It’s the beginning of October and from now until the end of the year, your weekends are likely filled to the brim with birthday parties and sports activities, pumpkin patches, baking projects and holiday shopping.
But before your calendar is totally booked, remember to pencil in time for family photos! WHY?
As your kids settle into a new school year and you begin to think about your goals and hopes for the coming year, marking the passage of time is never more meaningful or important. New parents are fantastic at this; children grow so fast when they’re little. But as everyone grows older and more scheduled, we become satisfied with school portraits and the intermittent cell phone snapshot.
And let’s be honest, does anyone really remember to have family photos taken EVERY year? Maybe it’s been a while. (I’ll admit, I totally dropped the ball last year!) Maybe you’ve had a change in your family dynamic. Maybe you’ve been waiting to lose the baby weight. Whatever the reason, you may not know where or how to begin.
Here are a few tips:
Start your search on social media. Social media is by far the best tool to find your new family photographer. Search Pinterest for family portrait styles that you like. Are you attracted to posed portraits or candid shots? Light and airy editing or golden and saturated? Then make an ask on your favorite Facebook parenting page for recommendations or search a #yourtownfamilyphotographer hashtag on Instagram to find local photographers that match a style you’re looking for. Chances are you’ll have a solid list to choose from after your search.
Book a Mini Session. Many family photographers offer seasonal mini sessions. These are short, 15- to 30-minute photo sessions for a package price that might include several digital images and a bonus goodie (print discount, small gift, etc.). Photographers typically have a pre-determined location and maybe some props. All you have to do is show up! If you have young kids with short attention spans or teens who can’t be asked to sit with you for long, a mini session is a great way to capture your family photos and still have the rest of your day to relax.
Think Ahead. That eight-week stretch between October and December fills up FAST. Booking a photographer early ensures that this important task gets done. Pick a timeframe during a quiet(er) weekend that your family can sport nice clothing and sit together. Consider the times of day when your family is at your most peaceful. You might be at your best in the mornings after breakfast, or after you’ve had naps and exercise in the late afternoon. These are perfect times to schedule your photo session.
Communicate with your photographer. If you have must-have ideas, are struggling with what to wear or want to bring your pet, talk it over with your photographer! We truly want to serve you and make you happy.
So do yourself a favor and get ahead of the ball. Make the time to step around from behind the camera (I see you, busy Moms!) and allow yourself a place in your family photos too. These treasures make wonderful gifts and last for generations.