If you have a scheduled family photo shoot coming up, you may want to start thinking about how to prepare for the day’s events. Yes, the photo shoot is meant to be a fun way to get some great family pictures, but you want to make the most of the time you have with your photographer. It’s best to come prepared and here are some helpful tips to make the shoot a big success.
Get plenty of rest the night before. No one wants to have cranky family members as you’re trying to make precious memories in front of the camera. A good night’s sleep (as well as a hearty breakfast) will help ensure that everyone is in their best mood and can have the stamina to “work it” in front of the camera for an hour or so.
Pick out clothes in advance. This is probably something you’re already thinking about if you’re thinking about doing a photoshoot, but we can’t stress this enough. Think about what kind of look/mood you’re going for in your pictures. Do you want to be casual, formal, etc.? Come up with a few outfit choices for everyone and then decide at least a few days before so that everything is ready to go that day. And don’t forget to iron if need be!
Plan that not everything will go as planned. Maybe you had the perfect outdoor location picked out, but then it rained. Or your kids are not “cooperating” the way you’d like them to. That’s OK. Not everything will be perfect but it will all turn out the way it was meant to be. Let your kids run around or hold their favourite toy. When you look back at your photos, you’ll remember the unexpected parts of the day that just somehow seemed to work out just right.
And most importantly – have fun! Yes, it may seem unnatural to stand in front of the camera and try to act causal. But if you can let go a bit and forget that the camera is there, that is when the best, most authentic moments really come through. Then you’ll know it way all worth it in the end.
Images via Google. Images not the work of Meagan Baker Photography.