So you schedule your family photo session and you see all these beautiful images on social media, and you dream of having these beautiful canvases or portraits hung on your walls in your beautiful home of your family. Now how do we achieve these and bring those visions to life of that perfect family photography session.
We find a beautiful location. The Bay Area CA is my play ground and I love that we have so many locations that are around to offer. Choosing a location that you love is a start whether it be the beach or a beautiful spot amongst the trees or as simple as a lifestyle photography session in your very own home. Next thing what to wear? That is the fun and sometimes a struggle. Being a Family and Lifestyle photographer I always look at style and color. Starting with color ideas that Mom loves maybe a couple colors and choosing a palette. Then we look at either who is picky when it comes to style and clothing. I suggest we aim to be comfortable and not miserable. Sometimes I also suggest picking out Mom’s stuff first. What do we want to feel when we see our photos? I always suggest something flowy like dresses or longer skirts, and if its breezy or windy, I feel like they add to the mood and overall feel of the photos we capture. I feel like it creates a feel and a vibe. Once that first style is picked its easy to pick the rest out. Look again at colors and palettes. I love bold fall colors, and even neutral softer tones for in the home or in studio photo sessions. If you have chosen 1 main color go to pinterest or even google and plug in that color with some others and see what palettes you can find. Then we can go thru and find the colors and simple styles that mesh to work for the family. We just want to avoid overly loud neons and clothing with logos. I also never suggest baseball hats, hats are awesome and fun when they are the stylish ones. I very much advise against overly matchy like clothes and styles, make each outfit its own and you want it to flow and it can be painted or have patterns and prints it can be bold, it can have lots of color but just stick with a palette. I offer to assist all my clients with this stuff. The styling is fun. There are so many vibes you can get from what style you choose. I really love boho and modern styles and always look at styles that are popular and suggest to make it your own. For my clients I also offer some dresses and also have some stuff for the kiddos in my client closet. I can also offer a good list of stores or shops for finding the right outfit that will be comfortable and will flow nicely and fit that vibe. Next after looking at all that its pretty easy to pick out the other outfits.
Once all that is handled all there is left to do is show up at location and have fun with your family or your partner. Dance in the sunlight and hug on to one another, hold each others hand and hold onto the moment and breathe it all in. There will always be some direction but really snuggle up with one another and look at each other. The camera and photographer will always be there but it is there to capture your story and your love. The session may not always be comfortable and can sometimes be a little awkward but it will warm up a little after a few minutes. Try to think of a word before the session that describes what you wanna see when you see those images on your walls and think about that during the session. No pressure for the kiddos to smile the whole time, tickle them tease them and make them laugh and really just try and feel each other, connect and even talk with each other and let me witness and capture that feeling and that moment.