Raise your hand if you love photographs of your entire family.
Raise your hand if you have a hard time getting the family together.
Raise your hand if once everyone is together, and you decide to have professional photographs taken, you stress getting everyone to wear something appropriate.
It seems like a portrait session can be a huge ordeal. Once the decision is made to have one, there are a ton of other questions to answer.
Where do I find the right photographer?
What will everyone wear?
Do we do the matchy-matchy thing?
Should we do it outside on location, at our house, or try to find an inside spot somewhere?
What if my children won't smile?
Do you see I could go on and on with these types of questions?
First – get a photographer who specializes in families. Most photographers have a niche. Do they do weddings? Seniors? Events? Landscapes? Babies? Or do they do families? I know I love doing families, children, high school seniors, maternity, and engagements, but I don’t want to do weddings (although I have done two) and I am no good at babies. So I would not be the person to choose for those two types of sessions. (If you need someone, I have colleagues that are fantastic.) So talk to friends who have had professional photographs taken, and see whom they used. Look on Facebook, Instagram, or the Internet for samples of work that you like.
Second - Plan what to wear. It wasn’t that long ago when everyone wore matching clothes. Now the trend is to wear complimentary colors and not too much pattern. Here again, the Internet if full of great ideas. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration. I even have a board dedicated to that. You don’t have to go out and buy something new. Stay away from tee-shirt with logos or pictures. And something to remember is if you are going to enlarge this photograph and hang it on the wall, would you want everyone to be in shorts and flip-flops with hair messy, or would you rather look at men/boys in nice looking shirts and slacks and women/girls in flowing dresses?
Third – Be sure you are rested, fed and happy the day of the shoot. Also be sure you give yourself and family members plenty of time to be ready and at the location. Moms are often stressed about getting ready themselves as well as the kids. Hopefully she will get support for this and everyone will be ready and relaxed when you are at the shoot.
Fourth – Have an idea of what you are wanting – rustic, classic, urban, casual, formal, traditional, candid, and lifestyle, to name a few. If you have put some thought into this ahead of time, when you talk to your photographer, it helps guarantee your satisfaction.
Fifth – Remember to have a good time. This should be fun. The more relaxed and the more fun you have, the better the images will come out.
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"Photography is the art of frozen time... the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame." ~unknown