let it show, if your goofy, be it!  I know we want the perfect photo of everyone looking and smiling and I will do my best to give you some of those but we all know that kids will be kids and if we try to contain their energy too long they will combust!!  Let them run and be a little crazy and we are more likely to get the "good" looking and smiling shot.

I had family pictures done when my son was 2 and my daughter was 1 and they were 100% the most uncooperative kids ever!! lol.. I had a wonderful photographer but I was kidding myself if I thought they were going to hold still.  However, I ended up with adorable pictures of them being busy & silly, which is exactly what they are!!!  She got them as they were at that moment in their lives and isn't that what we are wanting?  I consider myself a Lifestyle photographer , I want to capture the personality of you and your family!