It’s that time of year again ~ fall. A wonderful mix of beautiful skies, colourful leaves, and cooler temps! Summer may be over, but fall is no doubt one of the best and beautiful seasons of the year to take family photos.
Often times, I am asked what is the best way to prepare for a family photoshoot. Family photos do not need to be daunting or overwhelming, so I have put together a simple list below that will help you prepare for a photoshoot:
Tip #1: Location
Think of a location that you would love to have family photos taken. Maybe it is a park in the city, a family farm, or even in your back yard. If there is a spot in mind that you know you would like photos taken, plan to have photos taken there. If you have no idea where to take photos, no worries! Just ask your photographer for some suggestions.
Tip #2: Clothing
Possibly the most “difficult” part of a photoshoot that moms especially have a hard time trying to figure out. But it doesn’t have to be difficult! Coordinating clothing should not scare your or hold you back from getting family photos taken. Neutrals or solid colours are the best for clothing choice. All matching is one look, but you could also choose a palate of similar tones for a nice, more natural look. Also, make sure you dress for the weather.
Tip #3: Hair
If you, or anyone in your family, needs a haircut before your photoshoot, please try to schedule that in advance. I recommend at least a week. I am sure you can agree with me that not all haircuts turn out in a way that we would want to have our photo taken. Prepare in advance in case of any accidental hair scenarios.
Tip #4: Bring props and activities
Kids especially feel more comfortable if they are doing what they enjoy while photos are being taken. Bring along a favourite book, toy, board game, stuffed animal, etc. as a prop. Also having an activity for the younger ones to play will help make the day more tolerable for them.
Tip #5: Schedule around nap times and eating times
There is only so much scheduling you can do, I totally understand. However, keep in mind kids’ nap times and eating times, and try to coordinate a time that works around this when booking with your photographer. Try your best to make sure everyone is rested and well-fed for the photo session.
Tip #6: Leave lots of time to get ready
Don’t we all know it is when we have something planned that something goes amiss. Plan for lots of time to get ready, in case anything unexpected comes up.
Tip #7: Ask questions
If at anytime during the process you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your photographer! That is what we are here for.
Tip #8: Have fun!
Photo sessions are a time for you to have FUN with your family! Leave the stress at home, and allow your family to act naturally for the photos.
Have you found any other useful tips for getting ready for your photoshoot? I have included the ones I feel are most important and most effective, but welcome your suggestions in the comments below!
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