Here are 7 Tips for Making Family Photos Easy and Fun! Having great family photos means so much to many families. You will love flipping through the photos years to come and love seeing them framed on your walls. It’s amazing to see how everyone changes over the years. However, taking the photos is another story. It can be stressful and sometimes painful for you (and the photographer). So here are some tips to make the day memorable, not frightening!
- Find a photographer that is right for you. Don’t just go by word of mouth. Look at their FB page, their Instagram, their website, and Pinterest. You will be able to determine if you are a “match” to their style right away. Some shoot indoors only, or outdoors only. Check with that as well.
- Decide on a date & location ahead of time. Do you want springtime photos? Beach photos? Do you want to play in the snow? Make sure you discuss your options with your photographer in advance to secure a location and time. And remember, if you are shooting at a public venue; make sure to check if you need permits or if there are any events going on beforehand.
- Props: it is usually the responsibility of the family to bring props. Examples may include blankets, picture frames, matching clothing/scarves/hats, or toys for kids. But, be sure to discuss ahead of time, for the photographer may want to bring props as well, like ladders, items to hang in trees, banners, etc.
- What to wear. You’ll want everyone to look good together and the best way to do that is to coordinate your clothing. So pick a color palette and see what you can put together. I’ve created a Pinterest board with lots of ideas and palettes to choose from. You can use this as a guide. WHAT TO WEAR
- Have fun with candids! Not every photo has to be staged or forced. Find a photographer that lets the kids run around or be themselves. Sometimes the best pictures are the candid, natural ones. Be on the lookout for photographers that simple say, “Say Cheese”. That’s a no-no in my book! You don’t want dated school photos; you want fun, natural, relaxed photos. Not cheese-ville. When I shoot, I spend time with each child individually to capture his or her essence as well as unique qualities.
- Choose the best time of day for your family (kids). It may have to be after naptime (and certainly after they’ve eaten) No one wants to be photographed if they are hungry. Bring Snacks and water along as well (avoid colored liquids to avoid spills).
- Order prints!! Many times, I take family photos and see them on FB a few days later, then that’s it. They remain on “the inter-web”. The best investment you will make is printing your images and hanging them on your walls for all to see. A good photographer can help you arrange and order prints that match the look and feel of your décor as well.
Bonus tip: if you’re nervous to get family photos taken because you feel like you aren’t looking your best, you’re not thin enough, your hair doesn’t look good, or you just feel like it’s never the right time, get them taken anyway! Remember, your family and children love you just the way you are, today. You will cherish these photos for years to come, and no one will care if you put on a few pounds or your hair is not perfect…whose is?? I promise you won’t regret it!