5 Steps to Prepare for your Family Session - Pinedale, Wyoming Family Photographer
Sep 5, 2018 | By: Grateful Heart Photography
5 Steps to prepare for your Family Session
It seems like most everyone can be nervous to get in front of a camera. Even I prefer to be on the backside of a camera instead of the front side.
My goal when photographing my client families is help them relax and be comfortable. Especially my dads! Dads seem to hate family pictures more than anyone. So I want to make the session easy, fun and relaxing. I want to tell their story and capture feelings in my photos. I want to show families, especially moms, how amazing they are!
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So here are some steps to help prepare for your family session:
1. Your Children
Most kiddos are not fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we give them time to relax and just capture their natural self. I don’t want my parents to worry if the kids are running about and active. I want to capture the interaction of them being themselves. I love the busy play and exploring! I will usually direct parents to simply “be” with the child, or hold the child and we go from there.
To get the most out of the session, make sure that your children has rested and has had adequate snacks and water before hand. Let them know that a brined will be taking some photos of them, it is best not to surprise them. Instead of bribing them, make a day of it. Go to dinner or for ice cream before or after the session. Make it part of some family fun!
2. Not everyone has to be looking and smiling at the camera
My goal is to capture who your family is right now, not to make you do anything stiff or unnatural. I am not looking for a posed photo with everyone looking at the camera smiling. We may capture one or two, but it is not my goal. I families to have a relaxed and fun filled session! It is okay to all be looking at each other. I usually ask brother or sister to tell a joke in another siblings ear. I will have mom or dad snuggle in tight to their child. I love asking dad to wrap his arms around his family and squeezing tight! I also like to have dad sneak in and kiss his wife on the neck. Lifestyle photography gives freedom to be artistic, creative and expressive. To go beyond traditional family photography.
3. What to wear
It seems most moms worry about what to wear than dads do. I understand! You want everyone to look their best. I want you all to be comfortable! I will be fine with anything. My goal is to shoot the connection you have with your family. The best way is to coordinate rather than to match. We don’t want everyone wearing the same colors. To choose a color, look around your home. Is it mostly grays and blues? Maybe you can coordinate in those colors, so if you place your photos on the wall, they will make the style of your home. Layers are always a great idea! You can always go to Pinterest to look up more ideas. Here is a board I made to help get you started! Connection Sessions
Together, we will decide on the best location for your session. We can shoot in your home as long as your home has adequate natural light. Most of my newborn sessions are in the comfort of their home. It can have an intimate and personal feel to it. I have my own favorite locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. Maybe a place to has great memories and means something to your family.
For most of us time is precious! Time is spending quality time together! I want your session to be a great family time together, having fun! But the time of day for your session is also important. If shooting in your home, late morning may be best, depending on the time of year. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the early morning or in the late evening. I love to shoot one to two hours before sunset. The sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The good news is that the length of your session is super fast. I rarely last more than an hour. I can easily get a divers and adequate gallery in that time.
I hope these 5 steps will help you prepare for your family session!
I am always here for any questions or concerns you have. Please always feel free to email me at email@example.com