It’s Photo Shoot Season! – 4 Tips on Getting Great Family Photos

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When I first became a mother, I planned elaborate photo shoots with my daughter. I hoped to capture every moment, every memory on film. I was absolutely amazed that I played a part in creating this lovely little person and wanted to document her journey here on earth. I had a schedule. She would get her pictures taken every three months–and that’s just counting professional photos. I would spend hours selecting outfits, booking appointments and picking proofs. I was disappointed when she refused to smile, fought me over wardrobe changes or didn’t want to be bothered. I spent hundreds of dollars on photography sessions, and after exhausting my energy and money, I ended up placing the pictures in a drawer, forgetting to distribute them to all of our family members. And as time went on, I didn’t stick to the schedule. Sometimes we took photos back-to-back. Other times we went months without posing for a picture. And you know what? My favorite photo is one that wasn’t planned! I hardly had on any makeup, and it was late at night on her first birthday. My talented cousin lit the picture beautifully.

Now, I don’t follow a calendar. I schedule Christmas card shoots, but other than that, we live life, snapping shots when we feel like it. This morning, a friend of mine, Joanne Wallington, who’s beautiful family is featured in this story, reminded me that you can’t control family photography. Here’s a simple way to get a shot without getting stressed.

Photos Courtesy: Danae Hampton

1. Dress Alike

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You don’t have to dress up, but dress alike. Coordinate colors and outfits. And throw out the red and green dress code if you like! You can still make a Christmas card wearing white, blue or even purple.

BMWK – Please share with us your experiences with trying to get a family photo.  Did you ever pay for pictures…only to forget to share them?

 

About the author

Heather Hopson wrote 58 articles on this blog.

Not long ago, Heather Hopson was an award-winning television host in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's writing a different kind of story as a new mom. She gives readers the key to her diary and shares personal stories about single parenting, dating, transitioning to motherhood and her obsession with being what her family calls an "activity mom." The site features celebrity interviews, parent spotlights and confessional videos. Follow her journey through motherhood on Twitter @dearmomdiary.

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