My family photo sessions are casual and candid. I do not pose you or tell you what to do. Because of that, my pictures are authentic, and show you as you are.
In the first few minutes of the session, I introduce myself to everyone, talk with you, interact with the kids, and I might take a few pics. This intro period gets everyone comfortable with me and with the environment.
From then on, it’s free-form and candid all the way. I’m there to document you. Some people may worry they will be “boring” without the photographer telling them what to do. No one I have ever photographed has ever been boring. People are inherently fascinating.
If there’s a beautiful spot that I want you to stand in, I might suggest you head over to that area. If there’s gorgeous light that would make for a stunning shot, I may move us all over in that direction.
But other than that, I simply find ways to document you all hanging out, playing a game, getting ice cream, going hiking, whatever it is. I make my way around you and capture you from all angles and perspectives. I will talk and laugh with you but mostly I’m quiet and finding ways to capture you all.
And don't worry - I have techniques that will calm you and get you feeling more relaxed! So I will certainly help in those ways. The most important thing is that you all have fun together, and feel relaxed and true to your own moods.
what to wear
Very basic advice - dress like you. If you don't usually wear dressy clothing, don't. Choose an outfit that's comfy and fits your style.
I'd just say avoid graphics like logos and lettering on t-shirts. Those don't photograph well.
And if you can, add some layers (jacket, scarf, etc.) Layers add interest but also allow for removing or adding clothing if it gets warm or cool.
Definitely ask me for help if you want. I am more than happy to offer suggestions as you look forward to your shoot.