I put a high priority on my own personal family photos. When I'm old and these days have long passed, the only things I'll have from this time in our lives are our memories and our photographs. My children are young and their memories of this age will be fuzzy. Having something concrete will be more meaningful to them as they grow up. I know that intellectually, people know this. However, I see more and more women delay doing it. They get caught up in not knowing what to wear, or not liking themselves in photos, or wanting to first lose ten pounds, or cringing at the thought of getting their families to cooperate. The truth is: none of those things really matter. Family photos aren't about looking like some fantasy version of perfect. They are supposed to be exactly who you are today. Your best version of who you really are. To do this, we help orchestrate it for you. We help you feel great about your clothes, we help you prepare the kids so they are excited about the session (seriously, it works, and it doesn't usually include bribery) and we lead our clients through the photos so that they always have something to do and are creating real moments.
I recently worked with a great family at Yorktown Beach. They had the right attitude and the result was photos that were exactly what the mom wanted. Take a look, and at the end I'll tell you the keys to success.
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So what did this family do that worked so well?
1. They treated this like a fun family event. No threats of punishment for misbehavior. Post-session bribery is optional. (They went for ice cream! The littlest girl invited me to go with them.... awwww!) Having a permanent reminder of a great time spent together should be the goal of any family photo session.
2. They listened to me. I told them everything they needed to know to prepare for the session. My directions are simple, yet very effective. No matter who you hire, you should always trust your photographer. When we first met a few weeks before the session, the mom had some clear ideas on what was important to her. That is always helpful, no matter how vague or specific. I can more easily tailor a session to be perfect for them, when they take the time to tell me.
3. They forgot to care what they looked like. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true. Most people say they like candid photos of themselves better than posed. The difference is that in candid photos, you forget someone is taking your picture, or you're having too much fun to be nervous about it. Enjoy life, and have that joy photographed!
(By the way, this entire session only lasted about 30 minutes. Great photos don't have to drag on forever!)
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