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Many of my family photography sessions take place outside but I really love a family session at home. Sessions at home are more personal and can be catered to the interest of the family. When mom and I chatted we discussed the interests of the children and any gestures of characteristics that the children have at this stage. We met in January so meeting indoors worked well for the cold day. At the end of the session we all bundled up and ran around outside kicking soccer balls, shooting basketballs and playing on the swings.
The boys are really into soccer and football and dance parties. Like any younger sister, her daughter is in to whatever her older siblings are doing. Facial expressions that range from stink eye to broad smiles and giggling fits are common with the youngest. The kids pile on each other and love snuggling and hugging. Music and dancing are a big part of life at home. With this information, we tried to capture most of what life was like at home. As an added bonus the grandparents were visiting from Europe so we were able to include them in many photographs too.
The key to this type of session is just to have fun and show off their personalities.
August is one of my favorite times for photography sessions. In a field near my house the wildflowers are in full bloom. Timed just right you have a beautiful backdrop not too far from Boston. When the session is scheduled near the sunset you get a beautiful backlight and orange glow that can’t be replicated at other points during the day.
I’ve photographed this family many times and big sister said photo day was her favorite day. While we always get photos of families smiling, the rest of the time can be spent interacting together and playing games. I rarely ask a child to smile and rely on other techniques to get some genuine smiles. There are a number of tips you can utilize when prepping your family for their session, which I‘ve written about earlier. But my number one suggestion is just to have fun. Play with your kids. Move. Run. Toss them. It is not in kids’ nature to stay still which is why I’m giving them tasks throughout the session.
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Beth Ann is a portrait photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston MA NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY, Boston MA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY,Boston MA BABY PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS AND SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS IN THE BOSTON, MA AREA.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beth Ann is a photographer based in Belmont MA just outside of Boston. She is currently booking Boston MA Newborn photography, Boston MA family photography and Boston MA baby photography sessions in the Boston, MA area. Be sure to contact her to photograph your newborn, baby, family or wedding.