As we all know, getting family portraits is important for all families, and portraits can be wonderful fun. You might be wondering how to prepare your child to get the best portraits. Should you dress them a certain way or go to a certain location? This blog is going to explore how to get the best portraits of your children, giving your family some incredible portraits for your walls and portrait books.
Every Family Is Different
The most important thing for families to remember is that every child is different in his or her own way, much like each family is different. Your children and family may be like one family I photographed; they loved getting up at the crack of dawn and wanted a session on the beach just as the sun was coming up. This was the first time I have done something such as this and I have yet to do anything similar since, but the family really enjoyed it. The portraits turned out stunningly and really captured the family’s personality. Now, if your child is more of the quiet, studious type, make sure the session is quiet and not over the top. A large, noisy portrait session could lead to your child becoming stressed, making it difficult to capture his or her true personality. Always make sure the session will match your child’s likes and dislikes in order to get the best portraits.
Best Portraits Of Your Children: Time Of Day and Locations
The time of day is important with children because some may need to take a nap in the afternoon or some, like many teenagers, may not be awake until the afternoon hours. You know the best time of day for your children, and I work with all schedules to make sure I can get the best portraits of your children. Another aspect of getting incredible portraits is finding locations that work great for everyone. One of the best ways I have found to take photographs of teenagers who do not want their portraits taken is to have them wear their favourite clothing, even if it is jeans and a t-shirt. I will then put them in front of scruffy looking wall and snap various portraits. This worked very well for one client; the teenage son did not want his portrait taken, but as soon as he saw one of the portraits he wanted to hang it in his bedroom.
Give Your Children Food Before Portraits
Whether your children are in their teen years or if they are very young, feeding them before a portrait session will help it go smoothly. I always recommend parents to have a meal before the session and then provide the children with a snack right before the portraits. This is the best way to ensure that I can capture their cheeky personalities and get some incredible portraits your family will love for years to come.
Getting the best portraits of your children is easy to do if you stick with their personality and make the process fun. I am willing to help you figure out different locations and settings that will work great for your particular child if you are uncertain about where to go. Contact me today to set up a family portrait session!
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