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5 tips for a better family photo experience - Vancouver WA Family Photographer

 Family photos are a great way to capture memories and create a lasting legacy for generations to come. However, getting everyone to cooperate and look their best in a family photo can be a challenge. Here are five tips for a better family photo experience:

  1. Plan ahead: Schedule the photo shoot at a time when everyone will be well-rested and fed. If you are too busy and juggling your kid’s sports and other obligations on the day of your session you will likely feel stressed. Try to give yourself lots of time to get ready for your session so that you are not rushed before, during, or after. Choose a location that is meaningful to your family or has a nice backdrop. Consider coordinating outfits in advance to ensure everyone looks great together.
  2. Communicate with your photographer: Let your photographer know what you’re looking for in the photos. Share any preferences you have in terms of poses, lighting, or other details before your session. If you have a Pinterest board, share it! This will help your photographer understand your vision and capture the best possible shots.
  3. Keep it fun: Encourage everyone to relax and have fun during the photo shoot. Play games, tell jokes, or do something silly to keep everyone laughing. This will help create natural, candid shots that truly capture your family’s personality. Try not to worry about kids behaving perfectly or sitting still. Your photographer should have lots of tricks to get kids to relax and feel comfortable. If parents relax, the kids will too!
  4. Be patient: It can be tough to get everyone to cooperate for a photo, especially if you have young children. Be extra patient and take breaks as needed to avoid frustration. Remember, the goal is to capture happy memories, not create stress. Try to stay calm and have fun with it. Chances are you are going to end up with tons of great shots even if your kiddos were being extra silly or stubborn.
  5. Celebrate the results: Once you have your photos, take time to celebrate your family and the memories you’ve captured. This is a season of your life and your kids will never be this age again. Be kind and gentle to yourself when you look at your photos. Remember the people that love you never see what you see and these photos are for them too. Share the photos with family and friends, display them in your home, or create a photo album to treasure for years to come.

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