My favorite sessions have become family photo sessions for many reasons. I love the interaction, the fun, the creativity and the authenticity that take place when all the stars align! But to get the stars to align some things have to take place. You’ve gotta show up with the right attitude and preparations, just like I do as your photographer. I hope you will find these tips helpful and easily attainable. Don’t forget to read “Part One” of my 10 Tips for a Successful Family Photo Session if you haven’t already.
6. Don’t dress like someone you are not
Regardless of whether you saw it in a magazine or on some staged “What to Wear” ad, the best place to start is in YOUR OWN CLOSET. Then only purchase new clothes or accessories to fill in the gaps. Remember, this session is to remember who YOU were…. not trying to be someone you were NOT!
7. Let go!
Really, this tip is more for mom and dad. Once the kids can see you are acting naturally yourself they will follow suit. Don’t you want to look back at your photos and see love and joy? Stressing that someone is going to get dirty is definitely going to be evident in your photos (and remember I can edit out stains!).
8. Schedule the session during your child’s happy time.
As much as I desire the light during the “golden hour”, it doesn’t work well for most babies and toddlers. We’ll find good light.
9. Have some ideas ahead of time.
Think through some activities your family enjoys together. This is one way to engage the family while having fun mixing things up. (ie. sports, wagon ride, kite flying).
10. Pick a location that makes your family happy.
For example, if your family doesn’t enjoy the great outdoors, then how about try an urban location or your own home.