Your little ones won’t be little forever. With family lifestyle photography you can capture not only how ridiculously cute they are but the unique, curious energy that they have and the sacred moments that you have as a family. Here are some tips to get the most out of your family photography session:
#1 Familiarity is the key | This is the most important thing to keep in mind when planning for your family’s photography session. Familiarity equals comfort, when you are comfortable you act like you, the real, natural you. This is the version of you that we want to capture.
#2 Setting the scene for comfort | Keeping # 1 in mind, you will need to set the scene for your shoot. When deciding on a location, try to think of places where you and your family spend time together. It could be your local park, the beach, even your own home. The location does not need to represent a special occasion, go for locations that represent your family’s everyday life. Remember! Familiarity is the key! There is beauty in the most mundane of things; it’s just how you see it. There will be a time when that dreaded bath time will be a moment that you miss with your little ones. These are the moments that I love to capture. Consider using multiple locations for your session. This can prove to be quite effective particularly if your little ones are prone to getting restless. For example, the session could begin in your family home and then finish at a nearby local park. This turns the session into a little adventure for the kids, providing a great distraction from the task of having their photograph taken. Shooting at multiple locations will also provide greater diversity in backdrops for the resulting images.
#3 Making props personal | Be sure to have some of your family’s favourite personal items with you on hand particularly for the kids. These will not only create great props but can buy some time with the children before restlessness settles in. The personal items that you bring should be appropriate for your chosen location(s), for example if your session is at the park bring along a favourite picnic rug and basket. Children’s keep sakes such as their favourite teddy, blankets and other toys are great for nearly any location. Incorporating personal items into your family’s session will add that extra touch of personalisation into your photographs and ignite a sense of nostalgia for the years to come.
#4 Playing the part | Playing and dressing the part is easy because you don’t need to play Santa Claus (in fact, avoid this), you just need to play you. Having said that, there are some versions of you that you should not bring to the session, like the you that vegs in front of the television in your trackies nor should the you decked out in your best shoes and a tuxedo be invited. Let’s go with the ‘smart casual’ you that feels good and comfortable in what you are wearing; this will also help you ease into the shoot. Your chosen location(s) should also be taken into consideration, so that you compliment your backdrop. Make friends with contrast to ensure that you and your family stand out from the background, for example if any or all or parts of your session will be shot at a park or your backyard where there is an abundance of greens or auburns, wearing these colours should be avoided so that you are not camouflaged with the background. Try to avoid graphics and clothing that is overly branded, as this will divert some of the focus away from your faces. Keeping it simple and classic will result in timeless photographs.
#5 Relax! | The sooner you can forget that the photographer is there, the more opportunity there will be to capture images that encapsulate the connection between you and your family. Sell it to the kids as a fun day out together and get in on the action, cameras can capture unease in both children and adults.
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