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Friday, August 23, 2019

Make the most of your family session

So you've booked a family photo session.
Outfits are picked.  (Need help with that?  Click here.)
Now what?

Well, here are a few tips and tricks to get the best session possible.

Don't come hungry.  No one likes to smile when they are hungry.  If the timing doesn't work with a meal before, get a snack.  Pro tip: don't get your photo outfits stained and messy!  Stick with a snack that won't stain: cheese sticks, crackers, carrots, grapes, apple, etc.

Arrive early.  Allow plenty of time to find the location, park, and do any last minute prep (brushing hair, etc).  Family photo mini sessions are often scheduled back-to-back without much time in between, so arriving late may cut into your photo time.

Come happy!  If possible, schedule  at a time when you won't be rushed.  Listen to upbeat music on the way.  Keep the vibes positive.  I know in real life, it is easy to have something (or everything) go wrong.  Try to keep smiling.  You don't have to be a perfect family to capture a perfect memory. Pro tip: kids can get away with being crazy, but Mom and Dad have to smile through it all!  If Mom doesn't look good, the photo just doesn't work (Am I right?!).

Bring stuff.  If you have little kids, bring a favorite toy, blanket, book, bubbles, etc.  Some kids are nervous in front of the camera, and a beloved toy can help put them at ease. Plus, your photographer may be able to use it to get the child's attention, or use it as a prop.

Go with it!  Some of the best pictures are spontaneous and unplanned.  Have fun connecting with your family.  Be flexible and open-minded.

Bribes.  I have been there.  I will not judge.  Please keep your promises.  And please do not bribe with colorful candy that will turn mouths blue, green, red, purple, etc or make a mess otherwise. Small marshmallows, Smarties, fruit snacks, dry cereal for the little ones... these are all good options. 


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