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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