Fall family photo season is upon us!! I'm looking forward to seeing so many of you in the next few weeks and thought I'd share a few tips to help you and your family feel prepared for your session.
One: Find the Right Photographer! Spend some time looking for the photographer whose work makes your heart sing! Sometimes that's me (yay!!) and sometimes it's not - and that's ok! Find their website and look at the work there - it's the work they're most proud of and that represents their style. Take a look at their IG feed and Facebook page - you'll get to see more work and if you read their captions and comments, you'll get a sense of their personality. Reach out to them to chat about the details if you are in love with their work - if not - keep looking!!
Two: Location! You've found the photographer that you're excited to work with - now you need to settle on a location. I generally like to push my clients a bit and take them on an adventure - sometimes that means a bit of a hike, maybe a bit of a drive, often a 0400 alarm . . . but most important is that the location works for your family. If you have 3 under 3, you don't want to have to hike out to your location, if you have an energetic 2-year old, choose a location where he can stretch his legs a bit. Ask your photographer for suggestions - generally he/she will have some favorite locations or will help you find something unique for your crew!
Three: Wardrobe! I cannot stress enough how important this is to the overall look of your images. Again - talk with your photographer!! He/She will be happy to share suggestions with you that will work with his/her editing style and your location. When clients book with me, they receive a wardrobe guide that details several ways I help them pull together their family's look. I have a wardrobe full of beautiful, well-curated pieces for Mom and children ages newborn through 10, as well as tops for Dad. For clients who prefer to shop for themselves, I put together a styleboard with active links so they can easily shop to get the pieces they need. I know it can be stressful to coordinate an entire family and I love taking this off your to-do list for you!
Four: Get Dad on Board! I know you're nervous about how your 3 year old is going to behave - but real talk - 3 year olds are cute even with a scowl on their face - Dads - not so much. If Dad is part of this session, do what you need to do to get him excited about it. When Dad is part of the session, so often his mood has a significant impact on everyone else. Dads can make Moms relax, children laugh their little faces off, and soothe a fussy baby in seconds - we want him on our team! I know sometimes Dad is just nervous out there - so hold his hand (literally - hold his hand) and show him a little extra love.
Five: Have Fun! It's session time! You've found the perfect photographer for your family, you're at a stunning location, and you're all dressed beautifully - the hard work is over! Trust your photographer, relax with your family, and let your little ones be themselves. The more fun you have, the more fun your little ones are going to have - the nervous ones will loosen up and the silly ones always slow down for a minute or two. If someone is starting to fall apart, sometimes we take a little bit of a break, sometimes we play a game. Keep it light and fun and your images will be full of love, laughter, and, connection!
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