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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.