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No Homecoming Is Complete Without Family Reunion Photos

a-big-familyIt is that time of the year when family comes from all over the world to be together and celebrate. As you gather family from near and far, it is important to focus on being with your loved ones and rejoicing in the love and gratitude that homecomings inspire.

During all of the fun it is easy to forget to take family reunion photos. But trust me when I say you will regret it if your don’t take the time to capture quality photographs of everyone together again.

Why Family Reunion Photos Are So Important

Gathering the family and taking a bunch of photos sounds like a hassle, I know, but it is worth it. Here’s why: 

You Are Creating a Keepsake

Years from now your great, great-grandkids will pull these photos out of a dusty box and laugh at the fashions you wore and the way you styled your hair. They will pass the photo around and point out the features they share with each family member and chuckle at the babies who are now adults.

There are certain photographs that get passed down from generation to generation. These are the kind of photographs that are taken at family reunions. 

How Many Chances Do You Really Get?

More often than not we are only able to get one portion of the family together at a time. When the whole family shows up for a family reunion it is practically a miracle. Everyone will say, “Let’s do this again soon,” but chances are it will be years before you manage to coordinate schedules and organise a second family reunion.

Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. While you have everyone together make sure you capture plenty of photographs. That way you don’t have to worry that you missed your chance. And if you are lucky enough to have another family reunion again soon, you and your family will have fun seeing how everyone has changed since the last photograph was taken.

If It’s Done Right, It Can Be A Lot of Fun

Family photo shoots don’t have to mean everyone stands in a line and plasters a fake smile on their face while squinting against the sun. Family reunion photos can be an enjoyable activity to incorporate into the day.

Gather everyone together for a fun and playful photo shoot that highlights the qualities that make your family one-of-a-kind. This way you will enjoy the process and you will end up with gorgeous photographs that are true to your family’s personality.

Get Fantastic Reunion Photos With Kiss Photography

While candid photographs throughout your time together are great, the best way to get high-quality family reunion photos is to trust a professional. I have had plenty of experience with family photo shoots and I love taking fun and gorgeous photos with different families. Drop me a line and we can schedule a photo shoot so that you can get the most out of your family reunion.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Approaching a Family Photo Shoot While Battling Cancer

How to approach a family photo shoot whilst battling cancerProfessional photo shoots are the type of thing every family tends to think about once in a while and with good reason. Taking your own photographs is an awesome way for a family to record their lives on a daily basis, but every so often it’s really nice to have a professional’s touch. Professional photographs ensure that special events like weddings, engagements, and births are properly captured and commemorated. The creative touch of a professional can also be a great tool to use when recording the everyday essence of your family as well.

But what do you do when you’d like to create such a record under a unique circumstance that is less than ideal… like a battle with cancer? Do you really want to be captured without your hair and not looking your best? Is that even something people do and if so, is it a good option for you?

A Gift to Your Family

I firmly believe that when people are determined to wait for the perfect, opportune time to arrange a professional family photo shoot, it’s most likely never going to happen. You’re always going to want to lose a few kilos first or wait until you have more time, but while you’re waiting, life is passing you by and you’re missing your opportunities to record all of those precious moments.

I’ve actually worked personally with a number of clients that were battling cancer and most wanted the photos so that their families and children would have something to remember them by in case they didn’t make it. Sometimes that meant choosing to be photographed without their hair or looking less than their best.

Each of these clients realized something that many people do not. Portraits aren’t really for you. They’re for your family, your children, and their children’s children to remember you by. Photos of loved ones are so precious to those people and an opportunity to provide them with that comfort shouldn’t be ignored.

A Record for Yourself

Some of my clients that have successfully beat cancer appreciated the portraits they had taken when they were sick or recovering in a way they didn’t anticipate. For instance, I had one woman who commissioned a shoot with her husband, young daughter and dog at a point where she’d lost her hair. We made her up beautifully and took a few photos with her head scarf on, as well as a few with it off. She looked beautiful and had a wonderful time.

Then later on, after she’d recovered, she came back for another shoot. Her hair was long and beautiful again and we took some gorgeous photos with her family once again. Both shoots together serve as a powerful testament to her strength and to the strength of her family that they’ll treasure forever.

That said, it’s important not to set aside the idea of getting a photo shoot because of cancer. In fact, it’s important not to wait. It could be a golden opportunity to find some fun, happiness, and togetherness with your loved ones when you need it the most.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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How to Dress for a Family Photo Shoot

Family Photo shoot - similar colours work best.It’s only natural for a lot of planning to go into the perfect family portrait. After all, a professional family portrait is about so much more than simply recording memories for everyone to enjoy together into the future. You’re creating a piece of art that will represent something special and unique about your family for generations to come.

However, choosing the right photographer and deciding who you want involved in the portrait is only part of the battle. You also need to decide what you’re all going to wear – something quite a few people forget to consider at all beforehand! Let’s take a closer look at how you and your loved ones can make sure you’re dressed to make memories you’ll love to look back on.

Don’t match. Coordinate!

The biggest mistake a lot of families make is going too matchy-matchy when it comes to outfits they decide to wear to their photo shoot. They assume that matching is the key to looking like they all belong in the same scene when really this makes the entire scene look posed and unnatural – like everyone’s trying way too hard.

Instead of matching, try simply coordinating your colours in a casual way. Start with a basic colour palette – such as all pastels in shades of white, pink, blue, and coral – and take it from there. Choosing color selections that involve different tonal ranges of the same one or two shades is also a wonderful way to go. If you’re unsure as to how to coordinate in this way, you can always ask your photographer for pointers.

Don’t be afraid to accessorise.

Just as accessories can be exactly what makes an outfit, they can be what makes the visual appeal of a photo shoot as well. Don’t be afraid to go bold and think outside the box here. Jewellery, scarves, and hair flowers for girls are all ideal places to start. Guys look fantastic in colourful waistcoats, jackets, or sweaters that coordinate accordingly. Just take care not to choose anything too overwhelming.

You’ll also want to beware of over-accessorising babies and young children. They’re so positively perfect in their innocence and purity. They really don’t need huge headbands or other such items to help them look their best.

Consider your location.

Don’t get so caught up in coordinating with each other that you forget to dress appropriately for the location where you’ll be shooting. Don’t wear winter clothing during the summer or vice versa. Also, if you’re going to be shooting action shots at the beach, it may not be the time to break out the dapper three-piece suits and the evening gowns.

Colour is important here, too. If you know you’ll be shooting in front of a building that’s painted green, make sure you keep that shade in mind when selecting your outfits. It will make a massive difference in the way the finished shots turn out… and as always, if you have questions, you can always ask the photographer for some suggestions. You’re sure to be glad you did!

Talk soon!

Margherita :)

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