podcast show notes | episode 002 | how not to be stressed out for your family photo shoot
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Oh mamas. We get it. Family photo shoots are usually an investment and it’s so stressful getting the whole family ready! Why is it that tensions are high and moods are swinging all over the place when all we want are some nice family pictures? We share 30 practical tips that will help your next photo shoot to be a much more pleasant experience than past years — from preparations to during the session, and even tips for afterwards.
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A few of Becky Proudfit’s family pictures over the years. The first couple shown here were taken by her sister-in-law, Melody.
A few of my family pictures over the years. (For those who are new here, this is Becky Higgins and I am writing all these show notes.)
ABOVE: Our first family picture in 2002 with us being a brand-new party of 3 (we were married for 7.5 years before being blessed with our first child).
ABOVE: Our first family picture with all 5 of us, taken in 2009. This was also the first year we hired a professional photographer (Kara Layne) instead of just having a friend take a picture.
ABOVE: Last year’s annual family picture, taken by Natalie Nelson in the basement of our home under construction.
Local 14-year-old boy that I’m considering hiring for this year’s family pictures: @jonascostnerphotography
Flip-through of my photo book that spans our first 20 years worth of family pictures. As promised, I’ll share this video flip-through on our social media — @CultivateAGoodLife.
Keep in mind that all of these are expanded upon in the episode. This is just a refresher to remind you because there were so many tips covered.
THE BIG PICTURE
- Just do it.
- Begin with the end in mind. “The purpose of the task is to strengthen the relationship.”
- Make a family date out of it.
- Connect with your photographer and have clear expectations.
- Share tips about your kids with the photographer.
- Let perfectionism GO.
- Trust your photographer.
Becky Proudfit’s “ball of wonderful” with her hands on her hips. Oh sweet Caroline.
Becky Proudfit’s picture of the boys in front of the Christmas tree right after Jameson threw up.
BEFORE THE DAY OF THE PHOTO SHOOT
8. Do not overbook your day. Make your photo shoot the prime event of the day.
9. Plan your outfits in advance.
10. Lay it all out to be sure that everything looks good together.
11. Consider the sit-ability in the outfits.
12. Run your outfits by your photographer.
13. Socks matter!
14. Let’s talk hair. Consider a trim for that day or be intentional about getting those haircuts well in advance, before the photo shoot.
15. Makeup. If you’re doing your own, go a touch heavier. Also consider hiring a professional makeup artist, as long as you’ve already used them.
16. Add another generation.
DAY OF THE PHOTO SHOOT
17. Prep your man.
18. Do not show up hungry.
19. Sleep is underrated.
20. Be prepared with treats.
21. Bring a “favorite thing” for the little ones.
22. Be early to the shoot.
DURING THE PHOTO SHOOT
23. Do not be a control freak.
24. Let the kids be themselves. Let their personalities SHINE.
25. Savor the moment. Show love to your family during the pictures. Enjoy being together.
26. Personal interactions. Be aware of your facial expressions in between the posed pictures.
27. Get over your personal insecurities. Feel free to communicate a few things with your photographer ahead of time.
AFTER THE PHOTO SHOOT
28. Validate your photographer.
29. Check with your photographer before posting pictures on social media.
30. Thank your family! Don’t focus on what went wrong.
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The following professional photographers contributed to the content shared in this episode. We are so thankful to them for sharing their wisdom, tips, and expertise!
NATALIE NELSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Specializing in: Portrait
Web: cheznousimages.com (It’s French and pronounced shay-noo images)
Serving: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria (Arizona)
Specializing in: High school seniors
JULIA DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY
Serving: Colorado Springs, Colorado. Seasonal sessions in Northern Utah and Southern California.
Specializing in: Families, children, and high school seniors
KIM ALLEN | 40 LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY
40 Love Photography
Serving: Phoenix, AZ and surrounding areas
Specializing in: Family, high school seniors, and weddings
Facebook: 40 Love Photo
KIM SKINNER PHOTOGRAPHY
Serving: Arizona and beyond
Specializing in: Portraits and weddings
MELANIE MAUER PHOTOGRAPHY
Serving: Lexington, Kentucky + travel
Specializing in: Sweet families & darling weddings
Serving: Arizona + willing to travel
Specializing in: Family and weddings
MELODY CHRISTINA PHOTOGRAPHY
Serving: Arizona — Glendale / Phoenix / Peoria / Scottsdale (Maricopa County)
Specializing in: Family / children / portrait / newborn / business headshots