It’s that time of year when the weather is starting to get warmer and the days are starting to get longer, which means it’s the perfect weather for some new family photos! Taking family photos a few times a year is something I prioritize, especially as the boys start getting older. It’s crazy how fast they change and sometimes you don’t notice how fast they’re actually changing, especially when you’re around them day in and day out. Today, I’m sharing my best tips for making family photos.
If taking family photos is something you want to start prioritizing this year but have no idea how to handle it, because let’s be honest; taking family photos can feel like you’re being thrown to a pack of wild animals when you’re asking your kids to dress nice and sit still, I’ve got you covered! Over the years I’ve learned a thing or two and by making a few adjustments, we’ve been able to get some great family photos.
Tips for Taking Family Photos
Make Sure Your Kids are Rested & Fed
I know this sounds obvious but when your kids are well-rested and fed, they’re more inclined to be on their best behavior. When scheduling your family photos with your photographer, take nap time and meals into consideration so everyone can be on their best behavior. When in doubt, pack a snack and some water for your session just in case your child gets hungry or thirsty.
Plan Outfits in Advance
When it comes to family photos, being prepared for your session is going to help make the day go much smoother. Don’t wait until the week of your session to choose clothing or have your kids try on outfits and shoes. If they don’t fit right and you have to make exchanges, it’ll just add to the stress of the day. Plan your family’s outfits as far in advance as possible and even include your kids in the selection process. This will make them happier and will help them get excited for your session.
When it comes to picking out outfits and colors, I always recommend picking a palette and clothing items you feel most comfortable in. When your family is comfortable in their clothing, the confidence will come through in the photos. Since spring is right around the corner, we opted for pastels for our family photos this year and I love how they came out! Everyone is cohesive and the color palette makes me so happy.
Bring an Activity for the Kids
Bringing an activity to your family photos for your kids, or the entire family, to partake in will not only help you relax and forget about the camera, but it also captures a story in the images. This is also a great way to give kids a break between shots so they don’t get too cranky.
Expect the Unexpected
Family photos can be stressful and overwhelming for the whole family, so don’t expect everything to go smoothly. I know you want family photos to be perfect but no matter how careful you plan, you can’t control what happens and how the kids will behave. We all have off days! Before taking family photos, remind yourself it’s okay if things aren’t perfect, you’re still going to get some great photos. And don’t forget to take deep breaths!
Relax & Have Fun
Showing up for family photos is no easy feat but once the time has arrived, it’s time to relax, have fun, and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. Your photographer will be able to help direct the family, and if your kids are running around, they’ll be able to grab some cute candid shots that you will appreciate for years to come.
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