I love it when my clients ask for my input on their wardrobe, location, themes, etc. It means they care enough about their session to ask for advice and make it the best it can be! It is always fun to see what clients do with my advice to make the session their own.
I've had the pleasure of photographing the Chavez family ever since their daughter, Fiona, was still tucked away in mom's belly. Going through their latest photo session, I realized they illustrate so perfectly the advice I often give to clients! So here are a few tips on how to rock your family session!
1) Match but don't MATCH.
What I mean is, you shouldn't all be wearing the same kind of plaid. Or all white t-shirts with blue jeans. Or all the same color. But elements of your outfits should definitely match. For instance, in the photo above, dad is wearing a blue t-shirt. Baby is wearing a patterned, blue romper. And mom is in a pink and white t-shirt with blue jeans. The theme is obviously blue....but they don't look like Smurfs ;-).
2) Be YOU!
If you are a family of hikers, let's go to the mountains or the woods. Coffee drinkers? Let's take a few photos at the morning breakfast table with your favorite mug. Readers? Bring a book. The Chavez family made it a point to bring a book they planned on reading to their little girl during their maternity session. Then we snapped photos of them reading to Fiona as a newborn. Now, a year later, "Snuggle Puppy" is affectionately worn in from reading and has made yet another appearance in their family portraits. Bringing in something you love makes for some fabulous candid photos! And for the Chavez family, it was a way to keep their themes consistent.
3) Relax and have FUN!
I know it is difficult when you've put so much time and effort and money into a photo session and your child is refusing to cooperate. But if you can plan ahead that this is more about a time to have fun with a photographer hanging around instead of a time to look and pose a certain way, I can promise you things will go so much more smoothly. With small kiddos, things tend to go better if you can bring something to distract or reward them with. Chalk, bubbles, candy, toys, balloons...all of these things can be playfully incorporated into photos while adding an element of fun.
4) Be picky about the time of day.
I know it's hard to be out late or up early, but the time of day makes a huge difference in the way your photos will look. I convince most of my clients to schedule their session during golden hour - the last hour or two of sunlight at the end of the day. Not one has ever come to me wishing they'd done their photos in the middle of the afternoon. Colors are more vibrant, lighting more dramatic, and landscapes deeper. It's 110% worth it!
I hope you've enjoyed the glimpse into the Chavez Family Session and also learned a few useful things! Have questions? Leave them in the comments and I'll make sure to respond either on the blog or social media!