I get asked all the time for my Top 10 tips for Family Photography, so I thought I'd share them! Please feel free to share the link with everyone wanting tips for their own family photography session…we could use a little help when trying to capture our families.
1. Hire a professional photographer who knows what they are doing. You don't want to go through the hassle of getting ready, setting aside the time and paying for the session and not have the pictures turn out.
3. Be creative when choosing your location. It's fun to try something new or just ask your photographer for their fav. location?
4. Bring props. If you're kids are into specific toys, dolls, games, books…why not capture the stage they are at. (It will give them breaks from looking at the camera and smiling.) And the photographer will get to capture you being you and your kids being kids.
5. Be unique. Create a unique experience around the shoot. Make it more documentary by going to the zoo, library, fair etc.
6. Ask for direction. Let your photographer direct your kids and the shoot. I always tell them, "this isn't how I parent, but during a shoot I let the kids lead and it's okay"
7. Bring what you love. Kids love: balloons, bubbles, lollypops, water guns/water balloons etc. Adults love: their fav coffee, ice cream, picnic, wine…build the shoot around that.
8. Keep them moving. Movement is key when keeping kids involved and attentive. Even walking from one tree to another tree helps…but walking short distances to change backgrounds is ideal.
9. Take before and after moments. As a photographer I am ready to take photos at all times. Some of the best moments are before the shoot is ready or right after it's been captured. Keep shooting.
10. Have fun. It is actually possible to have at your family photo-shoot. Go into expecting to laugh, cuddle, get kisses and be yourself…all the while smiling for the camera.
Hope this is helpful. I like being helpful.