1. Keep Clothing Simple
Perhaps the most stressful detail for families preparing for a photo session is selecting outfits that are comfortable, seasonable and complement each other well. However, finding the perfect attire doesn’t have to be a harrowing task. After all, family photos are an opportunity to capture your loved one’s personalities and charisma at this particular point in their lives. Start off by choosing a palette of complementary colors that suits your families style. You can use accessories like belts, hair bows, or jewelry to tie your color palette together seamlessly and add a burst of persona where you best see fit. Like most families there is someone who really does not like to get dressed up. In this case, I suggest giving them two options for outfits and then coordinating around them. That person feels empowered because they get to choose and it’s a win-win situation.
2. No Shoes on the Beach
The beach is always a sure thing when it comes to stunning background scenery for your family photos. When planning your families attire for your photoshoot, ditch the shoes. They’re simply unnecessary as shoes and sand don’t mix well. You can bring them with you to help navigate rocks but it’s not necessary. Heck, I don’t even shoot with shoes on most of the time!
I am not a photographer that is big on props. If there's a stuffed animal that your kids cannot live without - go for it. I usually bring a clam basket or something for kids to sit on. Kids feel really important when you treat them special. If there are multiple children, they can take turns getting their photo taken on it. If a child feels left out, I can ask them to carry it. It's that simple though. If you keep the children engaged and treat them special, that's all you really need.
5. Relax and Enjoy Yourselves
Family photo sessions are time to capture memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. I look at each session as a journey with each other and we just have fun. If your child is jumping over dunes and having a good time, I will find a way to harness that energy in the photos. I don’t make kids do things they don’t want to do such as touch their sibling (yuck!) Use this photoshoot to screenshot your loved ones at this particular moment. I will check in with you periodically to make sure we got the shots you wanted. And if you have ideas as we are exploring, please let me know. Remember, your family session is for you so let’s make it what you want it to be – fun and easy!