We always have good intentions of getting family photos done. We will do it for Christmas, and then when Christmas passes then we say we will get them done in the Spring. There are many reasons to put off getting pictures done of ourselves, especially if we don’t want to see ourselves. I see you though. I have had countless clients hesitant to book because they don’t like the way they look. They think their cheeks are too round right now. They think they’ve gained a little weight. They think they need to dye their hair. They think they need to work out a little more, or find the right dress to hide their self proclaimed flaws.
Guess what? Your family will see none of that. They just want a photo with you in it next to them. You are the person they love- even if you can’t figure out why as you look in the mirror. The first thing people see when they look at a photo is the smile and the eyes of the subject. When those things are bright and genuinely happy to be with the other people in the photo- that is what makes a gorgeous picture. Years are flying by and your children are growing, so get the pictures done. You will not be sorry to look back and see they joy on your face and your children’s faces when you were all having the time of your life hanging out with me and throwing sand at the windmills. See you there!
My goal as a photographer is to have life long clients who fill my days by trusting the moments in time they want to remeber to me and my artistic skills. I love to do Maternity shoots and then get pictures of the whole family later. It just tickles my heart and gives me all the feels to be a part of those moments.
Having a new baby is such a joyous occassion. It is fascinating to think we were all little and helpless once, and sleeping all day. So cute and tiny and innocent. It doesn't last long though! Newborns grow quickly and often by three weeks they are out of the sleepy phase and become very active. Active babies are wonderful, don't get me wrong, but they are not the easiest to photograph.
The very best time for newborn photos is when the baby is 7 to 14 days old. They tend to be sleepy and easy to pose. It can be chaotic to have a newborn, and you will have a hard time keeping up on housework. It is okay though! You have a new life to take care of, and your photographer knows that. Many beautiful shoots are done in messy master bedrooms where mom and baby have been holed up breastfeding for days at a time. It is the baby's most comfortable envirnoment.
My photographer came when our house was quite messy, but my husband and I cleaned up around the bed and opened the curtains, and we got some really beautiful pictures that we will cherish forever. I am glad she did not allow me to reschedule when the day before I just felt like it would be too much for me to deal with while having a new baby. I had wanted to reschedule until the next week, but she said it would no longer be newborn photos, it would be baby pictures. I will never forget that. So we did it anyways and I have no regrets.
Golden hour light is just the very best and most beautiful to work with. It is my favorite lighting situation by far and it is the time during which I get some of my best images. Also just before sun rises and as the sun is rising a bit is another window of golden light opportunity.
The reason these lighting conditions are so great is that while the sky itself is lit, the sun is at or near the horizon, and so the direct rays are dissipated. I remember having my first family photo shoot done, and our photographer had chose sunset for the time. The whole way there my husband was worried that it was too dark already. We ended up with beautiful images and they are some of my favorite photos to this day.
If you ever wonder why your photographer whats to photograph you only at certain times, keep in mind that the sun causes harsh lighting during mid day. If I don't have Saturday at noon available, it is most likely because our chosen location will be harshly lit at that time. Always trust that the right light will dramatically improve the images your photographer takes, thus making their job much easier. Can't wait to see you all at Sunset!
I think the most common question clients have when booking photos is what to wear. It is an important subject too, because the wrong color and pattern combo can terrorize otherwise beautiful images. If all subjects are in the same color, or similar colors they subjects will blend together. Too many patterns and colors that don't go together also do not make for pleasing images. This beautiful family did such a great job! They achieved a perfect balance of colors.
I usually begin with a Children's item of clothing, because those are usually the ones with more colors to work with. Adult clothing tends to be less colorful. For our holiday maternity shoot, I dressed my son in this amazing shawl collar reindeer sweater from Cat and Jack. It was Blue Green with cream reindeer, and turquoise and dark grey accents. It was busy enough, so I did jeans to finish off the outfit and a white undershirt.
I then moved on to my outfit. I chose a dark grey dress with a subtle white pattern. I finished the outfit with a couple simple pieces of turquoise jewelry and dark grey opaque tights. My husband wore a green plaid shirt with turquoise accent colors and jeans. It made for amazing pictures!
Basically the ideal image for four people will have two people in patterns complimenting each other. Maybe one Hawaiian shirt for Dad, and a matching striped dress for his daughter. Or perhaps the Son is in a plaid shirt and mom is in a flowered dress with matching colors. The other two people should be dressed in solids with colors picked from the patterns. Using shawls, scarfs, hats, hair accessories, and jewelry can help add color balance. For a 5th person, keep with solids and then if you are adding in a 6th person throw in another pattern complimenting the others.
This coming from a former visual coordinator in the retail industry. I hope this helps you pick outfits that are amazing and complimentary to each other for your next photo session!