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Family Photos: Five Helpful Tips

It's that time of year again, rounding up the whole family for the dreaded holiday pictures! Sure we take lots of pictures in our family but I've got to say, it doesn't get easier. Especially holiday photos, which I tend to stress out over. Holiday pictures are a big deal, it's the pictures that make the holiday card and are the ones that we tend to frame and will be the ones we look back on for years to come.

Today, I'm sharing five tips that make our family photos go a little more smoothly.

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1. Plan out your vision - The first thing I like to do is bring my vision to life. I start with what Style I am going for, for the specific shoot. Weather you are wanting to shoot in a field, at a farm, in your house, settle on the location first. From there, it'll be easy to get a photographer and coordinate your looks and props based on the setting. For this shoot, I knew I wanted to capture the beauty of fall and in corporate something we did as a family, which was apple pick. 

2. Plan out your looks / props  - Once I picked out my location, I can now focus on what we will all be wearing. Since we were shooting at the apple orchard, I knew I wanted our looks to be inspired by fall. When coordinating our looks, I like to start with myself first. Since I am the only girl in my little family, I know I will probably have the busiest piece or the piece that pops.  I had this Free People dress that I thought would be perfect for the shoot since it was white and had pretty embroidery. I coordinated the boys looks around mine. Keep in mind, you don't want your looks to be too busy or to clash with each other. Since there were a lot of colors in our location (green trees, blue sky, red apples) I kept the guys looks very neutral. I like to add some texture to their looks, so for Cameron's little sweater, I made sure he had some texture. Also, remember, these will be pictures you will be looking back on for years to come. Try and keep it simple and not too trendy, you don't want to look back 10 years from now and say .. "what was I thinking wearing that dress"

3. Give yourself enough time - Give yourself enough time to shoot, especially if these are for the holidays. I've waited until the last minute in the past and barely had enough time to get my christmas cards out. There's so many things to think about when planning a shoot. 

  • You want to make sure the weather is warm enough. Last year we shot when it was snowing, it was freezing out and we all looked miserable! 
  • You want to make sure you book a photographer in advance. Lots of photographers book up for the holidays with family sessions so you don't want to end up without having one.
  • Shoot weeks before the holidays. It takes time for the photographer to get pictures back to you. It will take you time to style your holiday card. There processing time on holiday cards and then you still have to send your cards out. It all takes time! 

4. Prepped and ready to go - I always find the getting prepped and ready the day before is keep! We always shoot in the morning and having a kid makes it that much harder to get out of the house. I like to have our clothes and props hung up and set up next to each other so once we are ready, we can just get dressed and it makes the processes that much easier.

5. Keeping your little one happy - Cameron is three years old and just like any child, he is not into posing for pictures. I've noticed that you have to keep it fun for them. Sure bribing and feeding them snacks definitely helps, but make it a game!  If your outdoors, try and make it a game for them , see how many birds they can count or apples they can find. This way they are contained, focused and you can be sure to grab some cute action shots. 

If you found this post helpful, be sure to pin it to look back on for your holiday pictures to come.

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