Planning is the key to having a successful family session! No matter the type of photography session you have scheduled, here are 5 tips that will maximize your shooting time, boost the experience, and be my dream client!
The start time…
is not just about scheduling, it’s really about the light. If your session is outdoors, I’ve very intentionally chosen your start time. I’ve considered sunrise/sunset, studied your questionnaire answers, anticipated the needs of the individuals participating, scrutinized the forecast, all to give you the best results possible. So, if we start late, we typically won’t stay late.
Pampering yourself before your session is a great way to relax and feel even more gorgeous. If you opt to get your hair and make up professionally done for your session, allow plenty of time for you to enjoy the treatment! If you have daughter(s), this can make for a really special time together!
Small details like having manicured nails and the right colored socks help ease stress, so consider setting out your family’s outfits the night before, or morning of, while making sure you have every accessory you want ready! Check out my article on Wardrobe Tips for Your Family Photography Session for more details.
Rested and Full!
If you have little ones, I advise you to not make other plans for the day. Inevitably, kids will get tired, mom will be rushing, and everyone will be just a little bit over it. I also recommend late afternoon naps for little ones (and maybe even dad!).
Feed everyone prior to the session. I can’t tell you how many times the teenagers are starving and it shows on their face towards the end.
Schedule plenty of time to get dressed. If you are rushing around, and anxious prior to the session, this will set the tone for the rest of your family. Focus instead, on being ahead of schedule and sending good vibes to your crew!
Props, puppies, etc!
If you’re wondering about how you can make your experience personal and memorable, feel free to bring along any props that are special to you. I want your session to scream YOU, so if that means bringing your four legged friend along or props that tell your story, please do! We can incorporate them into your photos in a fun way! Maybe it’s something from your wedding day, maybe it’s a sport you love or an old photograph that is special. Whatever you want in your photos, I’ll do my best to make it happen!
Another great idea is to bring an activity that ya’ll enjoy together. It could be a food, hobby, or game. Or, it could be something ya’ll like do, like piggy back rides, ring around the rosie, or eskimo kisses.
And it’s okay to feel awkward!
Most likely you are not a professional model or social media superstar who gets paid to pose. That’s where I come in! I’ll get ya’ll into positions, where you are comfortable and relaxed. I’ll also always be watching to make sure you are holding yourself in a flattering position.
And really, feeling awkward is sometimes the funniest part of it all. Just imagine…. You are all decked out, strolling through a field of wildflowers, lovingly looking at each other, holding hands, kids are clean….. perfectly normal right? Haha! Just thinking about it makes me laugh!
I think that was a lot more than 5 tips for a successful family session!
And just remember, we will be totally flexible, following your family’s lead. And believe me, no matter how good we prepare, we will surely have surprises along the way!