A family photo session is such a great idea… until you book a session and have a mini panic attack because you have no idea how to dress yourself, much less your family… and make it match? Really? It’s a little daunting.
Your family is your pride and joy. You work hard for them 24-7, 365 days of the year. Making sure they are happy and healthy. Getting them to allllllll the things alllllll the time. Your family is your life.
The only thing you want in return is just once a year to have beautiful photos of your whole family together, looking great (without any stains on their shirts, please.) Just. One. Darn. Photo.
However, life is unexpected! Will my kids behave? Will my hair be flat? What on earth am I going to wear? Will it look good with what my kids are wearing?
I hear you! I’ve been there myself. Just because I am a photographer does not mean I am exempt from this situation when I am in front of the camera with my family. Last year, my son wanted nothing to do with the family session. He had just turned 2. Looking back, I realize there are things I could have done so much differently that would have saved me so much stress. The stress made me miss a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my family and enjoy each other. Truth be told, I look at those pictures and I can see the stress on my face. This year things are going to be so different! I’ve created a styling guide with you guys in mind (and myself in mind, honestly.) You can download the guide here! FOR FREE!
Here is a quick checklist that is also included in the guide.
- SET DATE, TIME AND LOCATION WITH PHOTOGRAPHER
- REVIEW GUIDE FOR STYLE TIPS (click here)
- SCHEDULE HAIR AND MAKEUP APPOINTMENTS
- CHOOSE YOUR OUTFITS
- PACK A BAG WITH:
- Flats or flip-flops for walking between photo spots
- Second outfit (if you’re doing two)
- Touch-up makeup
- Water bottle (for warmer sessions)
- Coat or cover-up (for colder sessions)
- Snacks for little ones
- If you have a toddler or young child, small eye-catching toys (or lollipops) to hold their attention
Being prepared and knowing what to expect is huge! You will be way less stressed and able to enjoy your family. Of course, the images are great and that’s why we do them, but don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy your family and make memories: those memories make for the best photos, trust me.