Professional photos are a lovely idea for families of all shapes and sizes. There are several different times in your life when you may wish to hire a professional to capture your memories. However, it is not going to be cheap. Regardless of how much you are paying for your professional photos, you want to be sure that the photographer is capturing you in your best light and that your family are on their best behaviour. Below are some excellent tips on getting the best professional photos done that you will be proud to display around the house.
Choosing the Right Setting
There are several different options when it comes to getting your professional photos done. Portrait studios will have different backgrounds to choose from as well as different props. Portrait pictures are often in black and white and are designed to highlight your family rather than the background.
Natural photography is done in an outdoor setting, such as in a rainforest, by the beach or in a garden. It is designed to be more natural and highlight the setting as well as your family. The shots will be of your family walking, laughing, playing on the ground, running in the sand rather than just sitting and smiling.
The first thing you need to decide is whether you are looking for the family portrait or a more natural photo shoot. Choosing a good photographer will help make this decision easier! This will depend on what you want the pictures for and how your family will behave. It might be a little easier to get a toddler to play naturally in the sand than sit still in a studio. Another good thing about doing a more natural photo shoot is that many photographers will be happy to include your family pet in some of the pictures which adds a little extra colour to the traditional family shot.
Wear the Same Colour
Wearing the same colour creates a harmonic and unified look for your family. Many photographers will use a black or white background. Wearing black against a white background or white against a black background looks sharp and elegant. You can add a simple pair of blue jeans for everyone for an easy collective look. However, you don’t have to stop at black and white. You may want to go with something bold like red t-shirts or colourful dresses and matching ties for the boys. Whatever the case, make sure the clothes are clear of grass stains, dirt and other mess.
Check Your Hair and Nails
You may think that it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing week old chipped red polish on your nails but these little things will show up. Take the time to put on fresh polish and bring a hair brush with you to give the kids a quick brush over before the shots begin.
Be Prepared With Snacks
Kids have an uncanny sense of timing when it comes to being hungry. Bring along some simple snacks, such as crackers or fruit gummies to feed them in case they decide they are hungry halfway through the shoot. Avoid snacks that leave a mess and always bring some wet wipes just in case.
When you are spending a lot of money on your professional photos you want them to be perfect. However, this is often impossible, especially when you have children. Try not to focus on getting everyone to smile but rather have some fun. This is the best way to capture the true colours of your imperfectly perfect family.