You can actually have a super-fun AND super-successful family photo session. It doesn’t have to be a chore that your family dreads, and you don’t have to end up with stiffly posed photographs that just don’t look like you. Here are some of the questions I hear most often, ANSWERED just for you, because I love you and want you to LOVE LOVE LOVE your pictures. Ready? Let’s go.
Everything I see on Pinterest is families sitting in a field. Will I have to be in a field?
My friends, how often do you and your family just sit in a field? I consider my family pretty outdoorsy, but I don’t think we’ve ever just sat perfectly posed in a field, smiling at one fixed spot. Since my goal is to help you see and remember the beauty in your unique life and family, I try to shoot sessions in the place your family feels most comfortable – which is generally your home. But some families prefer to spend time together in other spots where meaningful connections can happen, like a favorite hiking trail, swimming hole, or park. The main goal here is for your family to be relaxed and natural.
What should we wear?
Simple clothes in light, neutral, solid colors work best for photographs. Steer clear of bold, strong colors around your face, as they will cast a strong colorful glow on your skin. Try to avoid small patterns like pin stripes or tiny dots; they will cause strange optical illusions in-camera (weird fact). Start with a simple, comfortable outfit that you can move easily in, then add some fun, bold accessories to complete the look. Don’t try to match your family; try to coordinate with a simple color palette, but don’t stress too much. Remember, the focus is on your love and connections, not your rad style (that part’s just a supporting actor). For more information on what to wear, how to style your hair, and makeup techniques that photograph well, check out my Pinterest boards.
Can you retouch boo-boo’s, scars, and breakouts?
You bet. That’s standard. What’s not standard is completely restructuring your body in Photoshop. We want you to learn to love who you are and how you were made, and see the beauty in yourself that everyone else sees. People don’t love you for your perfect looks – they love you for all the little things that make you YOU. Don’t believe me? Hear from a professional.
My kid(s) are super unpredictable/shy/going through a tantrum phase. Will this ruin our session?
Absolutely not! It does not have to ruin anything. First of all, I LOVE unpredictable kids. That’s pretty much the nature of kids, and trust me – you want to capture your kids the way they are. Secondly, shy kids are my favorite. I don’t want to brag, but I have a gift with introverted and shy tiny people. As a kid (and as an adult!) I hated having my picture taken, and I am a card carrying introvert. I get camera-shy kids. So guess what? You don’t have to coax your kid to smile, or look at the camera. You just get to sit back and focus on interacting with your family.
And as far as tantrums are concerned, here is my million dollar, pure gold nugget of advice:
Just do it. Kids sense stress like bloodhounds and they respond with nervousness, worry, crankiness, and sometimes refusal to cooperate altogether. Just relax and have fun. Let your kids be kids.
Will you walk us through the posing?
My friend, if you’ve landed here and feel drawn to my style, let me let you in on a secret: I’m not a “posing” kind of photographer. The photos in my portfolio are made by creating relaxing, fun environments in which families can connect. So instead of thinking in terms of posing, think in terms of connection. Have fun, and express affection.
Seriously, I mean it. HAVE FUN.
Fun looks good on you. I want to capture the best of your family’s connections and personalities, and the best way to do that is to get your family having fun together like only your family knows how. Don’t be afraid to be silly, to relax, to goof off.
Love is beautiful & so are you. Visual affection reads beautifully in photographs – hugs, kisses, snuggles, etc all speak volumes. Whether you’re holding your children or snuggling your sweetheart, relax and make it real. If you’re not sure what to do with your hands, make sure you’re touching one of your loved ones. That’s it. That’s all. Don’t worry about the shot – let me worry about it. All you have to do is relax and have fun.
To book a consultation to hang out and talk through a potential session, click here. I’d love to have you come by the studio and get to know you!
Emily Lapish is a full-time photographer, wife, mom, and crazy person. She is tattooed, pierced, and also a responsible adult person with a full time job. Likes include long walks through Target while cradling a latte, and taking off on spontaneous adventures. She is fueled by passion for restoration, grace, and also by obscene amounts of coffee.