You have booked an outdoor family photo session (or are contemplating booking one) and you now are full of questions: how do we actually prepare for having our photos taken outside? Don't worry, it doesn't take long and it's not too complicated and the best bit? I'm here to help you!
I have put together a list of my top tips on how to best prepare for your outdoor family photo session.
Pick the time most suitable for your family
Timing of the session is key. If your baby is very small it's best to arrange the photo session for earlier in the day when they are most rested. Older babies and toddlers are at their best after their morning or afternoon naps, so I will always recommend meeting up for a session after either of these naps.
Choose a location close to your heart
There is nothing wrong with choosing a random outdoor location but at the same time, there is something even more special when you choose a location that is dear to you and your family. This particular family suggested meeting up in Victoria Park in East London as it's not only their local park, but also a place where they've been bringing their two kids to so many times (especially during the lockdowns) and it holds so many dear memories to them.
Choose complimentary outfits
When I say complimentary, I don't mean matchy-matchy! Think 2-3 colours and get everyone's clothes to be in various shades of these main colours. If in doubt, neutrals, light colours and pastels always work great (especially against the luscious greens). Check out my Pinterest board with outfit ideas for spring and summer photo sessions I created, and a blog post about what to wear to your photo session if you are still unsure. But don't worry too much about it as I always try to help my clients out in our pre-session consultation.
Plan activities for the family photo session
Kids are not going to just pose for photos - that's too boring for them! Plus I wouldn't want them to be unnatural. I love photographing kids as they are and fully enjoying themselves. If your son loves kicking a football - bring a ball to your session. If your daughter is mad for blowing bubbles - bring some, too! And if we're in or nearby a playground, well that's just fun waiting to happen...
Pack drinks and snacks
Hungry or thirsty kids are unhappy kids - and we don't want that, do we? A little snack and drink break also gives them a minute to catch a breath and enjoy cuddles with their mum and dad. After a little fuel they are ready to explore and run around again!
Plan a treat or reward after the session
Yes, I do mean bribery... but it doesn't have to be anything big or pricey. An ice cream on a way home, an extra cartoon when you're back at home or a book in the evening. A prospect of something exciting waiting for kids after you're done with your photo session is sometimes enough to keep the little people willing to cooperate during our time together.