You've booked your session, picked a date and a location, coordinated all the outfits, now what??
I'll break down a little sneak peek of how a family session with me goes, to help you know what to expect from me, as well as help you to know what is expected of you as the client.
First of all you need to know that families are my JAM. I myself am a mama of 5, soon to be 6, fun and rambunctious boys. I KNOW how it is to wrangle the whole fam bam up for family photos, and it can be much more stressful than enjoyable making sure everyone gets there in one piece without some sudden stain on the toddlers outfit. Then when you get there, the kids are all over the place, or even worse, super shy and seemingly uncooperative, dad is less than enthusiastic and that vein in his forehead is starting to bulge because he's regretting the whole darn thing, and mama is stressed to the max, sad and disappointed her beautifully family, primped and dressed to perfection, isn't as excited as she is for photos. I mean, everyone is supposed to be perfectly happy, jump out of the mini-van with enthusiasm, and start frolicking in the field lovingly with one another, right?? Does this scene sound familiar yet?
Well, one thing I know for sure is, families are very rarely perfectly cooperative in the way you would think they should be. And you know what? I like it that way. Let me explain why.
If you've had a session with me before, you'll know that I don't spend the entire session asking you all to smile and look at the camera. In fact, I do very little of that. More often than not, I'm asking you NOT to look at me. Thats right. Many first time clients seem perplexed by this, but when they see their galleries, they get it. And they are SO happy when they see their gallery for the first time. Because what I gave them wasn't a handful of perfectly posed photos of everyone staring at my camera and giving a forced smile, but a collection of images that tell their family's story, and emits the genuine love and connection everyone has for one another. Don't worry, you will still be posed and told exactly what to do, or not to do. I've got you. And don't get me wrong, yes, we will get a few "smile and look at me" shots for grandma's fridge. But we will be spending most of the session getting you all to interact with one another, not with me.
And trust me, your imagery will be gorgeous, just like you are.