Going for your first family photo shoot is an exciting occasion, but a lot of people get in a flap when trying to decide what to bring, how to pose and so on. Whether you’re a family of 6 or a couple with a tiny tot, family photo shoots are a chance to capture your relationship (and looks!) at that moment in time, so it’s important to enjoy it. But to help you get ready, let’s look at some of the key things to remember when preparing for a family shoot.
Where to Shoot
Most photographers will offer the option of having your family shoot at home or in the studio, and each has their advantages and disadvantages. The studio of course is designed with a set up that makes the best use of lighting and is a blank canvas for your shoot. For people with small homes, it’s therefore an obvious choice. However some like to choose it anyway; especially for families with small children, there are much less distractions.
Having a photo shoot at home can also be a very personal experience though, especially if you have a special area of the house or garden that you want to capture along with the family. Just be sure to follow the advice from the photographer on the logistics of the day, and any prep that you’ll need to do to turn your home into a studio such as props and cleaning.
What to Wear
When you prepare for a family photo shoot, it’s important that you plan your outfits as a team to avoid any colour or pattern clashes. Try to co-ordinate a little, and avoid any clothes that are overly ‘fashionable’ as they might look out-dated in a few years. Choose a colour scheme (black and white doesn’t count!) and try to all work within this, and if in doubt go for classic styles rather than modern trends. Accessories such as hats, jewellery and scarfs can be used as props in the shoot, so feel free to wear these too.
Especially if you’re going for a family studio shoot, props are important. For families with little ones, teddies and rattles can help to engage their attention and provide a focal point for some of the images. Other props such as umbrellas, chairs and musical instruments can all be great additions to a shoot. If you’re having the session at home, try to keep the setting as minimalistic as possible to avoid the images looking cluttered.
Although it may seem like a military operation trying to organise the family for a photo shoot, it really doesn’t need to be stressful. Once you’ve booked a shoot and decided on the location, just spend a few hours over dinner discussing outfit choices and props, and you’ll be in for a treat when you experience how much fun a family photo shoot can be on the day! Then after the day, the fabulous photos will adorn your walls and you will have memories you will never forget and can treasure forever.
Article by Rebecca Fearn, photographer and creative from Rebecca Fearn Photography.