Summertime is a beautiful time to get together for family portraits. The weather is nice and lots of family reunions are scheduled. It is a great opportunity to invite a portrait photographer to spend some time with your family group to capture beautiful and memorable family photos. High quality and artistic printed images are a wonderful way to document forever the people who are most important to you. When I was growing up photos were always important to my family. At my Dad's house now is a huge wall covered with framed portraits of everyone throughout the years. Old black and white film photos of my grandparents on their wedding day, photos of my brother and I with every dog, horse and cat we ever had throughout the years, my nephews, our cousins, aunts, uncles, friends. Whenever we go to Dad's house everyone will gather around the wall and point and laugh. This is what I want to give people as a portrait photographer. I want to connect with the hearts of the people I meet and photograph. And when my heart sees their heart and I put my camera in the middle then a beautiful portrait we can create. Today I'll share a few tips on how to prepare for your family portraits. A little planning can go a long way in capturing those beautiful family portraits you will treasure for a lifetime.
Take photos when everyone is fresh as possible. For example, in the mid morning after a light breakfast, or at the beginning of the family event.
What to wear, I think that really depends on the family, but my favorite style is when everyone is comfortable and individual. A bit of contrast is nice so that people don't blend together too much, but in general, comfortable and clean and neat. The family in this post chose a nice red/white/blue color palette. Jeans, boots, and button down shirts for the guys, and dresses and Frye boots for the girls, I loved it! The sisters and mom did their hair and makeup together beforehand and made for a beautiful, connected, creative vibe that I caught on to right away when I met up with them for the photoshoot.
Relax and have fun together. This is the best part of course! I absolutely love photographing families because they love each other so much. Take this time as an opportunity to connect with those that you love and I will help you with movements and poses to bring out the best of everyone. I want to hear a few stories and tell some jokes and get to know you.