The 5 Do’s and Dont’s for Family Portraits

Family portraits are a great thing to get done but more often then not you end up stressed out or hate your portrait session. Now, there are many things that should and shouldn’t be done during a family portrait session so we decided to point out 5 to do’s and not to do’s each. We hope this can help you out in the future.

The 5 Do’s

  • Consult with your photographer

Please consult with your photographer about what you are looking for, what needs to be worn, location, etc… This will help both us and you out. The more information we have the better. We want you and your portrait to look it’s best!

  • Be well rested

If you are tired your portrait will come out looking like you’re tired and unhappy.

  • Plan a atleast one hour of your day for your family portrait session

If you have a big family atleast one hour is needed to get that great portrait and we want to spend a bit of time with you and get every one on board. There is a lot more to it than just showing up and getting that shot.

  • Be patient

Please by all means be patient. Not just with us but with eachother. If a child is not cooperating we can take a break. We can always photograph dad with siblings while mom feeds the baby or allow the child to play for a bit. Sometimes there’s great portraits to be taken in those moments inbetween.

  • Have fun

Always have fun when your portraits are being taken. We want you to enjoy your time with us no need for that stiff upper lip type portrait. That style is so last century. The more relaxed you are the more it will show in the portrait.

The 5 Don’t Do’s

  • Don’t rush

Don’t rush your photographer or yourselves. Your portrait will come out looking like a snap shot and not great.

  • Don’t get haircuts the day before.

What if something happens and you don’t like how your hair looks. You will be unhappy and it will show. Plus your portrait is being taken that’s a moment of a bad hair day you will have documented. Do you really want that?

  • Don’t get upset, there’s no lives at risk

Getting upset while your portraits are being taken will show through. The mood can get captured and it’s just an uncomfortable situation for everyone. If one person gets stressed or upset everyone gets tense. Relax. Take a deep breath and enjoy your time.

  • Don’t worry

Worrying will be the photographer’s job. That’s why you hired us to take your portraits. If weather get’s bad we can always reschedule. Sometimes things are not in our control, things happen it’s a fact of life.

  • Don’t hesitate

If you have questions or ideas let us know. We can work with you. We are happy to hear your ideas and questions.

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