So you’ve decided you want some family photos! That is a great first step, but maybe you’re not sure where to go from here. If that is the case you’ve come to the right place. I hope you find this guide to surviving family photos helpful!
Which session is right for us?
Here at Dallas Olga Photography we believe it is so, so important to get your family photos done. We also realize that not everyone can invest in a regular session. That is where the mini comes into play. The mini is also great if you don’t have a lot of time to spare, lets face it, kids can be so busy between sports, school and learning new things! The mini is 15 minutes. We power through the session, getting all the important shots, and anything else is a bonus! Minis are done in specific set locations on specific dates. Typically more than one is done that day so likely there is a family before or after you, if not both! This allows us to offer a great price.
The regular session is where we can really get to know your family. It is a one hour session including up to 100km of travel. That means we can likely go to a location that means something to you! We also offer these on most days of the week which allows a bit more flexibility for busy families. Regular sessions allow us to do fun activities, say your family loves skating or riding their bikes. We have time to get all the typical shots out of the way and then to just really have fun and enjoy the rest of the session, allowing your family dynamic to really come through in the photos. You also are guaranteed a minimum of 50 edited images allowing you to create albums or a masterpiece gallery wall.
The upgraded session is just an extension of the regular. That means more, more, more! More time, more km, more people and more photos! The upgraded is also for those large family photos, where mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, etc can join in!
You can find more details about pricing HERE.
Time is so crucial for families!
Most of our sessions are done at or just before sunset. Because of this it can be a bit trickier for families, especially with young children. Sunsets in May, June and July can be as late as 10pm. That means a regular session would start around 9. If that’s something you don’t think your kids would do well with then you should consider looking at spring and fall times. Obviously winter sunsets are a lot earlier in the day, which means it basically only leaves weekends available for 9-5 parents. Winter is also not as fun for kids since they are usually cold, and in the summer we can go in the water!!
Location is such a large part of photos!
As photographers we always have locations in mind! Seriously when I am in a (moving, duh) vehicle I am almost always looking around for a new sweet spot. That being said, its always nice to have a location that is special to you and your family. If you have a pretty field, or a lake, or an old farm house, anything that means something to you, we will help capture the beauty that your family creates there. In home sessions are also a great option in the winter!
I think most clients find this aspect to be the most challenging, especially when they are trying to dress 5-6 family members. Here is my best piece of advice, start with the hardest person. In my family the most difficult to dress is myself. So I find an outfit that works for me and then the rest of the family follows. You want to avoid neons and things with logos. These things immediately draw attention to them, and we want the attention to be on you, not your shirt. I typically tell men to skip the ball cap, but I know this isn’t always an easy thing to get them to do. You can give them a heads up that I may ask them to take it off for a couple shots. Or don’t and let me be the bad guy, whatever gets it done haha!
Colours that work well are; maroon, mustard yellow, emerald green, aka colours that I like to call “deep”. Once you have the most difficult outfit picked you work around it. If the outfit is black then you want to add some colour on the other outfits, or vice versa. Of course most photographers won’t mind you asking them for advice. I love getting pictures of outfits and helping clients decide. Also outfit changes during the session are not just welcome, but encouraged. PINTEREST is also a great tool for some inspiration!
This first photo is my family, taken by the one and only Brit Medin!
The following have been some of my favourite client outfits but honestly almost everyone I have taken photos of looks great. You can find more photos like these on the BLOG.
THE DAY OF.
The day has finally arrived. Its time to test out everything you learned from this guide to surviving family photos. You love your outfits, the men are on board and you are ready to go. Except one thing. Your kids are not cooperating. Which isn’t out of the norm (at least for my family). You’re wondering how in the World you are all going to get through this in one piece with no fighting or crying. I. GOT. YOU. First, relax. It is all going to be fine. However, this is the day you do whatever you can to get happy kids. If that means 2 naps, do it, if that means giving them a pop or some sugar right before to get them hyped up, DO IT.
During the session just breathe, we are there to capture the moments and the memories, not just the posed smiling faces. If your toddler isn’t happy, scoop them up and make them laugh. Throw them in the air, tickle them, play tag. Today, of all days, is the day to give them a bit of slack and laugh at their silliness. The more fun everyone is having, the better the photos will be!!
One last note, your pets are apart of your family. Please, please bring them along.
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