If you have small children and are planning a professional photo session with a photographer for your next family photo, it's best not to leave the success of your session to chance. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your family photos turn out beautifully:
Schedule the session early in the day.
If you are a planning a family photo shoot, try to schedule it early in the day. Kids may become tired easily, so if you wait too close to their usual naptime, they will likely be cranky throughout the session. Although some tearful photos of kids can be endearing, tears are probably not a part of your vision for your family photo.
Early in the day, soon after breakfast, is often the best time for a family shoot. Your kids won't be hungry or sleepy, and the lighting for an outdoor shoot is likely to be bright and cheery. Also, the kids will not have had much time to mess up the clothes and hair that you have so carefully arranged.
Take along a snack just in case.
Just in case one of your youngsters did not eat much of his or her meal, take along a snack. The food can help keep blood sugar levels high enough to avoid meltdowns, and it can help your little ones stay focused.
As you pack your snack, look for foods that don't make a mess, such as fresh fruit that isn't overly juicy. Apples and bananas make great options. Small sandwiches that aren't loaded with fillings or sauces are also appropriate. Regardless of what you select, try to ensure that is not laden with sugar, which can cause restlessness and fidgeting.
Pack a change of clothes.
During some photo shoots, the family photographer may allow for a wardrobe change. This can be a great way to get several different looks during the same session. Try to ensure that the clothing you select for your family has a theme or is at least complementary in color.
Some photographers may advise you of the types of props and backgrounds that he or she has available. Try to use these as guides for your wardrobe choices. Additionally, try to ensure that all of your family members are comfortable in their clothes. It's difficult for children to smile if a shirt collar is scratchy and their pants are pinching their skin.
To learn more things you can do to ensure a successful family portrait, schedule a consultation with a photographer in your area.