5 Tips to Prepare for a Family Photo Session
If you're planning on having family photos taken here are a few things to consider prior to your photo session.
1. Once you find a photographer who captures the style of photographs you like, building a rapport with with them can help you feel at ease. The photographer establishes a feeling of the style of photography you seek, and chatting on the phone, emailing, meeting face to face and asking questions is a really important part of the relationship building. You don't need to go overboard but if you feel comfortable chatting to your photographer you'll feel much more relaxed in front of the camera! It might even help to read their 'About' page to glean a bit of information about them!
2. Think about how you would best like to display your family photos. Would you like a large framed piece of artwork, a wall covered in a variety of photographs depicting life as it is, an album to display in the bookcase, or boxed prints for a coffee table. There are many ways to display your family art and the best person to talk this over with is your photographer. Prior to your photo session you may not know exactly what you would like but it's a good idea to begin thinking. Your photographer won't want to give you any surprises when it comes to cost, so if they haven't been forthcoming about outlay, do ask.
3. Considering what to wear is a question that pops up frequently. Look about your home and see what colous you are drawn to. It helps if not everyone is in competing colours so select a theme and tone in from there. Want to add a bright colour - accessorise! A bright scarf or favourite necklace can be perfect. Steer clear of t-shirts with prominent logos as these can distract from faces. Remember, you're after family photos and want those beautiful faces to be the focal point!
4. Young children need to be fed so remember to have a clean snack available during the photo session so they don't get hangry! Having a rest and a snack before a photo session can head you in the direction of a winning photo session too! Family photographer's will realise that sometimes the best laid plans don't pan out and will have given extra time for your family portrait to cater for crazy moments that may occur. However, capturing the real moments add a lovely dimension to a family photo session. Tears, laughter, quiet time, it's all part of life. However, if it all turns totally bad don't be afraid re-book! Family photographers are a pretty understanding bunch!
5. It's not just the young family members who need to be photographed either! Include the photographic journey into teen hood, kids are often surprised at how lovely they look and can gain confidence in themselves. When your eldest is about to leave home can be a great opportunity to have the family photographed as the older they get the harder they are to pin down! Plan something special like going to their favourite place and have photographs taken that represent them as a young adult. And remember to include Grandparents and Great Grandparents if it's a really special occasion.
I think the main point is communication, make sure you have a good chat to your photographer prior to a photo session. It's not always possible to meet prior but at least you will have an idea of how you gel.
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If you would like me to photograph your family please email email@example.com or call me on 022 404 6185.
Seeing photographs displayed creatively on the wall brings joy to any family, but what to do with those remaining images that tell a real story of how your family bonds & interacts. We all need something tangible showing the essence of our family for generations to come.
This is where my Fine Art Flush Mount Photo Albums really shine. With strong pages they are durable for the many fingers that will be turning them over the years, they lay flat on a table to be pored over, keeping the spine strong. The workmanship & printing is of extremely high quality, and I've had many clients exclaim how delighted they are with the final album, and how high quality it is, exceeding their expectations.
These albums are printed at an Australian company called Momento Pro. I have carefully selected this company as I love their workmanship and their ethos. They create every album by hand and have won numerous printing and craftmanship awards. It is truly a delight to see photographs I have taken printed in these albums. I know, from taking your photos right through to handing you your album, passion, thought and quality have been put into your bespoke album.
Having a representative from Momento Pro here in NZ means I am able to directly liaise. This, in turn, means my clients have a much more personal aspect to their album as I can discuss different ideas and recommendations directly with our rep. Some families like to add personal quotes, a short background on the photo session, or a simple dedication at the beginning of the album. Text really adds a personal touch and with a large selection of cover materials and embossing colours, you will have an album which truly will make your heart sing.
I like all my suppliers to have the same passion for their workmanship and quality as I do. If all the people & businesses I select to create your artwork, have this same passion as I do, I know my clients are going to have outstanding pieces of artwork to admire for generations to come.
To see more products please head over to my Information page or to view a Client Information Lifestyle Photo Session Booklet click here and to view a Generational Family Booklet please click here. If you'd like to see what a photo session involves with Caroline please click here.
I retail these stunning albums at an inclusive price of $1550 for a 10" x 10" Flush Mount Album, all your edited images taken at your family photo session, and only a deposit of $95 sitting fee (where you receive a $50 credit at your ordering session) to secure your spot.
When I'm asked the classic question "what do you do?" (in relation to work), I can receive a blank look explaining I'm a family lifestyle photographer. Unless you've researched the internet looking for a family photographer, you may not be aware of the diversity of style's for family photos. They range from formal portrait to fantasy, outdoors to lifestyle to total documentary, and anything in between. On this blog, I'll be giving you an insight into a lifestyle photo session with me - there's a wee twist as I like to also include photos of the family all looking at the camera for a few shots too!
The main part of a family lifestyle session is focused primarily on a documentary style of photography which tells a story and captures emotion. Your unique family life is the main story then you'll have wee mini stories within. These fit well in an album, framed story board, or canvas. Below is an example of a mini story.
I always include images of each child with both parent, and if possible, each parent with all the kids. And of course any you may request or I suggest. As part of this sequence, I capture emotional connection between family members. I like to capture Mum & Dad together if they're up to it too! These images are great for frames for kids rooms, & giving to the Grandparents. It's really special for the kids to have emotive photos with their parents.
At a lifestyle session, I follow the family's lead as to where they feel most represents their stage of life. Many opt for home but some want to head off to a favourite location or on an adventure (I'm always keen!). This often depends on the age of the children too. Families with young children or that live rural tend to want photograph's at their home. Families with slightly older children and teens are keen to head out and about.
The main thing is communication with the family prior, and during the session so those natural interactions occur (although I do offer prompts if required to help create the emotive atmosphere I am looking for). I love to capture the really fun parts, the laughter and the noise but just as importantly, the quiet bits. I call them the bits in between.