I’m embarrassed to say we have not had professional family photos taken in over three years. Yes, we have a few candids taken by family members and friends. Yes, I’ve succeeded in capturing some great shots of my three kids together. But, we’re running lean on shots of the entire family. My husband and I should be in a few images with the kids, right? We do exist!
I can blame the crazy schedule, the fear that the kids will not cooperate, the dread of finding clothes to suit up my family of five, but this year we’re doing this – I will succeed in capturing an image of the entire crew.
So I booked a photographer for mid-November, and now I’m ramping up for the big day. Let’s see if we can avoid injuries to the face, black eyes and illnesses for two weeks – fingers crossed.
Honestly, with young kids, I need to relent and know there are simply things outside my control, but in speaking with our photographer, there are a few tips to help make your family photo session a success:
- Choose a location and clothing that complement one another. Since we’re heading to a local park, we’re going for the casual look. No need for the kids to be uncomfortable in formal attire if we’re tromping around in the grass.
- Select colors of the clothing that are in the same family, but avoid selecting identical styles. Matchy-matchy is so 1980s.
- Get help with your hair or make-up so you feel your best. If you’re having a bad hair day, you won’t photograph well. And extra makeup is always needed for photos.
- Talk to your kids about taking pictures. Help them understand what is happening and make it into a fun event, so they are excited to participate.
- If you have young children, schedule the session around nap times so the little people are at their best.
- Have fun and don’t place too much pressure on yourself or the kids. If everyone is having a good time with one another, the photographer can capture some great candid shots of laughter and love. If parents over-direct, kids can get tense and make a photo session impossible.
- Celebrate after the picture session is complete. Everyone will be looking great, so perhaps head out for a special family meal or dessert.
I’ll need to post a pic when our session is complete. Like I said, I’m hoping all of the kids cooperate and we capture some images that really show the personality of our family in this stage of life – chaos, tantrums and all. 🙂
Tips in this post are courtesy of the talented Sheri Sahakian, based in Southern California. You can check out her gallery of work or connect with her here. Sheri took pictures of me for my blog, so I can attest to her great disposition and sense of style.