It’s Time for Family Portraits!
It happens about this time every year. The anxiety. The stress. The dread. Yep – it’s time for family portraits. The pressure’s on to wrangle the kids and hubby together into trendy, coordinating (but not too matchy-matchy) outfits – in an attempt to capture (ever elusive) natural smiles for a “picture perfect” holiday card.
Sound familiar? When you do a family session, remember why you are taking the photos – to show the love between everyone in the family and each individual member’s personality, and to create lasting memories.
There’s nothing more special than looking at photo albums and wall portraits of your kids when they were little, when your child went into the service, seeing your parents when they were young and seeing yourself as a young child.
- Ask for recommendations!
- Look at their portfolio/ website. Usually, what you see is what you get.
- Check their work to see if they are used to working with kids, a large group, etc.
- You don’t have to pick the most expensive photographer in town, but remember that this is an investment of your memories. And I’ve never heard anyone say, “I wish I would have spent the least amount of money possible on our photos.”
- Schedule in advance! Talented photographers usually fill up fast in the Fall. And you may have to reschedule if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
- Know what you want and communicate it to your photographer ahead of time. A discussion about the style, location, props, and poses you’re planning on can work wonders to get you on the same page.Rely on your photographer for suggestions, and value their opinion. While you don’t want to be completely at their mercy- they are, after all, the professional.
- Pick a location that matches your family’s personality. You’ll want these pictures to reflect this time in your lives. So while railroad tracks can look cool. Ask yourself, “Would our family really spend time here?”
What to Wear???
Here are some helpful wardrobe tips. Just call us if you need further advice:
- Don’t Match: We highly recommend you coordinate in general, but don’t match exactly. If it helps, choose three different colors on which you can base all your outfits. Black, grey, denim, brown to help keep everyone grounded. Then add in two or three fun pops of color so everyone can add their own style to the outfit. The goal is not for everyone to perfectly synced up. You want to be able to see a pattern when you take the photo as a whole.
- Keep it Simple: It’s up to you, but just so you know — most people who choose big bold patterns, graphic t-shirts, sweat pants, or flip- flops live to regret it.
- Style: Make sure to keep the overall look to one STYLE such as dressy or casual. You don’t want to have one person wearing super casual clothing while the rest of the family is wearing church attire. Casual and comfortable is best!
- Avoid Solid White: Avoid solid white clothing (but some white — e.g. under another garment, accessories — is OK). Too much solid black may blend into shadows. All things are OK in moderation.
- Accessories and Fall colors: Rich solid colors and textured clothing work great! (Accessories like scarves, hats, fringe, knitted items are great, too.)
Getting the kids to Cooperate for Family Pictures
This can be one of the most stressful parts of family pictures! But with a little planning and these quick tips- you’ll be prepared…
- When you first tell them about your family picture plans- act excited like it’s going to be SO much fun! Often attitude is contagious.
- Involve the kids in the process from the beginning! If they get to help pick what they’re going to wear and what props they can bring, they’ll feel included and be more likely to cooperate.
- Allow plenty of time! It’s hard to be patient and positive when you’re rushed.
- Bring along an “entertainer” to sand behind or beside the photographer to get the baby or little ones to look and smile.I recommends planning the shoot for when your kids are the happiest, not just the time that is the most convenient. Work your appointment around the kids’ routines.
- Give the kids breaks in between shots to stretch, run, and play.
- Even better- let them play during the pictures! You’ll get great candid shots and capture your little ones the way they really are.
- Play peek-a-boo, tickle, and throw the baby into the air for real, genuine smiles.
- Bring water and snacks to avoid mid-shoot meltdowns.
- Use fun props like suckers, toys, and bubbles to keep them happy.
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