Schedule the family photo shoot at the right time of the day. You have to be strategic when you are taking things like this into account or you will never pull this off successfully. Family photo shoots may look relaxed or easy on the eyes but there are so many elements that you will have to take care of if you would like to get this done in the first place. The schedule should be strategic and practical.
Pick a day wherein you and the rest of your family would have gone in well rested and relaxed.
Obviously, it would be wrong for you to pick out a school night because it means that the kids would have been home from a hectic and tiring day at school. They wouldn’t be in the mood and you will have a harder time than usual in convincing them to be all smiles for the photographer who will be taking the family portraits. Go for a weekend or a holiday so that you and the rest of the family can come in refreshed and energized for the photo shoot that is ahead of you. A family photo shoot normally takes a couple of hours or more. This can be taxing on both children and adults alike so be mindful of the kind of schedule that you are booking out in the first place. Lighting is also crucial so you should make it a point to book somewhere in the middle of the day where the lighting would be perfect whether you are shooting the session indoors or outdoors.
Decide on the clothing choices for the family portraits early on as much as possible. You don’t want to end up running around during the day of the photo shoot because you have not planned things out early on. Coordinated clothing articles will be really important and something that you should focus on and start paying attention to when it all comes down to it. Coordinating clothes doesn’t mean that you would have to dress identically. It wouldn’t look good on a family and it would not be all that appropriate either. You will have better results if you coordinate based on color or if you will be able to coordinate based on the kind of theme that you would like to inject in the family photo shoot at some point or so. Take the day off to go through everyone’s closets so that you have time to think and really decide on the clothing options.
Don’t force it.
Keep everyone happy in the best way that you can. It shouldn’t just be all about pleasing the photographer who will be taking your family portraits. You also have to think about the rest of the family who will be posing in those said portraits in the first place. Don’t be strict and don’t be stern with the kids even if they are being a bit rowdy and playful. Go with the flow and work with what you can.