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Fall Family Portrait Tips | Boston Family Photographer

Fall is a popular time for family portraits. In New England we get beautiful colors that provide a beautiful, vibrant backdrop.  There are a few things you and your family can do to keep the session fun, relaxed and stress free.

 

  1. Keep your day stress free.

Once Labor Day hits, peoples’ mindset change.  Gone are the long days and unstructured time and in September we get back to our schedules.  There is an urge to pack in a lot on the weekends, but the day or your session try to keep your schedule light.  If you have an afternoon session but you have been to 2 birthday parties beforehand your kids might be exhausted and overstimulated.  For younger kids, keeping their routines is essential.  Make sure they take their naps and are well-fed.

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2.  Feed everyone. 

I don’t know about you but if I don’t eat frequently I get hangry.  Give your kids an early meal and water before the session.  No one is going to enjoy themselves if they are hungry and are waiting to go get dinner as a reward.

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3. Dress for the weather.

It is August and the temperatures are still in the 80s but in a blink of an eye the sweaters and jeans will be out.  Look up the time of your session and check the temperature. Even if the high of the day is 50 degrees, early in the morning it could be in 30s or low 40s.  T-shirts and dresses without tights won’t cut it.  If you don’t want to wear coats, wear layers.  On cold days I wear thin thermals under my jeans. If you know your child is sensitive to colder temperatures, schedule your session in September before the temperatures start to fluctuate or better yet, opt for an in-home session.

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4.Relax and have fun.

Children are going to look to their parents – if you are smiling and having a good time, they will too.  When was the last time, everyone in your family was screen free and focused on each other for a full hour? Your kids will eat it up because your full attention is on them.  Leave your phone in the car or if the session is at your house put it in a drawer.  

For natural smiles, talk with your kids, play games, chase them, tiggle them, and toss them in the air.

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5. Give everyone a say.

My most frequently asked question is what should we wear.  Personally, I think we spend too much time on it, myself included.  The short answer is if you are looking for a more cohesive look dress the hardest person first, then pick out complimentary colors from the outfit.  In the fall, maroons, tans, mustard yellow, brown, greys, etc work best. Layers add interest and at all cost AVOID neon.

That said, if everyone has a say, they will be happier.  If you have your heart set on a certain dress for your daughter but she hates how it feels on her  you are already setting up the session in a negative light. Know your kids. If I buy my daughter a new “fancy” and sparkly dress she’ll be into anything.  

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In one of my favorite family photographs , the kids are wearing their favorite sock – bright neon. I did a common photographer trick and just converted the image to black and white.

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Just Learning to Walk | Needham Family Photography

When I look back at this Boston family session from last fall, I just see so much energy and love. The youngest daughter just started walking and if you have been around a child that has just accomplished this feat they do NOT want to picked up. They want to explore. They want to practice. They want to improve. They do not want to be held. So, you let them lead and work with them.

In the last post I talked a little about in-home family sessions as an alternative and here is another example of how just playing and interacting with your kids is a great way capture your family as it grows.

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Fall Home Session | Boston Family Photographer

Photograph sessions at your home in the Boston area can be a wonderful alternative to a session in a park.  I love that we can capture the child’s interests and the family’s personality with the backdrop of the home.  At these types of sessions, we just tend to play and with a child this age there is usually a lot for them to show me, and to keep them engaged.

Besides meeting many amazing families, I love that I get to see new places in the area.  This family lived across from the Boston skyline and had an incredible view.  Now that the weather is getting warmer,  I would love to be sitting on that gorgeous front porch.

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How to Prepare for your Family Session

How on earth do you prepare for you family photography session? What should we wear is the most common question I get from families, but I think there are some more important to things to consider.

 

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1. Make sure everyone is well rested.

If little kids are involved make sure they get their naps.  Scheduling a session at nap time or bedtime has never worked out well for the under 4 crowd.  And, while we are talking, keep to a regular routine.  Don’t spend the day sightseeing or wearing everyone out and then go to your family session.

2.  Feed and hydrate everyone.

Does anyone else besides me get hangry? Make sure the family has snacks before the session or feed them an early lunch or dinner.  Don’t wait until after the session to treat everyone to a special meal.

3. Try to stay relaxed.

This is easier said than done. I find that many kids mimic their parents.  If you can stay calm and happy, the kids are more likely to smile and have fun. Take a deep breath.  I would rather have a family be a few minutes late and arrive happy then stressed out parents and unhappy kids who were yelled at and rushed to a session.

4. Leave the cell phone in the car.

It is pretty rare that I have some who needs to be accessible 24/7.  Plus, if you put the cell phone in your pocket it will create an impression in your pants or shirts.  Kids revel in your attention so leave it behind.

5. Have fun.

All my sessions with kids are about interacting with each other and their parents. There is no rule that we have to sit still and stare at the camera.  Chase them. Tickle them.  Spend a quiet moment sitting with them and sharing a memory.  You will feel more like yourself and natural expressions will just come out.

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