Creating a beautiful family portrait means creating an everlasting memory. With a little planning, the family portrait can be a cherished memento as well as fun gathering for everyone involved.
The first item that I always go over with the family is what type of setting do you want for your photography session. Do you want the photo to be done in a studio or a more formal setting? Or does an outdoor, casual photograph session best represent your family?
Wardrobe is the next step that should be considered prior to the session. Even though, I am not a fashionista, I try to give the following advice to each client prior to the setting. If possible try to get outfits that coordinate or complement each other but try to avoid blending in too much with one another. Each person should stand out in the photo. When viewed through the lens I want to see all the faces in the photo; not everyone’s white matching shirts.
The next item I tell the clients is to book a photography session that is best for the child or children especially if they are young. If the child takes a nap at a certain time, try to work around that practice. Avoid making sessions during lunch times or dinner times. You want your child to be happy and cooperative during the session. Working around their schedules can help ease the stress of the session later on.
Get the Kids on Board
Try not to put too much pressure on the children about the photograph. In fact make the event sound like a fun outing; this will create a relaxed atmosphere. Allow older children to provide input on clothing outfits. Ask them if they would like extra photos for their friends. The more that the children feel that they are involved in the process; the happier the environment will become.
The Plan Bag
I know the last thing anyone wants to carry around is an extra bag but the plan bag works. Let’s face facts, when there is a chance for something to go wrong it will especially on the way to photograph session. If possible try to avoid eating or drinking on the way to the session, this will help eliminate accidents or spills to the clothing. I suggest taking along items such as wet wipes, hair brush, hair pins, a small sewing kit, and even snacking crackers in case there is a wait.