Family Photo Shoot
One of my favorite things of all time, is walking into someone’s house and seeing beautiful family portraits hung all over their walls. I ADORE a great gallery wall, especially when there is a mixture of media and portraits.
Choosing to invest in a family photo shoot is not a decision people take lightly, so everyone wants the session to go well. I’ve come up with 5 EASY tips to have a successful family photo session. Below, you will see The Pace Family, who are dear friends of mine. They have an adorable, active (almost) two year old. Some might say that toddlers are the hardest to capture, but with these 5 tips, you will be SURE to get some great family photos!
- Choose a comfortable location. As a parent, you know your child the best, so make sure you pick a spot that your child will be familiar with. If you have a kid who hates sand, don’t pick the beach. If you have a child that that loves flowers, head to a rose garden. Have private access somewhere? Ask your photographer to come to you!! The Pace Family LOVES the beach, so it was natural for us to head to one of their favorite beaches to grab some beautiful images. It works for teenagers as well! They will be more comfortable if they love their surroundings.
- Bring a familiar item. With little guys, having a small comfort item is a perfect way to help them feel at ease and it gives your photographer a way to start building rapport. While it’s great if you can get some photos without the item, it’s important to remember that young kids having a comfort item is a part of who they are, and is a wonderful representation of what this time is like in your life. In 40 years you are going to look back at the image and think: “Oh my gosh, remember when he loved Pluto?!” You’ll notice Pluto made it into some of the images below, but in my opinion, he adds to the image, not distracts from it.
- Bring non messy snacks (like Cheerios), water, and an extra person (if possible). Believe it or not, taking photos can be exhausting. Being “on” for the camera takes a lot out of an adult, so imagine how it is on a child (or even scarier, a teenager). Having some easy snacks and water is a great way to break up the session and keep everyone happy. Having an additional person to handle everything, and help distract is ALWAYS a good idea! Just make sure it’s someone who is going to enhance the experience, not make it more stressful.
- TAKE BREAKS! This is HUGE. When I shoot ANY client, adult or child, I advocate for breaks. Everyone can use a little time out from the action, even if it’s just for a location change. As a parent, you know when a melt down is coming so don’t hesitate to request a little break to avoid that.
- Communicate with your photographer. Most photographers simply want to get the shot. They are first and foremost looking to give you a great experience while providing you with beautiful images. It is important to communicate with them right from the beginning. Come with a list of questions before you book, once you book, let them know what you are nervous about. Even if it’s outfit choices, they can usually offer some insight on what works best on camera. Also, tell them when you’re uncomfortable or need to switch things up. I always tell my clients, a lot of what we do feels weird but it’s going to look great. If you can trust that your photographer is trying to make you guys look great, then it’s a lot easier to trust what they are saying. PRO TIP: If you are a parent of little ones, when you aren’t in the shot, come stand as close as you can (if not directly behind) the photographer to try and get your little one to look in the direction of the camera.
I hope these tips help you have the BEST family session you can! Above all else, HAVE FUN! Now scroll down to take a look at the Pace Family Photo Shoot in Sandy Hook, NJ!
Family Photo Shoot