Don’t Stress!!! Tip number 1!! I know how it goes trust me I have kids and the things go.. or don’t go?!?! I keep our sessions fun and relaxed!
For family sessions, or sessions with children over 6 months, an outdoor location normally works best. Their personalities will be captures more naturally then indoors! I have many locations picked out and since every child and family is unique, I would be happy to help you choose a setting that suits your family’s personality. The early morning and late afternoon/early evening light works best for photographs taken outdoors.
Typically a family session lasts 1-2 hours. I encourage you to ensure your child is as well rested as possible with a full tummy. (Dads too :D ) Kids being kids, they often get bored or tired easily, so I will always allow for short breaks for changing, snacks. It’s sometimes these moments that create the best images!
My number one questions I get for family sessions is “What do we wear?”
Please do not match. Do NOT wear all the same color shirts!! I typically suggest picking out the kids outfits first because face it they look cute in anything!! Pick a color (consider your background! Green grass, the color of the trees are changing with the seasons. Also don’t forget to consider where you plan to display these portraits in the home. Planning on purchasing wall portraits? Consider coordinating with the colors in the rooms where you will display the portraits! Yes, I am serious! Select a wardrobe for the family that has pieces that all coordinate with each other. Test out your selections by laying everyone’s outfits out on your bed and ask yourself if everything coordinates. I get texts and pictures from clients all the time asking about wardrobe choices. I love that! I am always here if you ever have any questions or need help deciding!
If you decide to go with more neutral clothing consider adding Hair accessories, flowers, scarves, jewelry, jackets, hats and boots that can add a pop of style/color! These fun little details can add personality and bring a unique look to your photos!
DO NOT Plan numerous outfit changes!! Trust me I know it is hard to choose but I try to stay with about 2 outfits 3 at the most with kids! (They don’t like getting changed! and sometimes they can get real crabby!!
I have put together a pinterest board of some great family portrait clothing ideas to help you get inspired!.
Pack snacks and drinks along. Kids get hungry and thirsty, and that can make them cranky. If you have small children, consider bringing something to distract them. Things like bubbles, a favorite stuffed animal, or a squeaky fun toy to get their attention are great. Just make sure it is something you don’t mind having in a few pictures. Also don’t forget to bring extra diapers or a pacifier. Sometimes babies just need a break and a diaper change to get back to their happy self!
Dress according to the weather forecast!!. Wear/bring layers if it is chilly. If it is a hot day, please don’t dress your child in warm clothes. This will make your child miserable and will result in a very unhappy baby!
Manage your own expectations. (This is one I had to learn the hard way with my kids!!) Each session is UNIQUE! Have an idea of what you would like to capture, but understand that depending on the mood of your child at that given moment, you may or may not be able to capture those dream images. Just stay positive, make it fun and try to go with the flow and I will get something beautiful!
Let your kids play. Let them be goofy and silly. Some of those candid shots of them where they don’t even know I am taking their picture can be some of the best! Last but not least, Trust ME! And don’t worry about the little things. I can get rid of boogers, boo boos and blemishes, etc! Your pictures will be beautiful! Just have FUN and enjoy this time with your family!