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Perfect Family Photo Myth or Fact?

August 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

How do you get that perfect family photo?  Can it be done?  How does your family photos look?  Do you have enough to fill an album?  If you ever looked on instagram or pinterest or even facebook there are some great looking families out there.  Are they models?  Was it a planned photo shoot? Is it all photoshopped?  Believe it or not, you can have a great looking family photo too!  Here's how:

  1. Get your photos taken regularly.  Some families get theirs done once a year.  Especially for their young children.  They change so quickly.  Their face, their height, their hair, it all changes quite dramatically in a year.  Grand parents change too.  Make sure to include them into the photo session. Most families get together during the holidays anyway so why not plan a photo shoot. And the more you see your family portraits, the more you'll know about what you want in your next session.
  2. Coordinate your colors without looking too "matchy".  If you don't like the photos of families of them all wearing the same color jeans and black shirt I don't blame you.  Our family decided to do that one year and it was not pretty.  Of course it was back in the 90's and everyone was doing it. I suggest picking your favorite color then you can build from there.  Pick 2 or three other complimentary colors to match your favorite.  Look around your home for inspiration.  What colors do you decorate with?  Oh...and stay away from crazy patterns.  This only distracts from your family.  Plaid is OK if that is who you are but stick with solid colors.  Here's a website to coordinate some colors,
  3. Be yourself!  Stay true to you and your family.  If you don't like to wear ties then don't wear them. Your discomfort will show in the photos.  I'm not saying wear your rock t-shirt from when you were in high school but find a happy medium that will make your family happy while still making you look good.  Besides, it'll give you a good reason to get a new outfit.  So get one you'll wear again.
  4. Plan ahead.  Once you know when and where you are going to have the photo shoot, start planning your outfit now!  Make sure the your clothes don't have stains or holes you had forgotten about.  Keep the location in mind.  If it's at the beach, the high heels are out.  Flip flops are out if you plan on walking through some high grass.  Beige at the beach doesn't work well either.  Plan for traffic and delays to your location to be sure everyone gets there at the same time.
  5. Hire a real photographer!  Anyone can buy an expensive camera but this does not make them a professional photographer!  Look at their work.  If you like their style then give them a call. Photography is an art.  If you hire a pro they will turn your family portrait into their work of art.



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Located in West Tamarac, my studio can accommodate small families for group and individual portraits.  If you prefer the park or beach, I have several locations I can recommend based on what kind of scenery you like.

Be sure to check the weather before booking an outdoor photo session.  Depending on the forecast we may have to reschedule your shoot due to weather.

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