3 TIPS FOR NO STRESS FAMILY PHOTOS
TIP #1 : Pick outfits and lay them out ahead of time.
Outfits are the biggest stressor for photo sessions. Do you have a hard time knowing what to wear? Much less, as a mom, choosing outfits for multiple others! Choose 3 colors and coordinate. DO NOT MATCH! Remember the days of the white shirts and jeans? Those days are over, praise the Lord!
If you start by picking a few colors then you can easily go into each closet and find a neutral piece of clothing + a piece of clothing in that color scheme.
If you have an outfit you want to wear, pick your pieces first then coordinate everyone with you. Mommas, accessories are our friend! A statement necklace, some bold earrings, or a stylish jacket - these all add a little oomph to a neutral outfit and can tie other colors in.
Find outfits and lay them out at least one day before. This way when it is time, all you have to do is put the clothes on your people.
TIP #2 : Plan an activity with your photographer.
Do your kids love the lake? Do you like to go on hikes as a family? Do y’all grab ice cream often? Think about something that your family + kiddos love and tell your photographer. They will most likely be thrilled to have a “fun” aspect to your session. This helps your photos stand out, represent your true family, and (BONUS) your kids will have a blast.
Gone are the days of bribing them to sit still. Family photos that are FUN are in!
TIP #3 : Let it go!
Be like Elsa + just let it go! Plan to leave your house 10 minutes earlier than you should, that way you won’t be late, and stress has no room here. Get yourself ready first, then move on to everyone else so that you feel good! If a kiddo won’t cooperate with a hairstyle or accessory, let it go! The photos will not be affected by a terrible hairstyle - it will just be something to laugh about later and it will show real life. The only thing affected is if you are dragging someone who is kicking and screaming about something they don’t like.
Bring them ready to have a blast.
But hey, if someone is just having a bad day - IT’S OKAY! Momma, let it go! Everything can’t be perfect and trust that your photographer knows that. Be patient and they will be patient with y’all too. Have fun and remember that you wanted photos to have as memories to look back on, to capture that certain phase of life. So do just that!