It is no secret that while family photos are great in theory, look pretty on the wall, and bring back memories for years to come. However, no one talks about the moments leading up to family pictures and the not so great emotions that come with them.
Let’s be honest for one second, family pictures can be brutal sometimes. From trying to coordinate everyone’s outfits to no on being happy during the actual taking of the pictures. It takes an army to coordinate. However, this is where your friendly neighborhood photographer comes to the rescue!
I am here to give you all of the tips and tricks to surviving AND thriving your next family photo session!
Tip #1: Ask for help! I am not just the girl behind the camera, I am your friend! I am happy to answer any questions you have, or even help coordinate outfits! I love creating Pinterest/Mood boards for any look that you are going for! You are not in this alone!
Tip #2: Prep your kids before the session – I mean you prep your food for the week, why not your kids? This means prepare them for what is going to happen, feed them, let them go to the bathroom, and adjust their clothes beforehand! Make your life easier for when you arrive on the scene!
Tip #3: Bring a bribe – you heard what I said… There is no shame in a bribe for 30-60min of good photos of the kids! There will be no judgement from me! Make sure they are age appropriate so that the bribe can be used to its full advantage! The bribe does not have to only be for the kids – they also work on husbands! Do with that information what you will!
Tip #4: Be on time! This is huge. The quicker we get started, the quicker your family will stop complaining! Not only does this help you, but it also respects my time and yours!
Tip #5: RELAX! Remember, in the end, these are pictures that are going to play a role in reminding you what life was like in this phase of life. Enjoy it because this phase won’t last forever! You will be so thankful that you took it all in!
Don’t forget to read my “Preparing for your Session and Style Guide” as well! There are some great tips in there.
Family pictures do not have to be dreadful if you take the right measures! You got this!
With Love & Warmth,