Family pictures used to be scheduled a couple times of year: at Christmas, and when a new addition had arrived.
Now, family pictures are a way for families to document their lifestyles. With more people using professional photographers instead of store photo studios, it allows families to showcase their personalities in a variety of locations. Here are a few tips to making your family pictures a success!
Write Down the Date
This piece of advice seems like a given, but last year I thought Christmas pictures were scheduled for the next week. Imagine my panic when I realized that they were that day…..and in 45 minutes.
Complete & utter panic set in.
Luckily, being the planner that I am, I already had everyone’s outfit picked out. My hair was still twisted up and underneath a scarf. I was throwing on my lipstick and fluffing out my hair on the way to our photo shoot.
Thank God our photographer can work miracles.
So can I tell you, please write the date down on the family calendar, add it to your Google calendar, whatever you have to do so you don’t forget.
Don’t be Afraid to Experiment with Colors & Patterns
I’ll have to admit something to you. When we first started our family, I thought every family picture had to be perfectly matchy matchy.
Every shade was exactly the same for every family member.
I was stuck in the 80’s & 90’s Olan Mills mode.
Then I realized how much better it looks when we wear a palate of colors in a variety of prints & patterns.
Relax If Your Kids Don’t Cooperate
In the past two years, we’ve had to reschedule family pictures because someone was sick–until we couldn’t put it off anymore.
My oldest would present her best fake smile & my youngest would often stare blankly at the camera. Some of our best shots are of the kids being candid– like throwing leaves in the air, snuggling with me in between shots & wrestling with each other.
The point of family pictures is to let your family’s personality shine. And if your kids don’t cooperate? Those non posed pictures will make memories too.
Plan Family Pictures on a Day With Little Else on the Schedule
Kids are unpredictable. You may have a baby who naps. Or a toddler who has just woken from a nap. It doesn’t take much for young children to get overstimulated.
Try to plan your family pictures on a day where your kids are not hopping from one location to the next. This may help them be in a better mood when it’s time to pose.
And don’t forget to squeeze in a picture with your spouse. After all, you guys did all the hard work!