Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful life event that should be captured. It’s a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session.
Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations. Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.
Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.
1. Timing is everything.
If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.
2. Dos and don’ts of bribery.
Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier
3. Relinquish control.
As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.
4. It’s not just about the posing.
The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.
5. Plan ahead.
Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.
6. Keep those sugar levels up.
If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it
Enjoy capturing your memories.
Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.
1. Avoid trends.
While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.
2. Be realistic.
It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.
3. Size matters.
There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa's farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn't detract from it.
4. Make it meaningful.
If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.
5. Use what you have.
Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.
I am home a lot ( being that I homeschool 8 kids) So, naturally I get a lot of practice in Lifestyle/ Documentary work and so number 5 here is huge for me. I am constantly just using what I have available to me in my images. Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.
It's been a couple of months since I last posted and I have been dying to get back to it! I have lots to share. It's been a busy few weeks with moving onto our new land and living in a camper while we prepare to build again.
I am so excited to start up this series again and share with you one of my all time favorites, Michelle Lourenco. Enjoy getting to know this amazing artist!
What got you started in photography?
My husband bought me an entry level dslr several years ago, but I never really learned how to use it. It wasn't until I had my sons that I really wanted to learn how to document their childhood through photography. Cell phone pictures just weren't good enough anymore!
What three words describe your photographic style?
Moody, light inspired (sorry that two words), and raw.
What’s your favorite compositional technique?
I'd probably say minimalism and simplicity. I like clean, clutter free images the best.
Tell me a bit about your biz! Are you only personal work, or a mix of personal and client?
I mostly do personal work, but I'll also photograph families, seniors, couples, and children as the need arises. I don't really market myself, I let people come to me. I have this fear of over doing it and then not really enjoying photography anymore. It's become such a passion and form of therapy for me.. I never want it to be a source of stress.
How would you describe your ultimate dream shoot or personal project?
One where my boys would do everything I asked them to! Haha. Photographing kids is definitely my favorite. I've always wanted to get a diverse group of children today and photograph them in some gorgeous light just playing and enjoying each other without the stereotypes of the world. I just think it would be beautiful. Kids are so pure of heart.. I love watching them interact with one another. Also, I'd love to do a patriotic shoot! I'd love to get a service member from each branch of the military in their dress uniform and photograph them together symbolically showing a united front.
What’s one of the most interesting experiences you’ve ever had in a session or personal project?
Hmm.. I can't say that I've had anything crazy happen, but I've definitely learned to roll with the punches. Kids don't always act how you want them to, clients show up with extra family members for their session, dads can be stiff and grumpy.. I find that the more I let go of the image I had imagined in my head, I can capture the real raw moment and that's where it's at.
What’s your favourite image you’ve ever taken (please share, and tell me the story behind the image)?
My favorite image isn't exactly the most spectacular image, but it is the first image that I felt really proud of. For the first time since I had seriously started learning photography, I felt like I was going to be able to capture my family how I had always dreamed of. I've never been looking for perfection, just progress and real moments. (I'll attach the image below).
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in photography?
Learn your camera and learn the basics. Don't settle for shooting in auto.. It'll never get you the photos you desire. Most importantly, never give up or compare. Photography is your own artistic expression so what is beautiful to you may not be beautiful to someone else and that's okay. Comparison will kill your progress quicker than anything else. Just work towards being a better photographer than you were yesterday; it'll all fall into place that way.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
You know, I'm really not sure! I have a bachelors degree in psychology and social and criminal justice, but I never worked in those fields. Photography has been the first career path that I've found such great passion in. I'm mostly a mom, but I'm hopeful that one day I can find a good balance and have a thriving business as a photographer.
"Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart." -Kahlil Gibran
LR or PS?
Definitely lightroom. I use photoshop very minimally... it's rather overwhelming still.
Any favorite presets?
I started out using tribe red leaf and I'll still go back to them sometimes, but lately I've mostly been using Mastin Labs Porta Pushed presets with quite a few tweeks.
Photographer/photographers who has influenced you the most?
Our first family photographer back in San Diego inspired me a lot! Her name is Amber Craig of Amber Craig Photography. I found myself so awestruck by her images and knew I wanted to have a similar style. I'll still message her with questions or just to chat about photography. In general though, I'm really inspired by photographers who capture real moments.. not so much staged with carefully picked out outfits. Also, photographers who have a dark and moody style.. that's my favorite! You and Cynthia Dawson are two of my favorites for sure!
List any articles you have written, contests you've won etc... brag about your self!! can I get the links?
Eeek.. I don't really have a lot of brag worthy awards. I did enter shoot and share this year with one image placing as a finalist (364th out of 35,570 photos). I also had 10 photos in the top 10%, 10 in the top 20%, and 6 in the top 30%. The year before I only had one image in the top 10% and one in the top 20%.
And there you have it!! Isn't she fabulous? Please go and check her out on Instagram and give her a follow HERE!
I Happy New Year!!! What are your goals for your business this year? I for one, am really hoping to get going in taking clients on, and creating a succesful photgraphy business this year. Every where I research I read about how blogging is THE way to grow your business and really get recognized and ranked in Google. I absolutely HATED writing in school and as you can see.... am not very good at it, BUT I LOVE photography and will do anything to really grow my business!