What to Expect During Your Family Photography Session
Family photography sessions are so much fun! Let’s go over a few things to make sure you know what to expect at our session!
A normal family session can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a full hour depending upon how many children there are in the family, how cooperative they are, and how many groups or poses desired. There is not a limit to how many photos we can take within your session, you have me for the hour. I will always ask at the end of our session if we have done everything you were wanting, or if there is anything else we need to do.
I like to use a mixture of poses. There will be some formal shots, some interacting shots, and most likely some silly shots too. We will have fun, and I will work with everyone to get them to relax and have a good time. (You will love my knock knock jokes – trust me!)
Working with children is my specialty. From the time we meet, I will work to establish a friendship with your child(ren). By doing this it will help me to interact with them once I have my camera in front of my face. This is very important in getting that connection with the child in the camera (we all want that staring into the lens picture). It is very helpful if you let me try to work with your child one on one while I am shooting (otherwise they will be looking at you in all the photos). If your child is timid or shy, I may ask you to come stand right behind me. This might make them feel more comfortable.
My Best Advice
As a mother of two young boys, I can promise you this. The day of your photos, no matter how much you plan, there will more than likely be some sort of curve ball (Murphy’s Law). Someone will fall and scratch their face, or miss a nap, or not eat their lunch. Or maybe Mom’s hair doesn’t cooperate, Dad forgets to shave, or someone spills something in the car. Try to stay calm! Easier said than done, I know. The calmer the parents, the more relaxed the children, the better the family portraits. We can work the problems out when you arrive, I promise!
Want more information? Here is a link to a page on “What to bring” to your session!