The thought of getting our family ready for photographs can be a daunting feeling. So much so, we can find ourselves putting it off year after year!

Don't put it off another year. Treat yourself to some beautiful family photos in 2017. And to help you prepare, I've written this blog post for you to read which provides my 5 tips for a fun and successful family photo session. 

If you're interested in pricing and 2017 session availability please submit your details below. As every family is different the more information you can provide the better, so we can get a feel for what you would like to achieve.

I hope you enjoy the read...

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Tip 1: Choosing the right location

The location for your family session is very important because it will be the backdrop for your beautiful photos. A location that you visit and enjoy as a family is a good idea but bear in mind that if you enjoy a particular place, it is likely to be enjoyed by others and so it may be crowed at certain times. 

North Bridge at Concord offers a great space for family photos 

North Bridge at Concord offers a great space for family photos 

However, some families feel a little uneasy about the thought of having formal photos in a public space so if you have a large enough space at home, choosing to have photos done in your own home can be a good idea. Not only will it offer you privacy, you may feel more relaxed. This is not to say that a beautiful public place should be overlooked. The time of day or the day of the week will make a difference here.

We chose to have last years holiday photo in our front yard at home

We chose to have last years holiday photo in our front yard at home

Tip 2: Choosing the date and right time of day

You may have heard the term “the golden hour”, which is a term often used by photographers. It describes the time up to one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. On a sunny day, the light is much warmer and softer at these times and creates great conditions for photos. My tip is to meet for a photo session 30 – 60 minutes before golden hour so there is plenty of time and no rushing about. As this time is different every day of the year, please refer to this online sunset calculator to help plan your session: Sunset Calculator

This lovely family choose to have their session during golden hour at the Historic Wayside Inn

This lovely family choose to have their session during golden hour at the Historic Wayside Inn

This may seem obvious but if you have young children, having a family photo session on a warm summers evening may sound appealing but it will mean that your children will need to be up late! But also bear in mind the temperature change as the light fades in the cooler months.

Whilst golden hour can be a lovely time for photos, it may seem contradictory for me to say that a cloud covered sky in the middle of the day is also a great time to have photos because the clouds also create beautiful soft light.

These little guys are happiest in the morning so we went for an early morning photo session 

These little guys are happiest in the morning so we went for an early morning photo session 

  

Tip 3: Plan your outfits

This is quite a big topic so to help you further, I've created a FREE style guide, which provides some great tips for her, for him and how to co-ordinate the whole crew. If you would like a copy of my free family photo style guide, sign up for your free copy:

  

Tip 4:  Relax and have fun

If you all relax and have fun, it will show in your photos. But I realize that’s easy to say, especially if the little ones aren’t in the mood for photos! I’m a daddy too so I appreciate how children can often dictate the mood.

My advice is to allow enough time for your session. This is why I don’t like to stick to ridged time limits. The more time you have, the more chance your family will have to relax and enjoy the photo session. It will also give you a lot more photos to choose from for your final set of images. 

Family and their pet dog enjoying their time together  

Family and their pet dog enjoying their time together  

I recommend that you pack a bag with snacks, water and any small objects (like toys or lollipops) that might help us get their attention when it’s time for them to look at the camera. If they are old enough to understand you, it’s a good idea to prepare them for what’s to come before the session starts. Explain how much the photos mean to you so they know to be on their best behavior.

A lot of families pick something fun in advance as a treat after the session if they’re good listeners, like an ice cream cone, for example. It also helps if they’re bellies are full and they’ve has some good rest beforehand. Once you prepare them physically and mentally, then feel free to give them (and you!) grace! 

Tip 5: Plan where your favorite photo will hang

This is one of the most important things I find that families sometimes overlook and its one of the first questions I ask… “What do you plan to do with your photos”?

In a world where we have become accustomed to viewing, swiping, tapping and sharing from our phones, it’s easy to forget about print and how it provides long, lasting value in our lives. Whilst having pictures on our phones is easy and convenient, there is nothing like having a beautiful family picture hung on a wall in your home. It will provide you and your family with a reminder of how special your family is every time you walk past it.

Print will provide you with a little piece of history, a family heirloom if you will. You might also like to have a beautifully made family album or create some holiday cards. 

Family Photo Session Checklist: 

1. Set date, time and location for your photo session

2. Request my Family Photo Style Guide

3. Choose your outfits

4.  Pack a bag on the day with:

- Flats or flip-flops for walking between photo spots

- Second outfit (if you’re doing two)

- Touch-up makeup

- Water bottle (for warmer sessions)

- Coat or cover-up (for colder sessions)

- Snacks for the little ones

- If you have a toddler or younger, small eye-catching toys (or lollipops) to hold their attention

I can’t wait to work with you!

Stuart Beeby

Thank you for reading. If you are interested in pricing and 2017 session availability please submit your details below. The more information you can share the better, so we can get a feel for what you would like to achieve. 

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