How to Prepare for a Family Session

In todays blog I'll be addressing some common questions I get before a family session. For most photographers we have experienced the full gamut of the stress and joy that goes into getting that perfect family picture. The stresses that are on us are a little different than those of you guys but hopefully I can level the playing field and fill in some gaps of expectations. Getting pictures can be really stressful because you're paying money and you want to make sure you get your money's worth. The photographer wants to make sure you're happy and capture your sweet family in the best way possible. I think the best way you (the client) can approach the pending family shoot is a few things:

1. Relax! What is the worst thing that could happen? OK maybe don't think that but seriously take it easy and have fun. The more easy going you are as parents the more easy going the kiddos will be. So pray, meditate, or look into yourself for patience and tolerance of both me and all the little things that can potentially happen.

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2. Before the shoot go ahead and look at pinterest and get ideas, but don't be too attached to the outcome. I cannot recreate a pinterest photo that you saw because the differences are most likely extreme. Things like lighting, moods of kids, angles etc all play a huge part in creating a photo. Pinterest is good for inspiration!

Recently I had a large multi family shoot, and one of the families had never had pictures done before. They were so sweet and lovely, and I enjoyed working with them. The mom really wanted a picture she described as being something like the photo below 


What ended up happening was a mini meltdown, that I captured anyway....mostly because it was funny. Not one for the wall, but definitely a fun one to look back on in a few years. 



3. The best I can do is capture your family as they are at that time, and trust me, no matter the tears and naughty behaviors, I get my shots and some of them may be unconventional but in a few years time you will look back and think "That's so funny!" 


4. Let the kiddos be silly, and take a few play breaks during the session. That's actually when I get my best candid's. When people are just doing their own thing and loving one another, that is when those perfect pinterest moments come.

5. Typically my sessions with kids last about an hour, because kids get tired real quick doing things that they can't control. Also you'd be amazed at how fast I work, and how fast we get stuff done. Even for adults, I've noticed an hour session is just right. 

6. "What do I wear?" I get this question a lot and the truth is, whatever makes you feel comfortable. Matching outfits are hard because not everyone will love the color or fabric, but the rule of thumb is usually colors that go well together like browns, blues and greens etc. Try to keep it on one side of the color wheel. Or change it up! I'm all for rainbow colors! The most important thing is that you're comfortable and feel like you look good. 

7. "Where should we shoot?" The first thing is do you want a natural setting or an urban setting? Both can be beautiful and interesting. Most photographers know lots of places but if there is a place your family go often or means something to you, or even your own home, lets do it there. You never know where you're going to be in 5 years, and it might be fun to look back and have fond memories of places you used to go with the kids. It's fun to explore new areas too! Keep your mind open and we'll have fun, it's mostly about you guys!

Well that's all I have at the moment, I think the most important thing is to have fun and make sure you know your photographer and work well with them. Sometimes personalities clash here and there but most photographers are socially open and will have your best interests in mind. 

Thank you to all of you that support me and my dream!

If you have more questions comment below and I'll try to get to them.