You see these family photos and they’re perfect! The kids all look amazing, parents look happy, the house is beautiful! Why can’t that be me? Today I’m going to make you feel better about your kids who don’t listen, your style that you believe lacks and your “dark & dingy lighting in your house! Keep reading for a few truths behind not just family photos but these tips can also help with content photography.
Ok friends, the biggest truth I can tell you is, that photo probably took FOREVER to actually capture and the photographer luckily somehow got all the stars to align to capture JUST ONE in focus shot!
I’m now going to share with you the photos you hope you’re going to get, with the reality of what is probably actually being captured. Huge shout out to my girl Kristy Powers Photography for working with me to capture the best family photos and content photos for my blog and social media! When you find someone who “gets you” hold them close and this girl gets me with little to no effort and that’s not easy, ask my husband!
You’re going to want everyone looking their best with perfectly styled beautiful outfits like all those super nice Christmas cards you get at Christmas time when you wonder how the eff did they captured that photo? This is what your kids are probably going to actually look like at first!
PRO TIP: Go shopping for kids outfits during the slow time of the day or if you can plan it when a merchandiser is working, you just might luck into getting outfits put together by someone who knows how to put together super cute outfits!
You’re going to want them sitting straight up and smiling for the camera like this…
BUT you’re going to spend 30 minutes trying to get someone to sit still long enough for the photographer like this
PRO TIP: Let the kids goof around, let them be silly, let their voices be heard but tell them to remember for every silly photo, mommy gets one nice photo.. (bribes optional)
Everyone looks so darn sweet and happy. Family photos are magical, aren’t they? WRONG!!!! No one wants to have their kids running amuck during a photo session but sometimes if you just let them get it out, often you can move past it quicker.
Let them goof around! What’s the harm? You end up with photos like this…
PRO TIP: Emotions are big, sometimes our kiddo’s cannot quite communicate what’s bugging them. Stop for the hugs and silly faces, sometimes a simple hug can make the world a better place for them.
Lastly, be aware of your lighting! When planning the places you want to shoot, consider the lighting and angles. Your photographer SHOULD know how to move around to find the best lighting but sometimes the lighting isn’t great to begin with. Like this…
Moving to the other side, like Kristy has done here will change the look. Consider lighting when choosing a location.
PRO TIP: Get your cell phone out and do some test shots of your own before setting the location. Obviously, it won’t tell you EXACTLY what it will look like but you’ll get a solid idea!
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Disclaimer: I received a very good deal from the lovely Kristy Powers for my content/family photos in exchange for inclusion in this blog post! Kristy is also a very dear friend of mine!
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