|Last year’s family photo|
Earlier this month, we met with our photographer to get some great pictures of C for holiday cards and photo gifts. I knew it was going to be a challenge to get my active little toddler to cooperate. He’s always on the move and rarely poses for photos these days. Knowing this we accepted that most of our pictures would probably need to be “action” shots – where he would hopefully glimpse at the camera. The nice posed picture (that we were able to get last year) would probably not happen.
After a hectic hour and a half, it was quite the photo shoot and I’ll share some of what I learned with you:
|Washington Square Park, Philadelphia|
1. Choose the Location Wisely: You know your child best. If your child is calm and will sit for a posed shot, definitely consider a studio or an outdoor area with great places to take posed shots. We chose Washington Square Park in Philadelphia, knowing the backdrop for every picture would be great. We knew our little one would be on the move at all times, and this park had the type of scenery we wanted.
2. Bring Snacks/Water: My little one needed that 5 minute break to jusd I not sit on a bench eating a granola bar. Had I not had anything – that session would have been OVER!
3. Choose the Right Photographer: Our photographer was amazing – she had so much patience and was running all over the place after our son – sometimes having to lay on the ground in the middle of the park. Had we chosen a photographer who expected to be able pose us 15 different ways and call it a day, it wouldn’t have been good. Know what style of photography they specialize in and how that will work with your kids.
4. Share your Ideas and Have Inspiration: You aren’t going to get the shot you want if you don’t share with your photographer. I wasn’t afraid to tell my photographer that I’d love to have a picture of my son throwing a penny in the fountain. Check out great sites like, Shutterfly’s Family Photo Days for inspiration (see below for more on that!)
5. Above all, Enjoy! Not every year is going to produce that a-maz-ing, classic family photo. Know that when you look back years from now, all the photos will be precious to you. We take photos every year and I love that it chronicles my son’s childhood. This year’s photos definitely will never let me forget how active C was at this age.
You can learn a lot more about Family Photos from Shutterfly. Their Family Photo Days page was super helpful to me and you’ll be sure to glean some great ideas and inspiration from it. Their goal is to help all photos love their family photos and create and design Christmas Cards that they can be super happy with!
Once you have photos that you want to share with everyone this holiday season, be sure to head on over to Shutterfly to check out their holiday card collection.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written from my own thoughts and ideas with the sponsorship from Shutterfly.com through Global Influence. I will receive holiday cards for my participation.