Senior portrait session is in full swing! Early summer means families with seniors are gearing up for graduation and soaking in the last summer before their baby leaves the nest. If this is you, check out my Senior Cap & Gown Sessions here!
If your child is heading into their senior year, it’s time to schedule their senior portrait session! This is such a special session where we get to capture your amazing senior and celebrate all she’s accomplished before heading off into the world.
As a seasoned senior portrait photographer, I have a few tips I want to share with you so that you can help your senior feel comfortable and confident during the session. The more confident she feels, the more we’ll love how their portraits turned out.
How to Have a Great Senior Portrait Session
These are my top five tips for helping your seniors rock their senior session and have some fun while doing it! These portraits will hang on your walls for a long time, so let’s make sure we capture ones that the whole family will love.
A great way to feel confident and ready for the session is by choosing outfits that your senior will love but also shows off her personality! Select three or so outfits for the session that include one formal outfit, one that’s casual, and one that is your favorite to wear. This will give us some great options for different style portraits.
This is our opportunity to showcase your amazing senior! What are her hobbies and passions? Does she play sports? Play an instrument? Volunteer? Whatever she enjoys doing, we can incorporate it into the session in a meaningful way.
This might be your senior’s first photo session, and she may feel shy being the star of the show. This is totally normal! If bringing along a sibling or friend will help your senior feel more comfortable, that’s fine with me. They can be your senior’s assistant!
Find a Location
Is there an outdoor location that has special meaning to your senior? Maybe your family spent lots of time at a local park or the beach. Choose a location where your senior will feel comfortable throughout the session. If you’re not sure, share your vision for the portraits with your photographer.
Choose the Right Photographer
Speaking of the photographer, it’s so important that you choose one that your senior will feel comfortable with and one that knows how to bring your portrait vision to life. Your senior photographer will know all the best locations and offer advice for styling the session.
Finding Your Seacoast Senior Photographer
I really mean it when I say senior portraits are such an honor for me to capture for my families. This is your senior’s time to shine and celebrate before heading off to their next adventure. I know these portraits will be treasured and on display in your home, so I make sure to work with you to bring your vision to life. If you’re interested in booking your senior’s session with me, please send a note here.
Summer is almost officially here! Summer family portraits are popular for a few reasons; the kids are off from school, the weather is gorgeous, and there’s nothing like a summer beach sunset! Once you have the session scheduled, it’s time to work on what everyone will wear. I want to offer a few of my best summer styling tips to help you plan your family’s outfits with ease.
If you’re looking for what to wear for your spring family portrait session, read my blog with tips here! Here are my five tips for styling your summer family portrait.
5 Tips for Styling Your Summer Family Portrait
These are my best five tips to help you find the perfect outfits for your shoot.
1. Neutrals are Your Friend – Lean on neutral summer tones like light pinks, blues, greens, and tan outfit colors. The location of your shoot could provide some inspiration. The classic black and white polo for men and khakis will look nice with almost any outfit!
2. Choose Complementary Colors – Avoid trying to color match outfits, and focus on choosing complementary colors that will blend nicely together! Imagine a bouquet of summer flowers and how the light pinks, blues, and greens look so gorgeous together. You don’t normally see a bouquet of flowers that are the same color.
3. Limit Patterns – I actually do think some patterns will look really nice in a portrait, but there are limits! For example, in this family portrait, the lovely daughter is wearing a floral print dress, and as you can see, it pops without being too much. If both mother and daughter were wearing floral dresses, it might be too much!
4. Look To Your Home Decor for Inspiration – This might sound weird, but hear me out. Remember, we always take family portraits with the end goal in mind of where these will hang in your home. Look around the space you plan on hanging these portraits. If it’s the living room wall, look around your living room for style inspiration. You carefully designed your living room and it reflects your style, plus, this will give you color ideas for your portrait!
5. Prep Outfits – Always, always, make sure everyone’s outfits are planned and ready to go before the session. Make sure everything fits, is clean and ready for photos. This will save you time and stress, so you can head into your session feeling prepared.
Finding the Right Seacoast Family Photographer
The right family photographer will help you choose the right outfits for your portrait! I love helping clients choose their outfits and can offer suggestions to help. Dressing your family for your annual portrait shouldn’t be stressful! I have some session availability this summer, so please reach out soon if you’re interested in booking to secure your spot.
Your family portrait session is a big day! This portrait will hang on the walls and appear in photo albums for years to come. There is a lot of pressure on families (okay, moms!) to make sure this photo is perfect. You need to schedule the session, coordinate outfits, and make sure everyone is in a good mood the day of the portraits. It can be a lot!
I recently shared a blog post with tips on how to Make Your Family Photography Session FUN for the Kids. Today, I want to share a couple of tips to make the session less stressful for you and the whole fam. Your family portrait session should be a blast, and there are a few tips to help make sure that it is!
How to Make Your Family Portrait Session Easy
Here are my 4 top tips for making your family photo session less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.
Make it Your Only Priority That Day – If your schedule allows you to, try to make the portrait session the only scheduled activity that day for your family. This will enable you to have plenty of time to get ready and make sure that your family is relaxed before the shoot. If you have other commitments that day, just try to give yourself ample time before the session.
Eat Before… And After – Try to make sure your family is fed before the shoot. We don’t want anyone hungry and asking for snacks. Even though you might have a kiddo that will definitely ask for snacks anyway. Packing snacks for after the session is a good idea if someone is hungry, but do not plan on giving out any snacks during the session.
Prepare All Outfits in Advance – Have everyone’s outfits ready to go the weekend before the family portrait session. And, I mean, ready to GO! Make sure everything fits, is washed and ironed. Nothing is more stressful than having to track down a shirt or realizing someone’s outfit needs ironing the day of the shoot. If your session is in spring, check out my blog post with what to wear.
Celebrate After – Another way to make the session a fun experience is if you can plan a fun activity after. This could be a fun dinner out afterward or plan on a family game night back at home. Whatever your family likes to do! This is a nice reason to celebrate and could be considered a nice reward for any family members who are nervous about the session.
Choose the Right Family Photographer
I truly hope no one in your family is nervous before the family portrait session. My best advice is to find a photographer that clicks with your family. One that can make sure everyone feels relaxed and ready to have some fun. I think your family portraits should be a fun experience for everyone and be one to remember! If you think I might be a good fit for your family, let’s chat!
As a NH Maternity Photographer, I rejoice in the celebrations with my clients as well as the heartache. When Kayla let me know that she had lost a pregnancy early on in 2020, I was heartbroken for her! I knew how bad she wanted a sibling for Ember and I after documenting Ember’s arrival, I could not wait for baby number 2.
2020 seemed to take so much from so many people and this was one of those calls I HATED getting. A miracle was brewing though and in the fall, I got the call that I had been waiting for!!!! A RAINBOW BABY was on the way!!!
Kayla’s at home maternity session did not disappoint and I am SOOO in love with these photos. The last photos with your “baby” before the new baby arrives are full of precious moments. We snuggled, Ember showed me her “baby belly” and we had a blast jumping on the bed. At home sessions are so organic and no two are the same. Big sister was all about soaking up snuggles with mom and dad. When she was “all done” with the camera, Kayla and I had some fun of our own.
Kayla put so much trust in me and we JUMPED out of the box and did some fun empowering shots of her alone on the bed. These maternity boudoir shots are some of my absolute favorite and I squealed when I saw the back of the camera. I get it, as a mom of 3, I hated all the extra weight I gained during pregnancy but I still think pregnant mamas are the most beautiful! Thank you to Kayla for trusting me and getting some seriously sexy shots of her bump. THOSE EYES…damn girl!
If you are interested in learning more about Maternity or Newborn Photography, let’s chat. I would love to make your vision come to life!
You are excited about your family portraits and looking forward to seeing your family artwork displayed throughout your home. The best tip for ensuring you have a successful family photography session? Make sure it’s FUN!
As an experienced family photographer, I’ve truly seen it all! You can trust a professional, like me, to get the best shot of your family no matter what. However, following these tips will help make sure your whole family has fun during the session AND helps us get great smiles.
7 Tips for a Great Family Photo Session
Choose a Fun Location
Choosing a fun location is key! If your family loves the beach, let’s go to the beach! Have a favorite park? We can go there. If you’re dreaming of a studio family portrait, we can definitely make my studio fun!
I can do wonders with photoshop, but if there’s a spill or crease on someone’s outfit it’s really tough to make that look nice in the portrait! My best tip is to dress right before as best as you can. If we’re at my studio, you can dress or put on the final touches there. If we’re meeting at a park, we’ll do the best we can! Planning a spring session? Check out the latest BLOG post on What to Wear for Spring Family Photography Sessions.
Leave Phones in the Car
Or at least silenced and put away! We don’t want your phone or tablet to become a distraction in any way during the session. Put them away and let’s have some fun!
Speaking of fun, let’s have some fun with music! If there’s a song or playlist that your family loves, let’s play it for some happy vibes. Spontaneous dancing is welcome during the session and makes for fun photos.
Bonus, if you can bring a ball or frisbee. Playful shots of the family playing are sometimes the best ones. We’ll make sure to take family portraits, but so many of my clients end up loving the candid shots the most!
Let Your Kids PLAY
Yes, let them play! The old way of standing completely still for portraits is long gone. Those types of portraits are totally fine but don’t show off everyone’s personality and joy. Letting your kiddos romp around allows me to capture them as their true, playful selves!
Bring Snacks for AFTER
Trust me, I know how hungry these sessions can make kiddos. Please do bring snacks, BUT I recommend that you wait until after the session is over. A bonus tip would be to bring a fun snack or picnic to celebrate the photos.
Schedule Your Family Portrait Session
I would love to be your family photographer! I’m honored that so many of my clients’ come back to me again and again so I can watch them grow! Interested in scheduling your family portrait session? Click here to chat!
Mommy & Me Mini Sessions will be announced later this month so be sure to get on our VIP list to get first dibs!
The sun is shining, snow is melting, and it’s time to think about your spring family photo session! What a perfect time of year to photograph your beautiful family among the luscious growing greens and blossoms. I realize we might have one more taste of winter, but I don’t care! I’m ready for the warmer weather and seeing all my amazing clients after the long winter.
If you’re like my clients, you are looking forward to taking your family photos just in time for Mother’s Day. It’s so fun to plan the location and choose the outfits for your entire family! When my clients book their sessions with me, I offer wardrobe support to make sure we totally nail the look they want in their family portraits.
Here are my top tips for what to wear during your family’s spring photoshoot!
4 Tips for Styling Your Family Photoshoot
Keep it Classic
The style of your session is really up to you, but I recommend leaning towards classic looks vs sporting the latest fashion trends. You’re going to have these portraits forever, so choose styles that will last. Think polos for dads, simple blouses, and jeans for mom.
Neutrals will never steer you wrong! However, blend in some cheery spring colors to make the session pop against the greens and pinks of spring. Think pops of pink, light greens, or blues to stand out against tans or light grays. Could the hubby wear khakis with a light green polo, for example?
Fit in Fun Layers
Absolutely no judgment, but have you seen a family photo where everyone wore the same thing? Maybe everyone wore jeans and a white shirt? It doesn’t look as natural. So, when planning your family outfits, you can coordinate but let each person add their own natural flair. Maybe your daughter can wear a cute headband, or your son can rock the same polo as dad while the girls match mom.
Go Cute, but Keep it Comfy
My final tip is to have fun and choose cute outfits, but keep it comfy. What do I mean by that? Well, we all may have to talk our kiddos into wearing a certain outfit but if your daughter truly does not usually wear dresses, then I don’t recommend making her wear one for the session. If there’s a look you’re going for we can find a way to achieve your dream family portrait AND letting each member of the family feel like themselves.
Schedule Your Spring Family Portrait
Spring really does tend to spring by (bad pun!). If you’re hoping for a spring family portrait book it sooner than later, my friend! The weekends go by fast! I have a few sessions available on my calendar and would love to be your family photographer. Click here to chat!
Mommy & Me Mini Sessions will be announced later this month so be sure to get on our VIP list to get first dibs!