Here are some tips for getting ready for family photos:
Coordinate clothing choices to look cohesive but not too matchy-matchy. When I am styling for family photos I am going to need some input. If you wanted me to take complete control, I actually have no problem doing so, but I do need a basic idea what color scheme you would love to go off of, I typically am a fan of neutrals, but the occasional pop of color mixed in well with layering of different textures and patterns will take the total look of photos a long way. Sometimes you want to dress for the season, dressing in colors that best fit the season is a easy way to pick the colors you wanted to go off of.
Choose a Lehigh Valley location that is meaningful or visually appealing. I actually provide my clients with the most perfect scouted locations in the Lehigh Valley, it is included in my packages. My location guide has the most beautiful views, textures and settings in either Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton or surrounding areas. However, if you wanted to go to a spot meaningful to your family I am always so welcoming to that idea! There is a way with doing photos in your own home that when your children are old will have such a meaning to them.
Consider hiring a professional photographer to capture the best shots, aka ME! I am your professional that spent many hours studying how to find that perfect shot! Not only do I know how to perfect the photo, I am a sucker for details as well. Details like hand holding or children playing with mothers necklace are those tender moments that cannot be forgotten. And when they are forgotten, you will have an everlasting memory of the moment with the photo.
Make sure everyone is well-rested and fed before the photo shoot. If your child still naps, nap them appropriately before the photoshoot. If you decide on taking photos in the summer, summer sunsets are 8 PM. So, if you can take a later nap that day its probably best to do that! No one wants a cranky kid, but if the cranky kid happens to be there that is okay too! That will be a memory of the time and sometimes remembering a crying toddler is something you want to remember in 20 years. Fed children = happy children! I always bring candy rewards for the kids, but make sure they are not coming to a photoshoot hungry!
Bring props or accessories that reflect your family’s personality or interests. If your baby has a favorite blanky, bring it! You want to remember all the little moments and if it includes babies teddy’s or dolls and if it is something they can’t leave the house with, like my 3 year old can’t, bring the teddy!