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(Aren’t the Q and R Families just gorgeous?! They were a delight to photograph and have in the studio.)
Preparing for a family portrait is not for the faint of heart. If you’ve done it even once, you know this. It’s not as easy as it looks, is it? Especially if you, mom, or dad, are the ones with the nice camera on a tripod with a timer, trying to get everyone to look AT THE SAME TIME!? HOW HARD CAN IT BE, RIGHT?
I feel your pain. I’ve done it myself. Good times.
I work with an all-star team and our goal is to make this annual family tradition (or bi-annual, quarterly, or once-every-quarter-century tradition) as smooth of a process as possible. So here are some tips to prepare for your photoshoot at the studio.
1) Don’t freak out. Step number-one-point-A: chill out, mama. Forehead wrinkles only look good on Russian teenage male models. We’ve got this. I block out an entire day for every family photoshoot. My hours are YOURS. That 4-year-old won’t look at the camera? We don’t force; we wait. We talk. We play. We draw pictures of dogs and cats on reflectors. We interact. My team is made up of moms just like you and we. get. it. So trust the process. Enjoy it.
2) Read this post. Don’t overthink it, but do start to consider your hair, your nails, your skin. That goes for dad, too, and also the kids, where applicable (looking at you, teenagers).
3) Outfits are actually pretty simple to coordinate. A few rules of thumb:
4) Bring the necessities. I’m talking about blankies, teddies, books, trucks – those things kiddo can’t live with out. It’s okay if Barney is in a few photos. We believe in negotiation during hostage situations.
5) Eat before you come. And feed your family. And bring snacks. Your hangry face ain’t your best look. Bonus tip: There’s a kid’s toy store and ice cream shop across the square from the studio. This is a great bribe to pull out during a meltdown.
6) Plan for naps. Does the baby nap mid-morning? No problem. Bring a blanket and her bottle; we’ll take photos of her before or after her snack.
Do you have any questions? Did I miss anything? Let me know! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!