8 Tips for Fall Family Portraits

8 Tips for Fall Family Portraits

with Camille Marie Photography

Fall...

It's that wonderful season that causes families to flock to their favorite photographer who will capture physical documentation of their memories. The photographer who will turn their family love and joy into art - art representing the moments and feelings they don't want to forget.

When you're prepping for your fall family session with Camille Marie Photography - here are 8 things to keep in mind.

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1. Chill Out

The number one thing I emphasize with ALL my family session is to relax. If you have young kids, chances are at least one of them will cry at some point, someone will punch their brother, someone won't want to do what I ask. 

Don't worry about it. This is all normal.  I totally swear my kids have done worse. Don't be embarrassed. My goal is to capture the moments. The little expressions and feelings that get missed when everyone is just staring at the camera and smiling. 

Come prepared to praise your children, whether they sit perfect still and smile sweetly, or if they just want to tickle their sister. I'll work with it, turn it into something beautiful.

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2. Be prepared to have fun.

Along with number 1 - we don't take anything too seriously! Kids are best when they are playing. They enjoy themselves more, and they have the most perfect, natural expressions. Parents, you are so beautiful when you are watching your kids have fun.

I'll guide you to the perfect light, and we'll snuggle, we'll giggle, we'll wiggle!  

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3. Think about texture.

Your wardrobe should have texture - thick knits partnered with leather boots, a floral dress with leggings and a fur vest.... adding layers and textures in coordinating neutrals adds warmth and a feeling of belonging. 

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4. Blankets = Cozy

If you have a fall blanket that coordinates with your outfits, bring it along! They are fun to use as props and add another texture element of coziness and warmth.

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5. Snuggle.

I've probably said this a few times by now. But seriously - be prepared to snuggle. I tell my families that they should always be touching someone at all times. The squishier the snuggle the better!

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6. Choose your clothing based on your home. 

When selecting your color scheme - think about the room you want to display your family portrait in. If your walls are a soft robins egg blue, don't dress your family in bright neons (you should avoid neons anyway!). Match the tone of your home to the tone of your images. You want to display these memories for years to come, so avoiding trends and anything that will make your image look dated is really important. 

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7. Matchy-Matchy is OUT.

The days where everyone wears white shirts and jeans are over. When I say don't match - what I mean is please coordinate! Instead of everyone in a white shirt, try to pick a simple color palette with 2-3 neutral colors (gray, cream, white, blue, black, navy, tan, etc...) and then add a little color that goes well, in small doses.

Alternatively, find one print that you love (maybe in mom or sister's dress) and build from there for a more bold, coordinating color palette.

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8. We'll still get that fireplace image

I always love when families choose a more candid moment to turn into art for above their fireplace, because to me that's what life is all about - moments!

But, if you're searching for that one posed photo amidst the fun and laughter where everyone looks and smiles at the camera.... don't worry. We get that one too. 

Haven't booked your session for fall yet? I have a few openings left. You can contact me HERE or by sending an inquiry to camille@camillemariephotography.com. 

Soda Stop- Meridian Idaho

Soda Stop - Meridian, Idaho

We LOVE exploring new places as a family. This place in Meridian, Idaho opened up a while ago and we couldn't wait to go!

Soda Stop - located off Overland Rd. in Meridian, Idaho is the perfect place to go if you love soda and cookies!

We chose some fun flavors- but all three of my kids had the "fluffinator" - which includes Root Beer, Marshmallow, and Cream.

They were BIG fans! 

And the cookies didn't disappoint either! Perfect sugar cookies with pink frosting was what we all went with. My personal favorite!

Once we got there, we also realized they had a huge menu full of delicious looking salads, sandwiches and soups. I wished we hadn't eaten before coming- and next time I plan to try a few of those as well!  

We were having so much fun, I made this little video of our morning there!

Also, for those of you who are close but short on time, they also have a drive through!

I think this would be a great location for a documentary family session" - take your family out for a lunch date and have photos taken to celebrate the memory! I love capturing simple everyday moments and helping you preserve those memories.

Abena - a miraculous life

Meet Abena. She lives in a tiny village in Ghana and is one of the most pure, BRIGHT souls I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. She shines with joy, love, and beauty.

Abena was born with cerebral palsy, most likely after a difficult delivery, and it's fairly common in Ghana to see children with similar difficulties. She cannot walk, and for most of her life has dragged herself around on the dirt. She cannot hear, or speak. She lives with her grandfather.

She has a wheelchair that Ghana Make A Difference has brought over for her, but where she lives it is so rocky and uneven that I didn't see her in it much.

Abena has an American sponsor now, which pays for her to have sewing lessons from a local village woman. The goal is that Abena will be able to support herself someday through sewing. She was SO proud of her little outfits she's starting to create!

When Abena would see us coming, she would get SO excited! Some of these photos almost look like she is crying, but she's not! She's just so excited! She wants to hold your hand, and hug you, and pass along her love.

She is one of the many people who touched my life in Ghana. Who changed me. Who made me realize that I can make a difference in the world, one person at a time. 

"Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within." -Franz Kafka

I hadn't realized just how much this trip took out of me emotionally, until I arrived home. Physically and emotionally exhausted, I felt like I was in a fog for the first two week back in Idaho. I finally worked out my emotions, and I realized that I was struggling with a little bit of survivors guilt. I was happy to be home with my kids and my husband, but I really wanted to bring all of the people I had met, back here where it was safe, and clean, and so wonderful.

To find out more about how to help families in Ghana, go to their website www.ghanamakeadifference.org

If you would like to find out how to donate part of your portrait session fees to Ghana Make A Difference, contact me for more information.  camille@camillemariephotography or 480-340-4530.