You’ve found your ideal photographer to capture your beautiful family - but how do you actually prepare for the shoot?
Below are some tips and ideas to help you with that.
Book Your session well in advance
It’s important to give yourself enough time to prepare. You will need time to get your hair and appearance done so you look just the way you want to on the day. It also allows for time to get everyone excited about the shoot.
Choose your location
In conjunction with your photographer decide on the best location of your photoshoot. This could be in a lovely garden, forest, beach or even at your home if it is suited for photography.
The best time of day for photos
For outdoor photo shoots the best time for photography is an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. The time you pick will depend on if your family are the morning type or not. Sunset is perhaps better if you have young children. It will allow more time to get everyone ready.
If the location is well shaded like a forest then almost any time of the day should be suitable
If you choose a studio photoshoot then anytime during the day is fine and it’s not weather dependent.
Props, accessories and pets
Feel free to bring any props that showcase your interests and that you want to include in your pictures such as sports equipment, toys etc. If the location allows for pets then definitely bring them along. They are part of the family too.
If it’s a windy day, ladies please remember hair accessories to keep your hair in place. Keep Jewelry simple and to the minimum but at the same time express your individual personality.
What to wear
Create visual cohesiveness with colours that work well together. Also avoid oversized print or very bright colours that detract from your photos.
Everyone should have the same level of “dressiness “ for example you all either dress casual or formal. Remember to dress for your surroundings.
Avoid colourful sweets and drinks before the session that could stain the children's mouths. Make sure everybody has had a bite to eat before so that nobody gets hungry and grumpy during the shoot. It will help to bring some liquid refreshments along in case anyone gets thirsty.
Just let the kids be themselves and let them express themselves how they want to for the photos.
Don't worry about posing, I will guide you with that and make sure that everyone is always posing correctly. Making crazy poses of your own are also very welcome. It’s your photoshoot and you must have fun.
A photo shoot should be fun and a bonding experience for everyone. You will be creating lifelong memories, so have fun, be yourself and this will show in your photos.
If you would like to book a photoshoot or to get in touch, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 0630 769.