Guess what's coming up soon? Family photo time! It's a yearly tradition for most families, but why do so many of us treat it like a chore instead of a fun family activity? I think it's because we make it harder than it needs to be! But don't worry, I've got your back. Here are some tips on how to make family photos a blast for everyone. Let's avoid these common mistakes parents make every year and make the photo process a positive experience for all!
When it comes to capturing stunning outdoor photos, there's nothing quite like "golden hour" - that magical window of time about an hour before sunset when the light is softer and more flattering. Of course, depending on the time of year, this can be as early as 3 pm or as late as 8 pm. While many photographers recommend scheduling your shoot during golden hour, it's not always practical or feasible when young children are involved. After all, a picture-perfect moment can quickly turn sour if little ones are feeling cranky or overwhelmed.
My advice? Prioritize your children's comfort and schedule your shoot for a time of day when they're typically the happiest - whether that's in the morning or right after naptime. Trust me, when your kids are feeling joyful and relaxed, the entire family portrait experience is sure to be more enjoyable and memorable!
Let's talk about everyone's favorite furry family members - dogs! As a proud owner of two golden retrievers, I can confidently say that these pups are definitely part of the family. But when it comes to family photos, it's important to be realistic about your dog's behavior and training level. If your dog is still in the puppy phase or isn't fully trained, it's best to leave them at home. After all, the last thing you want is a rambunctious pup disrupting your family photo session. But you know your dog better than anyone. If you think they can handle it, bring them along!
Another factor to consider is the age of your children. Let's face it - two-year-olds can be quite the handful, and adding a dog into the mix might not be the best idea. So, if your little ones are at that stage, it might be best to wait a bit before trying to snap that perfect family pic with your furry friend. Trust me, keeping things low-stress and manageable is the key to a successful family portrait session!
As we capture this precious stage of your family's life, it's important to prioritize your children's comfort and happiness. Forcing them into outfits that make them feel uncomfortable or unhappy is a recipe for a mid-shoot meltdown. Instead, opt for clothing that allows them to move and play freely, while still looking their best for the camera.
Consider your child's personal style and preferences when choosing their outfit. If they're happiest in casual clothes, embrace that! The more comfortable and confident they feel, the more natural and beautiful their smiles will be in the final photos. Remember, the goal is to capture your family in their truest and happiest form, so let your kids shine in clothes that make them feel great!
When planning your family photo session, it's important to take your child's attention span into account. It's completely understandable if a full hour-long session is too much for them to handle. Don't worry, there's still plenty of time to capture beautiful memories in a shorter, more manageable "mini" session.
By opting for a shorter 15 minute session, you can capture adorable photos of your happy and engaged child. Trust me, a brief but energetic session can produce far more stunning photos than a longer, unengaging one.
Keep in mind that shorter sessions can still be just as meaningful and beautiful. Whether it's due to age, personality, or simply a short attention span, there's no shame in acknowledging your child's limits and adjusting the session accordingly.
Preparing your child for a family photo session is crucial for their comfort and success. The unfamiliarity of a camera and a new person can be intimidating for kids. But don't worry, you can ease their nerves by showing them some photos of a camera and teaching them how to smile for the camera. Let them know that they will meet a lovely photographer who will take their picture. When they know what to expect, they'll be more comfortable and relaxed, resulting in amazing shots.