Today I’m sharing with you 3 tips to help when it comes to taking family photos. I wish I had some family photo advice prior to our session because maybe I would have stressed less and enjoyed the process a tiny bit more. Well, then again, maybe not because I’m a serial worrier and perfection is my strong suit. Either way the end result made me realize I had a few tips to share that hopefully will help others in the process.
For over a month I stressed over coordinating outfits, buying and rebuying outfits for the girls, unsure of how we would do with a stranger taking our photos, how would the girls react and quite simply how these photos would look. We found our photographer as a reference from our wedding photographer. We trusted Christy and Josh with our big day and really wanted them to do our family sessions. Sadly (and great for them) they are extremely busy with weddings but she offered up Jessica Kinder as a referral. I checked our her website and portfolio and was immediately in love with her style.
Jessica was an absolute saint of a photographer. She dealt with my girls during their meltdowns, lack of attention and the abnormally warm September weather. I was extremely nervous and anxious and after our sessions was done immediately regretted our decision. Not because of Jess but because of how the day went down. I pictured our girls being perfection every photo like a pinterest inspo photo. But they are beyond perfect and I should have known that wouldn’t be the outcome.
What I didn’t expect is how great they would turn out. They are beyond perfect! More than I could have dreamed of. Jess was able to capture my family in a way that makes them more beautiful than ever before. She captured us in candid moments, and even some where the girls aren’t so pageant perfect. She captured real, true moments and that’s all I ever wanted, without even knowing it.
I could give you all these tips and tricks on how to prepare for your family photos, how to get your kids to pose and smile and make it the most glorious moments of your lives. What I can share are just 3 simple pieces of advice, 2 of which I wish I had kept in mind. Family photo advice is something I wish I had in my arsenal prior. This isn’t going to give you fool proof photos, but what it will do is help keep you from feeling less anxious.
Make sure you have snacks, toys, books or whatever it is that your children like to play with. In one of the photos you can see a Buzz Lightyear Pez dispenser in my hand. He was our distraction to try and get the girls to smile and focus. I wish I had brought a stash of toys because we definitely needed them.
Plan your outfits.
The Type-A in me wouldn’t have it any other way. They don’t have to be the same color, same pattern or style. Mix and match and coordinate the looks so it flows and more importantly make sure everyone is comfortable. My favorite place to look for the girls is OshKosh, Old Navy, Gap Kids and Target.
Don’t have any expectations.
If you have them, throw it out the window on the way to the shoot. Your kids will be themselves at the end of the day and isn’t that what you truly want to come across in the photos?
If you are in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area please check out Jessica’s work. She’s worth every single penny plus more. I already want to book another session with her because of how beautiful these photos turned out. Would it be wrong to line every inch of our house with these photos? I can’t rave enough about her and our experience. I’m so thankful I made the effort to schedule this session because the outcome is beyond what I expected.