If you are thinking about booking a family photo session or have already booked a family photo session you are reading the right blog post!
We are going to explore 5 tips that I hope will ease your worries if you have any, and will help make sure you get the family portraits you dream of!
1. Choose a color palette for outfits
You want to make sure you are confident in what you are wearing. Avoid being overly matching, find a color pallette you like and coordinate around that. (I have a Pinterest Board with lots of color pallette options so you are not left to find an option on your own! I will send it to you!) The best thing to do is to start with mom's outfit and coordinate from there. Small patterns mixed in with solid colors is nice, this gives your portraits beautiful character & fun personality. However, be sure to stay away from super large patterns. No logos or words on clothing either. This distracts from your family and we don't want that. You want to feel the emotional connection between each person being photographed and that is hard to do when your eye is drawn to a word or a large pattern. At Kristin Clardy Photography, I invite each family to feel free to text me photos of the clothing they are thinking about wearing and I will help them decide. Your family portrait session should not be stressful at all and I am here to help every step of the way! Even if that is helping you choose between one outfit or the other.
2. Be playful and happy for your kids
It is all about keeping the mood of the photo session fun and playful! The more kids hear "stop, stand still, we need to take your photo" the more frustrated and unhappy they get. We want to make sure we get natural expressions, true character, and those sweet candid moments. I mean, after all, that is what you want to see - especially years from now when your kids are grown.
Keeping the mood light and playful also means no harsh words or reprimanding during your session. Play games during your session, be silly, hug, laugh, chase, tickle, have fun no matter what. Correction = sad, mad, and tearful children, and that is not what you want photos of.
On your way to the portrait session, hype it up! Tell your kids how awesome it's going to be and how you are going to hang these photos on the wall. Tell them how grandma is going to see them, love them, and hang them on her walls too!
Offer incentives, tell them you will take them to get ice cream or do another activity they love. You can bring treats but refrain from suckers or chocolate. Fruit snacks are awesome to bring!
I always work hard during portrait sessions with kids to make it interactive, fun, full of exploration, and full of curiosity.
Some of my best portraits have come from just hanging back and observing as a child discovers the world around them.
3. Feel free to include pets or meaningful items!
To have family portraits that mean even more, be sure to think of items you can bring that will add to the memories later on. This is not a must but many like the idea of incorporating heirlooms or items that represent activities you enjoy together. Maybe a stool or chair that has been passed down for your kids to sit on, a quilt, a car that means a lot to your family, a teddy bear, a favorite book you love to read together, a game you like to play, etc. These are your portraits and we want to make them unique to your family story.
Bring your dog(s)! Don't forget about the furry members of your family, they want to be in a few photos as well! Horses are awesome to photograph too!
4. Arrive Early
Getting to your session at least 10 minutes early is great to make sure we start creating your portraits on time. The time we chose for your session is specific to lighting and it is super important we start on time. Otherwise we will be rushing a bit and working against the setting sun. We want to give proper time to create those magical family portraits.
5. Keep Calm
I know it can feel a bit overwhelming. I am here to reassure you that all will be okay and to help every step of the way. I will make sure your family portrait session runs smoothly. Enjoy yourself, enjoy the time with your loved ones, and remember that these portraits will bring you all so much joy. There will be many stories shared as you look at your portraits and remember characteristics of who your children were when they were younger. What you are doing by creating family portraits is creating a legacy that you get to leave behind for generation after generation. Not only will you be recalling memories when you see your photos, your kids will be recalling memories, and they will be sharing those memories with their children.
It is all worth it, that is why Kristin Clardy Photography strives to walk with you through every part of the portrait experience from the first phone call to the moment I deliver your printed portraits. My goal is to make it simple, easy, and stress free!
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