What to know to get amazing family photos

(Credit: Ted Dawson Photography)

Family Photography

Have you ever had family photographs taken? We succumbed to this unfortunate rite of passage a few months ago. I mean, it ended up being fine and all. Our photographer (Amy from Visual Hues), was fantastic and we couldn’t have asked for a better day, but getting professional photos taken is awkward! While I liked the composition, I never like the way I look in pictures. My hair was crazy curly, I should’ve bucked up and gotten Botox, and why did I wear that sweater (bought the day before on impulse)? Family photography sure isn’t as easy as it looks. Here’s what you ought to know before your session.

The Family Photo Shoot

Man kissing wife, hugging daughter

(Credit: Amy Brathwaite/VisualHues)

At least we didn’t look like the boobsy twins in jeans and white T’s. I’m not a fan of matchy-matchy, and you know Eve insisted on wearing whatever she pleased. If you’re trying to do it right, however, check out these recommendations for how to coordinate in a way that’s not nauseating.

Man hugging daughter from behind

(Credit: Amy Brathwaite/Visual Hues)

Outdoor vs Indoor Family Photography

If you want outdoor pictures you have to carefully consider which month and time of day to do the shoot – which can be challenging with nap times. Fall is one of the best times of year to get family photography done. The weather is typically stable, the colours are gorgeous and the kids look good with their back to school hair cuts. We had ours taken in early October, so were able to use the snaps for our Christmas cards. Below is the shot we used.

Dog in family photograph

(Credit: Amy Brathwaite/VisualHues)

Naturally, Buddy was the most photogenic of everyone!

girl wearing mom's jacket

(Credit: Amy Brathwaite/VisualHues)

Texture is key. Think nubby sweaters and layers. I love this picture of Eve – not planned, but my navy jacket contrasts nicely against her hair and the golden light.

professional family photo shoot 70s

(Credit: Ted Dawson Photography)

While I’m not a fan of the canned, don’t we look like the perfect family shots, I do love these pics from our session in the 70’s. I desperately want to make fun of my sister’s peach pantsuit, but I’m afraid my pink polyester number doesn’t fare much better.

At the end of the day, getting family photos taken ensures you have appropriate blackmail material for future years. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

Have you ever had professional family photos taken? Do you think it was worth it? Would you do it again?

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