Extended family photo sessions are a wonderful way to capture memories with all of your loved ones in one place. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just for fun, these sessions are a great opportunity to get everyone together and create lasting memories. But with so many people involved, planning and preparing for an extended family photo session can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why I’ve put together this guide with tips on how to prepare for your Brisbane extended family photography session to make it a smooth and memorable (in a good way haha) experience.
Choosing Outfits for your Extended Family Photography
One of the most important aspects of preparing for an extended family photo session is coordinating outfits. While it’s important for everyone to look their best, you don’t want everyone to look too matchy-matchy or clash with each other. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing outfits for your extended family photo session:
- Stick to a color scheme: One way to coordinate outfits is by sticking to a color scheme. For example, you can have everyone dressing in neutral colours, or add a pop of olive green or rust. This will help create a cohesive look without being too uniform.
- Avoid patterns: It’s best to avoid busy patterns, as they can be distracting in photos. If you must wear a pattern, choose one family member to wear the pattern while the rest of the family wears solid colors.
- Dress for the location: Consider the location of your photo session when choosing outfits. If you’re taking photos in a park, you might want to wear comfortable, casual clothing. If you’re on the beach, make sure you are wearing clothes which can get wet! You aren’t going to want to wear tuxedos or high heels on the beach, how uncomfortable!
- Accessorize: Adding accessories like scarves, jewelry, or hats can be a great way to add some visual interest to your photos and coordinate outfits.
Choosing a Location
The location of your extended family photo session is just as important as the outfits you wear. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing a location:
- Consider the weather: When choosing a location, keep the weather in mind. If it’s going to be cold, choose a location where you can take photos indoors or where everyone can bundle up. If it’s going to be hot, choose a location with shade or where everyone can stay cool.
- Think about the scenery: Choose a location with a beautiful backdrop, such as a beach, park, or garden. This will help make your photos more visually interesting. Of course, I have a whole list of beautiful outdoor locations which are tested and true, when you book with Blury Photography.
- Consider the distance: Make sure your location is easy for everyone to get to. You don’t want to choose a location that’s too far away or difficult for some family members to get to. Especially if older members of the family are joining, should they have mobility issues.
Communicating with Family Members
Communication is key when preparing for an extended family photo session. Here are some tips to make sure everyone is on the same page:
- Set a date and time: Set a date and time for the photo session that works for everyone. Make sure everyone knows the date and time and can commit to it.
- Share the details: Share the location, what to wear, and any other important details with everyone involved in the photo session. This will help everyone prepare and make sure everyone is on the same page. This is as simple as forwarding the booking confirmation email that I send to you – just make sure it is read haha.
- Assign a point of contact: Assign a point of contact, such as the family member who organized the photo session, to communicate with everyone and answer any questions.
- Discuss expectations: Talk to everyone about what to expect during the photo session. This will help everyone feel more comfortable and prepared on the day of the session.
What can you expect from your Brisbane Extended Family Photography, when booking Blury Photography?
As your photographer, I am here to guide you through these steps! Choosing your outfit and a location will be a lot easier with my guidance. Communicating with family members, I will leave that to you HA! But together, we will create dreamy photographs.
The photographs we create will showcase your family, the way they really are. We don’t just take photos of you staring at the camera (although a few of those traditional group shots will be included)! We want to create something which shows you interacting, and enjoying each other. There will be heaps of movement, and different combinations of family members, including some of the smaller family units. If you have particular shots you are hoping for such as a shot of all the boys together, or all the grandkids, or a photo of nana with each of her kids, it is best to communicate this in advance so that we can do our best to come through for you on those combinations. Other than that, we relax, have a good laugh, maybe eat some food, but mostly just create some special memories.
Check out some of the gorgeous photographs which were created for Tara’s family! I love how they show off their unique style and connection as a family x
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