Tips for Preparing for Your Family Photo Session
A professional photo session is an exciting experience! But let’s face it, family photo sessions can be a bit challenging.Not to worry, with a little preparation you can alleviate a bit of the pressure and calm those pre-session nerves. The professional photographers at the Studio have put together a few tips and tricks of the … Continue reading Tips for Preparing for Your Family Photo Session
June 22, 2017 | 8:13 am
A professional photo session is an exciting experience! But let’s face it, family photo sessions can be a bit challenging.Not to worry, with a little preparation you can alleviate a bit of the pressure and calm those pre-session nerves. The professional photographers at the Studio have put together a few tips and tricks of the trade to ensure you will get the most out of your professional photography experience.
Choose your clothing carefully.
When it comes time to select your clothing for your photo shoot, plan ahead. Choose your clothes in advance. Select comfortable and engaging outfits. Think about what you want from your session. What are you hoping to take away from your photo shoot? For soft and elegant images, select neutral colors such as creams, soft pastels, light browns, slate blues, and grays. If you want to showcase your spunky side, select clothing with coordinating colors and bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with blue or red accents. You can’t go wrong with a fun accessory, like a scarf, headband or a pair of fun colorful shoes. These items will showcase your unique style and will add a contemporary twist to your images. Here are a few more tips on what to wear for your photo shoot.
Make sure you’re well rested and arrive early.
One of the keys to a successful family photo shoot is a good night’s sleep. Be sure to schedule your session around your child’s nap or bedtime. This will guarantee they are well rested and not cranky due to lack of sleep. However, a great photographer knows how to work with children regardless of their mood. When it comes time to leave for your shoot, always allow plenty of time to get there with time to spare. Try to arrive 15 minutes early, so you have plenty of time to get acquainted with your surroundings and make any final adjustments to your hair or clothing. This is particularly helpful if you are bringing young children to your session.
Not everyone has to look at the camera at the same time.
The best pictures are often the ones where everyone in the frame is interacting and engaged with each other and not looking directly at the camera. Remember, not every image has to be staged and not everyone has to look directly into the camera. You’d be surprised to see the beautiful moments the photographer will capture when you’re engaged as a family and interacting with each other. These candid moments are the photographs you will treasure most because they capture your family love.
Choose a great location or bring your favorite props
You don’t have to have your family photo shoot in the studio. If you have a favorite place or space that rings true to your family, let the photographer know. Perhaps a beautiful park, gorgeous sand dune or local monument. The possibilities are endless. If you are having trouble choosing a location, your photographer can suggest places to create the perfect mood for your photo shoot. Don’t shy away from using props in your photos. Adding a special family item or two may prove to be the icing on the cake to your amazing and memorable photo shoot.
Remember to have fun.
Don’t be afraid to run around with your children, pick up your kids and toss them in the air, or give them a little tickle. Give your spouse a hug. Have fun! Laugh, embrace, kiss, joke and play. All of these fun things allow the photographer to capture the authentic emotion and pure beauty of your family. Don’t be afraid to let your photographer see who you really are. This allows them to capture the love and joy of your family through their lens.
Be true to yourself.
Remember to be natural and true to yourself. There is never a need to force your children to smile. Most of the time they will smile on their own. When in doubt, take a step back, and let the photographer naturally interact and talk with your children. This will result in gorgeous, natural smiles.
When you are prepared and know what to expect during their family photo session, it will result in a memorable photo shoot with gorgeous, timeless family images you will treasure for a lifetime.