Friday, October 12, 2012

Pic Tip #6

i may seem like i'm neglecting my blog lately, not posting as faithfully as i normally do, but that's mostly because i'm smack dab in the middle of my busy season for my photography business.

however, this got me to thinking about the next pic tip in the series: how to make the most of your photo shoot. here we go...

pic tip #6: how to make the most of your photo shoot

if you're like most people, you're probably planning to have family pictures taken soon (greeting cards are coming!). this means you're facing two options: go to a studio or hire an on-location photographer. now, i'm not going to try to sell you on why you should hire a photographer, but i am going to give you some tips that can help you if you do.

1. when choosing a photographer, take the time to look at their portfolio. referrals are great, but your taste might be different from your friend's, so get the photographer's website and take a good look at their work. take into account their style, whether it tends to be bright, crisp, traditional, edgy, etc. if you don't like what you see then you're certainly not going to like the work they do for you. find someone whose style is compatible with yours.

2. choose a location that reflects your family dynamic. on-location photography is great, because of its flexibility. you can choose a site that works best for you, not just whatever backdrop the studio has available. plus, you can't beat natural light! when choosing your location, consider how you're going to feel there. for example, if you're a country person, an graffitied wall is probably not the best background for you. if you have a large family, you're going to need more space. if you have young children, a grassy area might be best, where they can run around and get their energy out between pics. the right location will make the shoot more comfortable and help you achieve the look you want.

3. have fun with your outfits. there are two reasons why i always recommend bright colors in my clients' wardrobes: a. it's more visually interesting. b. it helps you to stand out against your background. matching white shirts & khaki pants has been done to death. why not show your personality by wearing your favorite flattering color? and let the kids help pick their outfits out, too. they're much more likely to be cooperative when they feel like they have a say. if you want to all coordinate, however, start with one outfit (maybe your daughter's favorite dress). this will give you a great starting point for choosing other outfits that compliment each other.
 
4. listen to your photographer. you chose this person for a reason, so trust them in the process. try not to take over the shoot. if you have an idea or some input, feel free to offer it up, but don't try to take on the role of "director". it's okay to step in to straighten your daughter's bow or wipe the dirt of your son's cheek, or even to suggest a pose that you'd like to see, but don't ask them to completely recreate a picture that saw somewhere. be courteous and trust in their creativity. most photographers are fine with collaborations on particular shots, so don't feel like you can't offer any ideas. just pay attention to your approach. you attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. 

5. if your little ones missed their naps, reschedule the shoot. it is important to give your photographer the best scenario possible, which means well-rested, well-fed children. children can be unpredictable, so do your best to prepare your kids for the shoot. talk to them about what is expected of them and make sure they have everything they need. if there's a toy that gets your toddler's attention, bring it. if there's a snack that gets your kid to sit still, pack it. there's only so much the photographer can do to get the kids to cooperate and be engaged, so try to help them out in whatever ways you can. no one knows your kids and how to get them to cooperate as well as you do.

i hope these tips help you with your upcoming family photo shoot. i'll also try to put together some tips for the photographer in an upcoming post. :)

3 comments:

SHILLIG4FAMILY said...

Oh this is perfect!
We are scheduling pics soon and we are wearing BRIGHT colors so YAY!

Fiona aka DRMama said...

This are great tips... and wow, what beautiful kiddos in these photos!! :)

Maria said...

Thank you so much for these tips! You know this photo crazy lady is already dreaming of family photos! ;)
I hope you're feeling much better!! Enjoy your weekend!
Xoxox
Maria

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