1. WEAR MATCHING COLOURS
Whatever combination of colours you decide for your session make sure you choose the same color tones for the whole family! Blue and white is always a good choice, not only because it looks very good but also because we all have blue jeans and a white shirt in our closet. White actually looks good in combination with any other color, especially if you chose to have an outdoor session. Patterns, stripes and big logos are definitely to avoid.
2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME OF THE DAY
You’ve probably heard about the golden hour, it’s the time window that lasts not more than one hour when the sun is warm and soft and gives that special touch to your images. That means you will need to have your session done at sunrise or sunset to get the best out of your session!
I love doing my sessions early in the morning when the beach is empty and the families are relaxed as there’s no one around to disturb us.
3. MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT TIRED AND THEY HAD BREAKFAST/SNACK BEFORE THE SESSION
This might be challenging if you need to be at the location at 6 am, but it’s worth of waking the children one hour earlier, give them breakfast and give them time to wake up. When arriving with children still asleep we risk to waste precious time to sooth them, as the session time is limited.
4. MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS TIDY AND WELL GROOMED
The family photo session is not something you do every day, and you will probably want to have those images on your home walls, or share them with your loved ones. Brushed hair, ironed clothes, clean faces and some light make up for ladies is a must! You don’t want to look at those images in 20 years and say – why didn’t I just wash my hair?
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER
Choosing a right person to capture your family’s special moment is not easy. The marked offers so much and sometimes is very hard to decide. My advice is to find a professional who’s style will amaze you, and when you see his/her work you imagine having those images forever. The pricing can vary a lot as well, but if you love someone’s work it might be because that person is worth more and you will get much better result.
About the author:
Founder and Head Photographer "Ugly Duckling Studio"