I think it just might be on every mother’s mind to get some sort of family pictures in during the holidays. If you haven’t already scheduled with a professional here are some tips for getting better results.
- Where does your family like to hang out? Our family runs to the beach whenever possible. But it’s hard to get everyone there at the same time. So I do pictures in stages. Not everybody has to be in every photo. I shoot whoever is there and then try to get another session in with the missing ones later. To me it is more important to create a memory and have a good time with everyone. I just happen to have my camera along. My goal is to capture the different seasons in my family’s life and be able to have quality prints or an album to show for it. They don’t all have to be in the same photo to do this.
Some things to think about when planning to take family photos:
1. Wardrobe: choose 3 colors for everyone to wear, communicate this to them many times. Ask them to send you pics of their outfits.
2. Location: choose a fun outing centered around an activity. Make this the emphasis of your outing. Not the pictures.
3. Color Scheme: Think ahead of time about what colors you want on your walls or in your book.
4. Have fun! Remember you set the tone for the outing so try not to be uptight about getting the “perfect picture”. And by the way, “perfect pictures” are my least favorite!
Some people in your family will have really good ideas about what to do and where to go for your photos. Listen to them and be willing to capture some goofiness! When they are relaxed and having fun is when you will get your most precious shots! (even if it’s smack dab in the middle of posing them.)
Use props! Here we just grabbed some weeds and literally ducked tape them together!
Taking the green out of the image helped to take the focus off of his beloved Batman. It’s not ideal but I reached my goal of getting lifestyle shots of my husband and his son in this season of his 11 year old life without hating the colors that will go on my wall or in my book.
If you plan your pictures around an activity your family will let go and be far more relaxed in your images. We built a volcano with a village around it and then used red food coloring, baking soda and vinegar to make it erupt!
And don’t forget to hand the camera to someone else and jump in the shot yourself!
Hugs everyone and I hope your Thanksgiving holiday is a continuation of your every day Thankfulness!