Timing Family Photos
Timing Family Photos
There are certain events in life where you more or less know that a professional photographer is going to be involved. Weddings fall into that category and usually, if you are lucky, you can round up the entire family at a wedding to capture a few group poses of the whole clan together.
Of course, years may pass between family weddings and so much can change in terms of the dynamics and people involved in those photos.
Even more importantly, you don’t want your only family pictures to be taken when everyone always in formal wedding attire.
More and more, people are starting to recognize the value of regular family photo shoots. Whether that means just you and your immediate family or expands to aunts, uncles and all the cousins – capturing those pictures can preserve who your family is during the various stages of life and what you all mean to each other.
Often, this starts once a newborn arrives on the scene. For whatever reason, people seem to value pictures more when there is a little one to capture who is constantly growing and changing. I have seen a lot of trends lately moving towards monthly photo shoots for the first year of a child’s life. These shoots don’t have to be all posed and manufactured – even having the photographer come to your house to take a few natural pictures in your own setting can be special.
The same can be said for birthday parties. Not everyone thinks about hiring a photographer for those annual celebrations, but especially when kids are involved – having a professional on hand can mean one less thing for mom and dad to worry about throughout the course of the party. The added bonus is that birthday parties are often attended by the closest members of your extended family as well, making this a great opportunity to capture a few images of everyone together, dressed casually and enjoying the day.
There are plenty of other events that could be considered professional photographer worthy, if capturing the best of those moments is something that feels truly important to you. Think about the first day of school, or hiring a photographer to capture your child doing something they love – like playing soccer or attending a Girl Scout award ceremony.
Don’t limit yourself to events when it comes to family photography though. Consider those photos an investment in your own memories, and try to arrange some sort of professional photo session once a year, or every other year at the very least. Think about how much people can change during that time and consider those photos your way of capturing each of the life stages for those you care about most. Choose locations that are meaningful to you and your family and focus on getting the images that will show off the love you all have for each other.
The best part is you are guaranteed shots of everyone together – a rarity in the day to day hustle where you might shoot a random picture here and there on your phone, but you will hardly ever get everyone in the same frame and looking at the camera at the same time.
Just remember that getting professional family photos doesn’t have to mean stuffy poses and coordinated outfits. Sometimes it’s just about having a professional there to get the shots you otherwise would have wanted to get yourself, if you weren’t already running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to keep everyone fed, entertained and happy. Taking family photos doesn’t have to be a boring or stressful thing. It can just be one more facet of any celebration you would otherwise normally be having. A chance to get everyone together and save a few images of their smiling faces for framing, Facebooking and enjoying for years to come.