Following up with my recent Mother’s Day post, I wanted to make sure that you remember the grandmothers, too! Family portrait images that include multiple generations are particularly memorable and will be cherished for years to come. Whether it is your parent’s anniversary, you are celebrating a birthday milestone, or everyone is simply in town at the same time, here are five reasons to book a session:
Get a Classic, Yet Professional, Group Shot
Anytime that your extended family is in town, it is worth taking a group picture together. This is especially important for those with family who live far away or are seldom able to visit. Cherish the time you have together, and celebrate it with a group image. The benefits of booking a professional photo session to get your shots are many, including that you will not have to worry about how to gather, manage, and pose everyone. Plus, isn’t it time you stop crowding together at a casual holiday event for a quick snapshot and considering that good enough? I have plenty of success getting large groups to cooperate, no matter their range of ages and personalities. It is easy to print multiple copies of your favourite images to share with family members.
Quickly Compare Those Shared Traits
Do all the men in the family have the same broad shoulders? Is there a certain eye colour or nose shape that has been passed down through the generations? Do all the sisters share the same mega-kilowatt smile? Lining up multiple generations all at once allows you to see the physical traits that identify your family. I may even capture a few candid shared gestures and expressions! This is a fun way to make comparisons and celebrate your family’s uniqueness.
Celebrate All Aspects of Your Family’s Bond
In addition to a taking a large group shot, we can also break down your session into capturing smaller groups to round out your family portrait images. How about a shot of the adult children with their parents, or of the grandparents surrounded by their grandchildren? Alternatively, gather all of the females together for a powerful portrait, or separate siblings and their families for individual group shots with the grandparents. A cute shot of all of the cousins playing together is a sure winner, too. The combinations of portraits must be well planned, which is where I come in. I will take all of your requests and add in few of my own to plan the perfect session for your group.
Everyone Will Look and Feel Their Best
Professional photo sessions are designed to help bring out the best in everyone, even those who might have never pictured themselves as the model type. Location, lighting, angles, lenses, and composition all contribute to taking a great shot, but the way everyone feels on set is the most important aspect. If you are comfortable, relaxed, and enjoying yourself, my chances of getting a great picture are much higher. I make an effort to get to know each person on location with me, so that I can quickly identify how individuals may react in front of the camera and adjust accordingly. Many grandparents, in particular, feel they are no longer beautiful and do not need to have “fancy pictures” taken. In reality, there is so much beauty in the smile of a grandparent looking at his or her children and grandchildren. Plus, children do not see age the same way we do. They love us for who we are, not matter our age, and will simply have fun with a shared experience. Finally, the resulting images will be ones worth keeping and passing down.
The Session Itself is Memorable
One of the best ways to feel relaxed on set is to see it as a fun family outing, not a stressful, stiff photography session. Focus on having fun on the shoot and making memories together. Let me capture formal family portrait images as well as the candid, lifestyle moments in between.
No one wants to think about it, but our oldest generations will not be around forever. Take the time now to capture precious moments between your mother and your daughter, or to capture the big group shot you have always wanted. Contact me today to learn more about booking a session. I will work with you to determine the right time, location, and groupings to make your shoot a success.
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