How Often Should I Update My Family Photos?

Wondering how often you should update your family photos? This is what you need to know.

Busy schedules, family commitments, and lengthy to-do lists mean families don’t always get the time to update their family photos.

71389_2019.08.25_POR_DietrichThe years also seem to be going by faster and faster, which is especially true when you have children. As parents, you don’t want to miss the chance to capture your child’s milestones or how much you’ve changed as a family.

So, how often should you be updating your family photos?

When to update your family photos

Ideally, you should try and take new photos of your family every year. Here’s why:

  • Do it for future generations.While you are taking photos for yourself, you are also making sure that future generations have amazing photos that they can look back on too. Your children and grandchildren will thank you for it.71400_2019.08.25_POR_Dietrich
  • It’s a chance to make memories. By making a point of updating your family photos on a regular basis, you’re also taking the time to be with your family and make new memories. You never know when your family dynamics could change so capture new memories whenever you can.
  • Professional photos last a lifetime.While we are a society that is constantly snapping photos on our phones and uploading them to social media, investing in professional photos gives you a completely different result. Not only will a professional know how to compose and edit each photo to perfection but these are the best photos to print and add to your family albums too.71420_2019.08.25_POR_Dietrich
  • Document your family’s growth.You never realize how quickly your kids are growing until you look back at photos of them or you run into someone who hasn’t seen you in a while. By updating your family photos on an annual basis, you can really document your family’s growth, creating a beautiful series of photos that you can treasure forever.

Remember, updating your family photos every year doesn’t need to cost a fortune either. Talk with your photographer about the different options available to you.

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How to Prepare for Your Custom Portrait Session

Top tips to help you prepare for your upcoming portrait photography session.

Whether you need a new headshot for your LinkedIn profile, a book cover or your website, a custom portrait session will leave you with impactful and professional images that you can use to promote your personal brand.

If you’ve never been photographed before or you haven’t updated your personal portrait in a few years, you’re probably wondering how best to prepare for your upcoming session.

Tips to help you prepare for your portrait photo session

  1. Black and white isn’t always best. Even though men prefer to come dressed in a black suit and women feel they look thinner when they’re dressed in black and white clothing, this doesn’t always mean it’s the best for photos. Black and white clothing generally make most people look washed out, especially when the photos will be used online. If you really want to look more professional, opt for a blue shirt or suit instead of going the usual black suit/ white shirt route.66895_ 2019.07.25_POR_Lucas
  2. Consider your skin tone.When choosing an outfit for your portrait session, keep your skin tone in mind. If you have a more olive skin tone, choose from colors such as cherry reds, greens, maroons, and blues. If your skin is lighter, lilac, pinks and light blues work well. An added bonus is if you can choose a color that compliments your skin tone and brings out your eyes too.66898_ 2019.07.25_POR_Lucas
  3. Stay away from big and bold accessories.While you may want to wear your favorite chandelier earrings to your portrait photo session, they will only end up taking the focus off your face, which is the whole point of a portrait. The same applies to any jewelry item that is big, bold, and in your face.66953_ 2019.07.25_POR_Lucas
  4. Don’t try a new look just before your shoot. Even though your hair and makeup need to look impeccable for your photo session, it’s best not to try out a new hairstyle or makeup trend just before or on the day of your shoot. If you want to get a haircut or try out a new lipstick, do so at least a week before your shoot to make sure you’re happy with it. In terms of makeup, natural is always better. It’s best not to overdo your makeup for your session.

Overall, remember that your portraits need to showcase your unique personality and style. Relax,smile, and have fun!  If you’re feeling nervous or uncertain, let your photographer guide you.

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The Latest in Family Photography Trends

Thinking about updating your family photos? Here are a few of the latest trends to consider.

Family photography has been reinvented. More and more families are stepping away from traditional studio photography and opting for a more documentary style shoot that will tell their story and reflect their unique style.

Modern family shoots are meant to be relaxed, fun and result in natural looking photos, which is why so many families prefer to choose locations that are familiar to them.

Here are a few family photo trends that we will definitely be seeing more of.

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Keeping it close to home

Families will always feel the most comfortable in their own homes, which is why this has become one of the most popular family photography locations. It’s also important to note that you don’t need to have a fancy house with the latest designer furniture for it to be a good location for your shoot either. If you have a room with a big comfy sofa or one with a nice wall color and lots of windows, this will work perfectly for your shoot. As long as the room isn’t too busy and has as much natural light as possible, there’s no reason to go anywhere else for your family photography session.

Bright lights, big city

Urban settings are another popular family photography trend. Heading into the city for your family photo session means you get to take advantage of a number of amazing backdrops such as brick walls, graffiti, archways and doorways as well as historical monuments. If this type of location appeals to you, opt for casual outfits that will fit in well with an urban scene.

67109_ 2019.07.27_POR_JonesOut in the open

Beautiful, sprawling fields are another setting that has become increasingly popular amongst families. The open spaces, repetitive elements, and natural lighting create the perfect setting for family photos. This particular type of location is especially popular among families with young children as it gives them ample room to play and roam around.

Caught in a moment

Today’s photo sessions are all about capturing people in the moment, and family photoshoots are no different. Candid style photos don’t require you to pose, you simply need to enjoy spending time with your family and your photographer will do the rest. A grandfather reading to his grandchildren, sisters laughing together or a family walking hand in hand all make for amazing candid images.

66981_ 2019.07.26_POR_MAtthewsKeeping it casual

Gone are the days of coordinated outfits; modern families are slowly moving away from formal outfits and keeping things stylish and casual instead. Wearing jeans to a family photo shoot doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t look polished though. There are ways to dress up your favorite pair of jeans for the perfect family photos. Keep your location in mind and stick to some sort of color theme in order to make your photos looks more cohesive.

Overall, the more fun and spontaneous your family photo shoot is, the better!

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Family Photos 101: Posing Tips for Large Families

Large families that include of grandparents, moms, dads, children and grandchildren are just the best! There is always a photo to be taken and a moment to be shared.

Now that you’ve finally managed to get your entire family together to update your family photos, how do you get everyone to fit into one picture and how should you pose?

5 Posing tips for large families

Below are a few useful tips that should make your next family photoshoot a little easier:

  1. Create a line up.Start by lining your family up in one or two rows. To make the photo a little more interesting and relaxed, get everyone to either place a hand on their hip, lightly cross their arms or place one hand in their pocket. Remember to place shorter adults and children in the front row.49208_2018.08.31_POR_Campbell
  2. Create a focus point.Always place the main subjects of your photo in the middle, a tip that’s particularly relevant if you will be including grandparents, they should never be on the ends of the photo. If you have a new baby in the family, it’s also best to place them near the middle for the best shot.
  3. Use steps, ledges and chairs.Add some movement to the shot by making use of any stairs, ledges or chairs that you might have around. Positioning your family at different levels using structures or props will add some character to the shot.18381_2015-08-25_por_hughes
  4. Don’t forget the candid shots. If you’ve gotten enough posed shots, start chatting and having a bit of fun in order for your photographer to capture some candid shots of the family. You could even have your family walk towards the camera from afar.39295_2018.06.22_POR_Davenport
  5. Use one camera only.Whether you’ll be taking your family photos yourself or will be using a professional photographer, it’s important to only use one camera to take the shots. If a second person is taking photos over the shoulder of the first, people won’t know where to look, which could ruin the shot.

Hopefully, these tips have better prepared you for your upcoming family photo session. Chat to your photographer if you’re still unsure or would like further advice on other aspects of your session.

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Top Tips for Taking Stellar Family Reunion Photos

Together forever, never apart. Maybe in distance but never by heart.

There’s nothing quite like bringing your family members together after being apart for a lengthy period of time. Family reunions are all about catching up, telling stories, spending quality time together and, of course, the photos.

If you will be hiring a professional photographer to capture your family reunion, here are a few tips to help you get some amazing shots.

  • Prepare everyone in advance.Not everyone is keen on the idea of family photos to begin with, which means they probably won’t appreciate being surprised on the day. Prepare your family members by telling them that there will be a photographer present at the reunion and that they have nothing to worry about. If you have younger children who will be in the photos, a small incentive might make it easier for them to cooperate.14357_2017.17.17_POR_Williams
  • Decide on the type of photos you want to take.Before you start searching for a photographer, have an idea of the type of photos you want to take. Would you prefer formal portraits or do you want a photographer who will simply hang around at a family barbecue to take photos of everyone having fun?
  • Coordinate your outfits.Yes, the idea of coordinating outfits may sound like a daunting one but it doesn’t have to be. There’s no need to get everyone to show up in white t-shirts and blue jeans in order to take great photos but it’s advisable to stick to a certain color theme and to stay away from bold patterns, logos and statement jewelry. Basically, give everyone some general guidelines that are easy to follow.42885_2018.07.11_por_kellyhedgepeth
  • Choose the right location.While you might have the perfect location in mind for your upcoming family reunion, you will need to decide whether it will work for photos too. For example, a busy park might make it difficult for your photographer to get shots without strangers in them so keep your photos in mind when deciding on a location.
  • Be yourselves.Even though you may opt to take several posed photos, the best part about a family reunion photo session is being able to capture everyone being themselves. Have a laugh with your sister, get grandpa to read a story to the little ones or get your daughter to help you in the kitchen. These candid shots make for the best photos.49265_2018.08.31_POR_Campbell
  • Choose the right photographer.Choosing a photographer based on location and price alone is not the right approach. It’s far more important to review their portfolios to ensure that they can take the shots you want.

Deciding to hire a professional photographer for your family reunion will be one of the best investments you can make.

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A Guide to Posing for Your Family Photos

The key to taking genuine and authentic family photos is knowing how to pose in front of the camera.

If you’ve never taken professional family photos before or if you simply want to improve on your last session, here is some advice on how to pose that will leave you with exceptional images.

Get Close

The last thing you want is a family portrait that looks stiff and awkward. The secret to creating a beautiful, intimate family photo is to get close. Snuggle up with the people you love if you want the best photos. If there are people of varying heights in the photo, take a few photos on the same level so that you can get your heads close together too.

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Your photos always look more authentic when your family is genuinely having fun and laughing. Spend time talking about your favorite vacation or a memory that makes you all laugh out loud. These candid moments always make for the best photos.

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When you overthink posing, it takes away from the genuineness of your photos, which is why it helps to shoot your family photos in a setting where you’re all comfortable and where you can go about your lives as naturally as possible. For example, if you’re in an outdoor setting, take your little one for a walk. If you’re shooting at home, bake something together or snuggle up for a story.

51929_ 2018.09.11_POR_OfstedahlUse Your Surroundings

Very often, standing upright in the middle of a room or garden will make your photos look and feel stiff. Use your surroundings to make yourselves more comfortable. For example, if there’s a wall in the vicinity, lean up against it. If there’s a couch available, pose on that for a few shots.

51865_ 2018.09.11_POR_OfstedahlMake Use of Props

If you would like to change things up a bit or give a younger child something to do, you can also always incorporate a few basic props into your photos to get a few non-standard shots.

If you still have questions about your shoot and how to make the most of it, let us know and we will be happy to assist you with additional tips.

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Beautiful Photo Ideas for Moms and Dads

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As parents, the majority of your photos are generally of your kids but when was the last time you had  photos of you and your partner alone?

If you’re looking to add some updated shots to your family photo collection but you’re not sure where to begin, here is a little inspiration for all of the parents out there.

Take a walk together

Getting out in nature and taking a stroll hand in hand makes for some lovely couple shots. You could even have your children by your side or walking ahead of you if you would really like to include them in the shot but still have each other as the focus of the photo.

54846_2018.11.23_POR_SeanGet comfy

Nothing says home and family quite like spending a cozy day on the sofa. Posing and cuddling on the sofa works especially well during the winter months when you can incorporate blankets, books, and fun, fluffy socks.

Head to the beach

There is something about splashing around in the surf and taking a stroll on the beach that makes for the most incredible couple and family photos. You can really get creative if you decide to have your photo session on the beach and it’s a great way to have a family photoshoot with some lovely shots of mom and dad alone too.

52355_2018.09.20_POR_BrillhartGet silly

Having children doesn’t mean that you should forget to have fun together every once in a while too. Try being silly or doing something that makes you feel young at heart. Play in the autumn leaves, laugh together or do something that you haven’t done together in years such as going out for a milkshake and fries.

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Print out and hold photos of you and your partner before you were parents as a sweet way of showing just how far you’ve come and that you’re even happier and more in love than ever before.

Taking regular photos of you and your parnter throughout the years is a beautiful gift to give your children and your grandchildren so try and make it a regular occurrence.

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