Every mother eagerly anticipates family portraits, excited to show off their families to the world. Whether it’s your families’ first photo shoot or if you’ve got an album under your belt, follow these secret tips for a successful photo session.
Although your photographer should be well-versed in pose, backdrop and style options you will want to have had time to decide what you want. Look online or browse through past photos to get inspired. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to suggest your ideas to your photographer. After all, these photos are memories of your life and you want them to be beautiful.
The most important aspect of creating quality photographs is hiring the right photographer. Take your time finding the photographer that will best meet your families’ needs, not just one with the lowest price. Have your heart set on an outdoor setting? Do you love the idea of black and white? Take a look at the photographers’ portfolio to get an idea what style they specialize in, and hire accordingly. Pro tip: Scan your local Craigslist for a photographer. Highly talented photographers looking to build their portfolio often will offer discounted and/or free services.
If you have young children you will save yourself headache if you schedule the photo-shoot at a time your child is not due for a nap, or hungry. A cranky baby isn’t likely to cooperate with you or the photographer. Be sure to bring their favorite toy or a noisy rattle, this help your baby to look at the camera.
Granted you’ll want your family to look their best, but don’t just throw on anything. Consider the background, props and style you want to achieve. For example, if you’re shooting on a beautiful autumn day, the Hawaiian t-shirt you’re husbands wearing is not going to work. Stay clear of any overly-noticeable designs, colors or logos. You want people the focus on your loved ones, not the polka-dotted sweater your daughter has on.
Be yourself in your photos .A fake grin will not capture the true personality of your loved ones, and could ruin the photos. Try to be yourself as much as possible and let your inner spirit shine through. Need a secret tip to get your little ones most beautiful smiles? Tell them to think of something they find funny before the camera flashes.