We’ve all been there. It’s been a big year with many changes. Maybe we added a fluffy new fur baby to the family. Maybe our oldest is going to high school (or graduating high school -God help us!!!). Perhaps you are expecting a baby or maybe the little sweetheart just arrived. Did you buy a new house? Did you move to a new town? Are the grandparents visiting from across the country? As parents, we are very sensitive to how quickly time is passing for our family and we want desperately to document the love, connections, affection, changes, and growth. Many families hire a professional photographer once a year to keep track of all that has changed. And while this is a wonderful tradition, it can also be stressful.
The pressure we put on ourselves as parents is astounding. And in the day and age of social media, we are even more inclined to stress out in order to pull of the PERFECT photoshoot, one that we can post images from on instagram and facebook and that rivals your neighbor’s Pinterest-worthy post from last week (not that we’re comparing!).
So we spend hours researching to find the perfect local photographer, plan and shop for coordinating (but not matchy-matchy) outfits, choose a time that will ensure good (please God!) moods, and convince our spouse that the investment is necessary. But you’re still feeling uneasy and, as the date of your session approaches, your anxiety increases. So, what steps can you take to ensure a relaxed photoshoot?
I’ve photographed hundreds of families and, over the years, have come up with a list of steps that I ask my clients to follow to ensure a relaxed photoshoot. Because let’s face it, If your family is relaxed, the pictures will be even more beautiful. At C’est la Vie Photography, each client receives this information as part of a welcome packet. We are all about making your life easier, taking the stress out of having your family photographed, and helping you actually enjoy the experience. Here is an abbreviated list.
Steps to Ensure a Relaxed Family Photoshoot
Hopefully this list of steps to ensure a relaxed photoshoot has shed some light on what you can do to prepare for your session and get the most out of it. While I completely understand the pressure you feel as your session approaches (I’m a mom of FOUR after all) and the temptation to totally panic, I promise that you will be so much happier if you remember why you’re doing the session in the first place. Your family is amazing and completely one-of-a-kind. You deserve to have images that document your true love and connection. Life can be so hectic that even getting all of you in one place at the same time is something to be proud of. Cherish the hour you have together and reap the benefits of taking a few simple steps to ensuring a relaxed family session.