As a photographer and a mom, I understand that organizing a family photo session can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Often, it’s the moms who orchestrate these sessions, driven by a desire to capture the precious moments of family life at various stages. While dads might not always share the same enthusiasm for photo shoots, the joy of seeing beautifully edited images makes the experience worthwhile for everyone.

Session Overview

Our goal is to make your family photo shoot as relaxed and enjoyable as possible—think of it as a fun outing in the park! We’ll spend about an hour together, starting with some easy standing poses to help everyone loosen up. As the session progresses, we’ll incorporate movement to keep the energy up and capture those spontaneous, candid moments. We’ll explore a variety of group and individual shots, including everyone from the kids to the parents, and even your pets if you'd like them to join!

Timing and Logistics

If your session is scheduled during the summer, remember that sunsets occur later, which might affect little ones with early bedtimes. Consider adjusting nap times accordingly, and you can even bring pajamas to change into after the session.

What to Wear

Choosing outfits for your photo shoot shouldn’t be about matching perfectly but rather complementing each other. Comfort is key since there will be a lot of movement. Here are some tips for choosing your outfits:

  • Avoid matchy-matchy: Opt for coordinating styles instead.
  • Consider the season: Layering works well for colder months and can be adjusted as needed.
  • Steer clear of distractions: Avoid large logos, bold patterns, and too much black.
  • Plan for the full look: Think about shoes and accessories as part of your outfit.
  • Think about your home decor: If you plan to display these photos, consider choosing colors that harmonize with your home.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing a meaningful location can add a personal touch to your photos, whether it’s a favorite park, your backyard, or even inside your home. I’m happy to suggest locations I know work well and love exploring new ones based on your input. For shyer families, quieter spots might be more comfortable and allow you to relax more in front of the camera.

Tips for a Seamless Shoot

  • Keep it simple: Less is often more when it comes to wardrobe choices.
  • Neutral colors work best: They photograph well and don’t clash with natural settings.
  • Proper fit is crucial: Clothes that fit well not only look better but also allow you to move freely.
  • Minimal jewelry: Stick with what you usually wear; avoid adding extras just for the shoot.
  • Natural hair and makeup: Stay true to your everyday look for a more timeless feel.

Letting Go and Having Fun

The best family sessions happen when everyone lets loose and has fun. My job is to guide you through every step, so you don’t need to worry about the details. Just focus on enjoying the time with your family. After all, we’re not just creating photos; we’re making memories!