How to Prepare for Your Family Session
Hello, all! I’m pretty sure that at this point you’ve done plenty of research on who you want to photograph your beautiful family and thank you so much for looking in my direction! As a fine art photographer, I love creating timeless portraits and luxury artwork for my clients. Having family portraits produced in this fashion and style is a very fun and special way to help cement a moment in time that you and your family can cherish forever and easily share with any loved ones that are spread across the country or globe! While I can’t wait to begin composing some beautiful and striking images of your family, we should review the basics of some of the fundamentals to follow that will help us make our time together the best experience we can possibly have!
1: What to Wear
To get the best result for your family portraits, we will need to discuss your style and attire. This discussion is an important part of the success of any family photo shoot so that your session is true to your vision and stress-free. It’s important to feel just as amazing as you look! We want you and your family members to be comfortable. The best way to do this is to wear something that suits your style while still being appropriate for your shoot and comfortable. I will help you coordinate and plan everyone’s attire. Don’t stress, I have access to couture and designer gowns and accessories. If I don’t have what you need in my client closet, then I can easily direct you in the right direction for the attire and accessories that you seek!
2: If You Plan on Adding Hair and Makeup
When the day of your shoot arrives, it’s preferable to have whoever is having their hair and makeup done to wear clothing that is easy to change out of after their hair and makeup is completed. Generally, a button-up shirt or robe is the most comfortable for these situations and, especially, for the HAMU artist so they can work their magic! Clean hair is always a must! I do believe that it’s most beneficial to wash and dry your hair the night before a shoot. A clean face is also beneficial on the day of the shoot as this helps HAMU artist, and myself, to work to our maximum potential and give you, and your family, the best experience. Extra effort to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturizing your face will further ensure that the makeup will go on, and look, all the better!
3: Families with Small Children
It’s inevitable. Most little ones lose interest fast. This is a fact! I do my best to work fast with the wee ones so that we get the best shots possible before we have a meltdown. Children just naturally start to become complacent after hours of repetitive situations. To help curb this from I happening I always recommend that you bring snacks, books, tablets, and whatever else you think would help relieve them from any boredom or stress that might arise during the shoot. Bringing a friend or grandparent along to help with the children is a great idea. Also, please don’t expect your child to always sit still and smile during the whole session. This is the number one way to stress everyone out and not get the smiles you want. Children are my favorite people to photograph and I assure you we will have amazing portraits! Let them be them.
4: Be You and Have Fun
Out of all that I mentioned, one of the most important things to remember is to have fun! I like to have fun during my sessions and the true look of joy will shine brightest in any portrait! Real smiles and laughter during posed shots will make the most out our session. Older children and adults can have a harder time loosening up but, don’t worry, I’m here to help. I have taken countless posing classes from the best of the best and I promise that we will have a great time, and everyone will look gorgeous! That being said, I look forward to working with you and your family and to make some absolutely stunning family portraits!