1. Get excited! It’s a photoshoot!
Having professional portraits taken is fun and exciting! The best part is you get to keep your images forever! Make a Pinterest board of poses, outfits, locations, and ideas that suit your fancy. Think about how you want to feel looking back at your finished images. Shop around for the photographer that best fits your budget, photographic aesthetic, and personality. Talk to your spouse and/or kiddos and get them excited as well! Make an event of it and plan a fun treat like a stop at by the ice cream shop following your shoot. Incentivize the smiles!
2. Wardrobe selection
You are going to look back on these images for ages, so it’s best to stay away from very “trendy” looks. Keep your outfits neutral. Mom is usually who selects and prints images, so she is a great starting point when it comes to styling. Neutrals tend to work best with pops of accent colors through scarves, vests, jewelry, or shoes. Use a color scheme to style. This doesn’t mean that you all wear the same color, but rather you stick to a few well coordinated neutral tones and mix and match them across each family member. Don’t match, compliment. Keep in mind the setting of your shoot and consider the surrounding colors and textures. Freshen up before your shoot, that means go all out! We are talking hair, makeup, fresh haircuts for boys (but not too fresh. You want to be polished clean and bright! If you aren’t sure where to start with your wardrobe, it’s always a good idea to check in with the suggestions of your photographer. I personally favor lace, vertical stripes, high boots, and denim. All in all the most important part of selecting wardrobe for a photoshoot is that you feel comfortable and attractive in what you have selected.
3. Pick your session time wisely
Usually portrait shoots are booked for very early in the morning or in the late afternoon, right as the sun is setting. This is known as the “golden hour” and provides the best light for shooting. Depending on the ages and sleep patterns of your kiddos, you may be inclined to select one time of day over the other or opt for a midday shoot in a shaded wood or hope that the weather is a bit overcast (these can be some of the most magical!)
4. On the day of your shoot
Arrive on time with an extra comb or brush. Enjoy yourself!! Be natural and enjoy your family while the camera captures genuine moments of affection, silliness, and love.