For today’s blog, I want to do something a little different. I am going to share some tips that will help you feel more prepared the next time you take professional family photos outdoors!
Let’s talk about location:
I love taking professional family photos at Cypress Grove Park because of all the variety of natural backgrounds that it offers. Throughout the year, the leaves’ colors change, allowing families to get a little magic from each season added into their professional family photos. If you’re in the Orlando area, this is a wonderful spot. However, when taking your professional family photos, any beautiful park with lots of trees is a great choice. If you’re not sure about the best locations, we know all the great spots around and love to help! I will include photos from a couple of sessions I recently took at Cypress Grove Park at the bottom so you can see all of the variety the park offers- this is what you want!
But Adri, why do I want this? Because sure, you can go to a studio or do a mini session at just one spot, but choosing a park that has lots of different backgrounds will give you more flexibility when you actually print these and place them around your house because you will have different colors to work with. Additionally, it becomes more about your family than the props in the photo. Different places bring out different vibes from people. If your family is not “feeling” one particular spot, you can just move on to the next. When looking at the end result of your professional family photos, you will love the variety. If you have small children, 30 minutes is usually short enough for the kids to stay happy and long enough to calmly walk around and take photos at most of the great spots. If the park has a playground or tables, you can even turn your photo shoot into a picnic and let the children enjoy the park.
Moving on to what to wear for your professional family photos:
Well, that is up to you and what you envision for your photo shoot. Wear something that is comfortable and coordinates with your family members’ outfits. If you’re a relaxed family and don’t love to dress up, why would you?These photos are for YOU. Or maybe you don’t always dress up but mom really wants professional family photos of everybody dressed up, make her happy! You just want it to look like you’re all in the same family, so if mom and daughter are wearing cute casual dresses, big brother is in his gym outfit, and dad is wearing a tuxedo that’s probably not going to look right. In the end, the best thing to wear is your smile! Bring touch up makeup or any hair products that might help if anything happens. If you tend to sweat, a small clean towel is a good idea.
What if the kids aren’t used to it?
This is a big one! Taking professional family photos can be scary for kids, especially when they’re not used to it. Think about it, there’s a stranger taking photos of them (unless you’re a regular of course), and they don’t know why they can’t just go look at that squirrel, pick up that flower, or run out and play. Don’t worry, we know how to handle these moments. I always have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to kids. What you CAN do, is to not make it seem like it’s all about the professional family photos. Get your kids excited on the ride by seeming so excited yourself (even if you hate photos, Dad! Take one for the team!). If they think their parents are so excited, they will most likely get excited also. Prepare them ahead of time, not by telling them what not to do, but by telling them what TO do while the photographer takes their professional family photos.
What if the kids aren’t cooperating?
That’s perfectly normal, we expect this! If your child needs a break, he or she needs a break! Don’t expect all of your professional family photos to look perfectly posed. We’ll switch it up and come back to that posed photo you really wanted later. We might have to create natural moments instead of all posed moments, but you’d be surprised, these can be just as beautiful or even more beautiful than posed photos. I like to give families a mixture of both.
Don’t be afraid to try something different.
I like my families to have fun. I may envision something that would be cute and ask you to try it, if you’re willing, the result can be magical.
Last but DEFINITELY not least, communicate with your photographer PRIOR to the photo shoot. We want to please YOU. So if you’re set on something specific that you want or don’t want, don’t be shy. We want you to be proud of your professional family photos so that you show them off to the world. After scheduling your mini phone consultation, think about questions you want to ask and things we should know so we can provide you with the best experience!
Here are some examples of a couple of family sessions I did at Cypress Grove Park recently. Click on the photo and the right arrow to view more: