How I run family sessions
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. They show the curiosity and playfulness of your children, for example, and the way you emotionally show up with your spouse. I guarantee you these pictures will be more interesting and memorable than any posed family shoot you have had in the past.
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. I let each person’s personality and beauty and spontaneity come through because I love seeing it and capturing it. If there’s a beautiful spot that I want you to stand in, I might direct you 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.
Sometimes someone in the family, or the whole family, is nervous about getting photographed. I have techniques that will calm you and get you feeling more relaxed, like closing your eyes for a moment and taking a deep breath before I snap a picture. 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.
A note on what to wear
Most important - be yourself! If you don't usually wear dressy clothing, don't. If you are a sporty family, dress sporty. You can find clothing that fits your style that is clean, nice, and comfortable. Simply put: dress your best...in your own style.
Stay away from graphics like logos and lettering on t-shirts. Also steer clear of florescent colors. Bright athletic shirts kids like wearing do not photograph well.
Dress in layers. Layers add interest but also allow for removing or adding clothing if it gets warm or cool. Think scarfs, hats, vests, cardigans, jackets. Ask me for help if you want. I am more than happy to offer suggestions as you look forward to our shoot.