How to Prepare for a Family Photo Shoot

January 05, 2014  •  1 Comment

You don't get professional photos of your family everyday. This guide is meant to give you some tips on how to prepare for your photo session! Have any additions? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

  1. Eat before hand! Make sure to eat before your photo session. Children and adults alike get cranky when they're hungry. You can always bring a snack in case someone gets hungry half way through.


     
  2. Dress comfortably (and cute). This is ESPECIALLY important for children.  If they are uncomfortable it will show.  Kids are not good at "suffering" through it. 
  3. Coordinate you outfits. This always looks good, it's not essential that they be identical. Just similar scheme. Try to keep colors and styles coordinated. Any photo would look a little strange with one person in jeans and a nice sweater and the other person in formalwear.  Don't stress too much about this. Although the photograph below looks wonderful, it can also look just as great if you keep it simple.  Jeans and white shirt is a classic that never gets old. It just depends the look you're going for.


     
  4. Bribery is okay!  At least in this instance. If your kids, teenagers, or even your significant other that hates their photo taken-- bribe them!  Maybe with a movie afterwards or pizza at your favorite place.


     
  5. Lastly, have fun!  Really-- this is an important step.  The best photos often come when they're impromptu or not posed. It's when you're been sincere. So have fun. Don't worry about getting that one shot you saw.  Trust me to capture you and your family.


Comments

Kristy(non-registered)
Excellent points, thank you!!! I think it's also helpful to keep track of other photo ideas/poses you really liked (that maybe friends or family members did), so that you can try them too. It's much easier to flash a photo on your phone and say "I want to do this" than try to explain it while you're on the clock. It also ensures you get what you want from your session and it can also open up ideas! Photogaphers are creative and artistic, but they're not mind readers!
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