5 Tips From a Photographer for Great Family Photos
Alright, let’s talk. I have been a professional photographer in Jacksonville FL for the last five years. In those five years I have seen a lot of families (let’s be honest, mostly the Moms) stress over their photo sessions. They stress over the "perfect" shot. With my flower field sessions coming soon, I wanted to help alleviate the stress. So here are just a few tips from me to hopefully make your photo session a little bit easier.
Location, location, location. They say location is everything in real estate, but I think that applies to photography too. The location should represent you and your family and the moments you enjoy together. Do you pack up and head to the sunny beaches of Jacksonville on the weekend? Perfect, we are off to the beach before sunset for the perfect, authentic, family photo session. The location can help tremendously with little kids. If they are not used to sand on their feet, a beach session may be overwhelming. A location that is familiar and recognizable helps with everyone’s stress level.
Do you play in the park? Swinging on the swing set your thing? How about shopping the streets of Riverside, Avondale, or any local markets? Any of these make great locations, and backdrops that help to represent your family and the moments you share together. Jacksonville as a city is huge and offers so many different locations to use, from the coast to the urban feel of downtown, there are many locations to think about when choosing a spot for your photo session.
This is one of the things I get asked most about after booking clients and deciding on a location. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed about outfits, especially if you are dressing a bunch of kiddos.
The first thing I say is that you don’t want to blend in. Decide on the park for your family session? Avoid greens and browns, we want to see you, not play Where’s Waldo. Headed to the beach? Avoid light blues and soft greens. Pick 2 or 3 main colors for the family and then add a pop of one color throughout. Coordinating but not matching is a good thing to think of. Not everyone in the same red, and jeans, or everyone in plaid shirts. Planning for a photo session in Jacksonville is also based on the weather. Dress to be comfortable and not too hot.
I also have one word of advice when it comes to wardrobe. Pinterest. Pinterest is a great tool for outfit choices; you can search color palettes, actual outfits, and multiple styling ideas. Also scheduling your session with enough time to organize outfits will save your sanity in the long run. I know how great Amazon Prime is, but you do not want to be sweating over last minute outfit arrivals. You want to feel good and confident in your outfit choice, and being prepared will help with all of that.