Summer is right around the corner and my calendar is starting to load up with (BIG) family photo shoots.If this applies to you, keep reading for my (BIG) family photo shoot tips.
Tip #1: When shooting large family photos, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “What should we wear?” I don’t care for matching outfits- but I do think it’s important to match a color family. My friend Nora and her family opted for navy, white, and yellow, which all compliment one another well. I often tell my clients to wear colors that compliment each other and nature.
Tip #2: Break up the shoot! Book your photographer for one to two hours. This is so little ones can run around and act silly, grown ups to take a breather and grab some water, and it’s also so your photographer can scout a few locations that will fit you and give your photos some depth.
Tip #3: The giant family shots are the reason for the shoot, but take the time to get some individual family portraits taken too. Since you’re all dressed up and you’ve bribed your kids with candy and treats- you might as well get a great portrait of you and your family to add to your collection. Plus it makes the family album even better to see multiple shots of each family.
Tip #4: Request candid photos. My most favorite shots are the ones I wasn’t planning on getting. Little kids don’t love being photographed but when they’re allowed to be themselves and get lost in a game, they don’t notice the camera or stranger holding the camera as quickly. This allows for shots with natural smiles and joy.
Tip #5: Make sure to choose an area where there is plenty of natural sunlight and variations of backgrounds. No one wants a 100 photo gallery of the same picture over and over again. Spread out and be prepared to walk and explore.
Some sweet candid moments…
Tip #6: If possible get both sides of the family together for a day of photography and fun. Make the most of your time together by hiring a professional photographer to capture the time spent together as a family. You want to look for a photographer whose good with kids, uses natural light, and minimizes flash photography. A family event is the best time to take advantage of a family photo shoot.
Tip #7: Whenever possible get a shot list together in advance. Your photographer should know the basic outline of how many set ups and portraits s/he will be taking. This makes for a smoother photo shoot.
Tip #8: Have fun! No, seriously, don’t get stressed over the little ones that won’t sit still- it will show in your photos. Try to let them be themselves and I promise it will all come together just as it’s supposed too.
A very special thank you to the Ryan and Taylor Families for having me.
Enjoy your summer shoots, and if you’re in the NY/NJ area, give me a call. I’d love to photograph your family.
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