Mother’s Day comes during a truly beautiful season, and one of the best ways to celebrate a beloved mother in your life (or yourself!) is with some new family photos! You know what that means— PHOTOSHOOT! Depending on the size of your family and the ages of the subjects, setting up a successful photoshoot can be challenging. Before working on anything else, choose a photographer who as experience with family photoshoots. You want someone friendly and patient, who will be flexible and creative when things don’t go exactly as planned. Once you’ve made your hire, it’s time to think about the fun stuff.

First thing’s first, and that’s clothes. The days of matching family outfits are gone (thankfully!), and coordinating styles, colors and patterns is usually the way to go. Choose a few colors that compliment each other (like navy, tan, white and maroon) and let people come up with their own outfits and styles. You want the photos to showcase each family member’s unique personality without being overbearing. Let people add their own favorite jewelry and accessories like hats, scarves or suspenders to keep the group dynamic.

Next comes the setting of your shoot. Choose a spot or spots that are easily accessible, have good lighting (discuss this with your photographer in advance) and are uniquely suited to the family, whether it’s a favorite picnic spot or a frequented bus stop. Be creative and untraditional to get some truly memorable shots.

Now it’s time for some Pinterest browsing (our favorite!)! Think about the subjects in your photos and look for poses that are natural and fun. The trick is to keep the atmosphere light and encourage silly interaction and even games. Candid shots are timeless and are sure to be cherished for generations, so try to leave your stress and expectations at home and just relax and have a good time with the family while the photographer takes care of the rest.

Once you’ve decided on a setting and some general pose ideas, you may want to consider bringing along some props. Favorite toys, a picnic, a rocking chair, even family heirlooms like a grandmother’s pearls can set lovely, personal themes for photos.

Final tip: Bring snacks! Photoshoots with kids are hard, and even harder when the subjects are hungry. Why not pack a picnic with some favorite snacks?

Good luck!

Until next time,

P&C

XOXO

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