Preparing for Your Extended Family Photos

Isn’t it fascinating how life rushes by, sweeping us along its currents, as our little ones grow at the speed of light? Every giggle, every milestone, and every shared moment is a precious thread woven into the fabric of our lives. It’s these threads that create the tapestry of our family stories – stories that deserve to be celebrated, cherished, and captured in all their authenticity. As a mother myself, I understand the importance of creating lasting memories that tug at your heartstrings. So, let’s embark on a journey to prepare for those extended family photos that will hold a special place in your heart for generations to come.

Embrace the True Essence of Your Family

Every family has its own unique dynamics, inside jokes, and unspoken bonds. These are the things that make your family yours – and they’re exactly what we want to capture. Take a moment to reflect on what makes your family special. Is it the way your little one’s eyes light up when they’re with their grandparents? Or the shared laughter during Sunday brunches? Embrace these quirks and nuances; they are the soul of your family and the heart of your photos.

Plan, But Leave Room for Spontaneity

While planning is crucial, leave room for those unexpected, candid moments. Children have an uncanny ability to surprise us with their genuine reactions. Whether it’s a mischievous grin or a spontaneous hug, these unscripted instances often become the most cherished memories. So, while we’ll have a general plan, let’s also allow for the magic of spontaneity to unfold naturally.

Coordinate, Don’t Match

Gone are the days of everyone wearing the same white shirts and jeans for a family portrait. Instead, aim for a coordinated look that reflects your family’s personality. Choose a color palette that complements each other and the setting – soft pastels for a beach shoot, earthy tones for a park, or vibrant hues for an urban setting. Let each family member’s individual style shine through while maintaining a cohesive overall look.

Location, Location, Heartfelt Connection

Selecting the perfect location for your extended family photos is like choosing the canvas for a beautiful painting. Think about places that hold special meaning for your family. It could be the park where you had your first picnic, the beach where you spend lazy summer days, or even the cozy corner of your home. The familiarity of the location will add depth and authenticity to your photos, making them all the more meaningful.

Let Your Family’s Story Unfold

During the shoot, don’t worry about perfection. Instead, focus on creating moments that reflect your family’s story. I will direct you along the way given you small and engaging prompts like “hey whipser a cute story”, or “give mum a kiss”. These prompts will evoke genuine emotions, resulting in photographs that are a true reflection of your family’s spirit.

Timeliness is Key for your Extended Family Photos

We all know how unpredictable little ones can be when it comes to mood and energy levels. That’s why scheduling your shoot during a time when they’re well-rested and fed is crucial. Early morning or late afternoon light not only adds a warm, soft glow to your photos but also tends to be a more peaceful time for children.

Pack Your Patience and a Bit of Magic

Children have a way of charming us with their innocence and curiosity. However, they can also have moments of shyness or defiance. Bring along their favorite toys, snacks, or a small game that can serve as a distraction if needed. Sometimes, a sprinkle of magic – be it a story or a playful gesture – can turn hesitant smiles into contagious laughter.

Remember, It’s About Connection, Not Perfection

As mothers, we often hold ourselves to impossibly high standards. But extended family photos are not about perfect poses or flawless smiles. They’re about capturing the love, the laughter, the tears, and the stories that define your family. Embrace the imperfections, the goofy faces, and the moments that might not seem picture-perfect. These are the ones that will make your heart swell with warmth and joy when you look back on them years from now.

Preserve Your Extended Family Photo Treasures

Once your extended family photos are ready, don’t let them languish in the digital realm. Print them, frame them, create albums that your children can flip through, and your grandchildren can someday admire. Tangible photographs have a unique way of touching our souls – they’re a testament to the life you’ve built, the love you’ve nurtured, and the memories you’ve shared.

Check out all the variety and personaltity we were able to capture in this 1.5 hour session with the Nield Family!

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Hey! I'm Courtney Blury of Blury Photography. If you're a big-hearted mama, looking to document the good moments then I am your girl x


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