How to rock your next family photo session!
Family photos can be fun and relaxed, but that isn’t what comes to mind is it? I know that the thought of dressing everyone can be daunting, let alone cooperation. I have been photographing families of all sizes for years and I know what works and what doesn’t.
I think by now in 2020 we all know that wearing jeans and white t-shirts isn’t a good look for anyone. So what does coordinate mean? I always start with myself (mom) first because if we aren’t happy with what we’re wearing, it’ll setup the session for failure. Find something you LOVE! Ideally you’ll stay away from the bold primary colors, they are just really harsh on camera. Pastels or even darker versions of primary colors can work. So instead of red, choose maroon. Instead of yellow, choose mustard…see where I’m going? Then go to the eldest child and work down, I’ve always found dressing dad is the least work, haha. Pick out colors that blend well with your outfits. Patterns can be ok but in very small quantities!
2. Discuss your goals with your family!
Kids are nuts. They know when to fly off the handle and be ridiculous, and it’s always when we need them not to be (aka when you’ve paid for a session). Emotions can run high and kids can sense it. Sit down with them tell them about pictures and how excited you are, shoot practice your smiles! Please also know that this is no guarantee, because with children there are NO Guarantees! Explaining things can sometimes really help, and give them an understanding that they’ll be doing something special! Then there is bribery.
3. DON’T YELL!
I understand 100% the frustration of not having your children do what they should be doing. It’s ok. We can take a break and I can take pictures of other members individually. I can work around it and can promise to get shots you love, they just may not be what you have worked up in your mind. Yelling commands, or prompts to them one right after the other isn’t going to turn out well. They will tune us out and keep on their merry way, leaving you feeling defeated and angry. Deep breaths and trust me!
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