FAQ - Preparing for your Family Photo Session / by Erika Sneeringer

Come Prepared

The most important thing you can do to prepare for your family photo session is to make sure your children are well rested and well fed.  It is important we choose a time that does not interfere with sleep or nap time.  Making sure your children have eaten a good meal and/or healthy snack prior to the session is essential.  However, it isn’t just about the children; parents should be well rested and fed also.  If you're anything like me, when hunger strikes, it quickly becomes hangry.  It’s not pretty!  No one will be happy if there are hangry people.

I love how this family coordinated their outfits.  Not matching in colors but the tones work really well together, everyone is dressed nicely and were happy and comfortable.

I love how this family coordinated their outfits.  Not matching in colors but the tones work really well together, everyone is dressed nicely and were happy and comfortable.

What Should We Wear?

There are no right or wrong clothing options to wear during a photo session.  The most important thing is to make sure you are all comfortable and feel like yourselves.  Planning outfits in advance will help us achieve the images you desire. Choosing outfits for everyone so that you are all coordinated for an appealing photograph does not mean you all have to match. What do your dream family photos look like?  If they are soft and elegant, chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues.  Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family?  Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents.  Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.

Looking for a little more guidance and suggestions?  Check out this helpful article written by Columbus, Ohio family photographer Aaron Taylor

More Than Cheese!

When we try to get shots of everyone looking at the camera, please don’t get upset or frustrated with your children for not cooperating.  Try not to worry!  The last thing we want is photographs of the children finally looking and smiling at the camera while you are upset and pleading with them to look at the camera.  Children can sense stress so if their parents are relaxed they will be more relaxed as well.  Please remember that you don’t need to tell your children to say cheese.  That will only bring out cheesy smiles that don’t really capture what they look like.

Let your kids relax and just be themselves! 

Let your kids relax and just be themselves! 

A family session with me will capture more than forced smiles.  I like to capture the candid moments of you being a family together.  Think about what some of your favorite activates to do together as a family are.  Tossing a ball in the backyard?  Having a picnic?  Playing games? Blowing Bubbles?  Reading?  

Bring anything you want from home. The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other.  It will make everyone more comfortable doing something you enjoy.  Not only will that help create authentic smiles, but capturing those special memories will create photographs much more meaningful to you.

We took a break mid-shoot so 2 year old Emma could eat a snack and cuddle up with mom for a book.  It really saved Emma's mood and helped the family to relax and just be themselves.

We took a break mid-shoot so 2 year old Emma could eat a snack and cuddle up with mom for a book.  It really saved Emma's mood and helped the family to relax and just be themselves.

Got Dogs?

Yes, I encourage you to include your dog(s) in your family portrait session.  Your dog is part of your family too!

Your dog is part of the family too!

Your dog is part of the family too!

Be sure to bring some treats, which will help get him/her to cooperate during the session.  You may want to have your dog in some pictures but not in others.  With this in mind, you may want to ask a neighbor or family friend to tag along to help out.  This will be helpful when your dog might decide to misbehave or you just want to get a few shots without the dog.  Having someone there to help will make it much easier on you so that you are not distracted.  If you plan on brining your dog to one of our photo sessions, be sure to discuss it with me in advance.  That way, I can come prepared (a pocket full of treats or bringing and extra helper) and can make sure the location allows dogs.

When Is Payment Due?

Payment is due at the time of the shoot in the form of cash or check only.

Now What?

The photo session is over and you are wondering when you will receive your images?  Please expect the digital images to be delivered within 21 days.  In the meantime, I like to text or email you a little sneak peak for a little tease! When all of your photographs are ready, an online professional gallery will be sent to your e-mail address.  At that time, you will have the opportunity to select your favorite images and we can discuss which ones you would like to have printed.  Once you have selected the images you want printed, I will order them through a professional print lab and have them delivered right to your home.  

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