Good Afternoon, Friends!
Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Although the weather has been pretty rainy the last 24 hours, we hope it hasn’t put a damper on your day. I don’t know about you but I always find myself spending more time on my personal social media account when the weather is rotten outside. I’m not sure whether I’m subconsciously trying to live vicariously through my friends who live near the coast (or are traveling to tropical places) or if it’s the lack of being able to spend the afternoon at the park but, regardless, I’ve been active on Facebook today and I noticed that several of my friends are getting their holiday family photos taken lately. This inspired us to ask our friends over at Plank Photography to send over their top ten tips for making the most out of your next photo session. Take a look…
Top Ten Tips For Making The Most Out Of Your Next Photography Session
A Guest Post From Plank Photography
#1 Be Well (Rested & Fed)
We’re all at our best when we’ve had enough rest and our bodies are well nourished. Try to schedule your family photography session around your existing routine avoiding nap times and regular bedtime so that you’re well rested and ready to go when taking pictures. Like the Snickers commercials say, you’re not you when you’re hungry so be sure to grab a snack on the way to your session!
Pro Tip: If your child is (or has been) sick, they very likely need lots of rest and healthy foods: Don’t hesitate to reschedule with your photographer.
#2 Don’t Rush (Getting Ready)
What happens in the hour or two prior to your arrival will likely set the tone for how your session will go. Be sure to leave plenty of time for showers and baths, dressing, and grooming for the entire family so that your family won’t feel rushed beforehand.
Pro Tip: We know moms are typically busy getting everyone else in the family ready but remember to leave time for yourself, too!
#3 Be Happy Participants
Attitude is everything. When someone in the family isn’t enjoying the idea of taking family pictures, it impacts the mood of the session. Remind them that your images are memories for your children and family to have long after you’re gone.
Pro Tip: Spend some time revisiting special photos before your session as a reminder of how important capturing this time is to future generations.
#4 The Cohesive Family
The number one question I get from families is “What do we wear during our session?”. While I don’t normally dole out fashion advice (because I want my clients to dress according to their own style), I usually advice AGAINST identical clothing (all the same print or color). Coordinating colors that look cohesive will translate well in your photographs. Don’t be afraid to dress in layers and try to say away from bold patterns and prints.
Pro Tip: Your photographer may have a Pinterest board you can look at ahead of time for inspiration.
#5 Don’t Be Above The Bribe
Some parents are okay with bribing their little ones with snacks or treats in exchange for smiles and good behavior during the session (and they make for GREAT incentives). If at all possible, try to wait until the end of the session for the rewards to avoid messes on clothing or on the set.
Pro Tip: Toddlers are messy! Try to avoid colorful snacks that might stain teeth or clothes. Marshmallows and cheerios make for great snacks since they don’t leave color on their sweet little lips.
#6 Bring A Helper
The best pictures are ones where everyone is happy so don’t be afraid to ask for help with your session. Invite a grandparent or friend who can come along and help you take care of the little ones when it’s not their turn to be photographed. Your helper can also assist with wiping hands and faces and wardrobe changes.
Pro Tip: Moms need extra hands sometimes, be sure to let your helper know exactly how they can ensure a successful session for your family.
#7 Don’t Side With The Photographer
Tricked you there, didn’t we?! If you’re trying to help and get a child’s attention, stand BEHIND the photographer instead of to their side. When you’re standing to the side, your child will likely be focused on you and not in the direction of the camera.
Pro Tip: Stand tall! Try to place your child’s attention at the camera by placing your hand or a focus object just above the photographer’s head.
#8 The Early Bird Gets The Session
Fall is, hands down, the most popular time to have family photos taken here in the Midwest because the weather is great and the trees are beautiful. If you wait too long to book with your favorite photographer, you may not be able to grab a spot for a session.
Pro Tip: We know you’re not going to send out holiday cards until December but don’t wait until September or October to book your session or you might miss out.
#9 Skip The “Cheese”
Saying ‘cheese’ can be downright cheesy. Let your photographer interact with your children instead of having them say ‘cheese’ so that the photographer can capture more natural laughs and smiles in your photographs.
Pro Tip: Introduce your children to the photographer early on so that they’ll be comfortable enough to laugh and smile when it’s just them in front of the camera.
#10: Relax & Have Fun!
Things don’t always have to be pristine and perfect. Sometimes real life makes for great memories. Relax during your photography session and enjoy it.
Call Angie over at Plank Photography to book your family photo session today (913) 856-5950 or visit online at plankphotography.net