Ahh…family photos. They capture the best and the worst of us: the best including the love a family has for one another & the worst including bad hair (need I remind you of the 80’s hairdos?) and out of fashion clothes (seriously, who thought acid-wash jeans were a good idea?!). Getting your family together in one location, dressed and with good attitudes is a challenging feat…especially when little ones are involved.
But at the end of the day, those pictures are worth all the stress of the day. Capturing your family at that time, in that place is a memory that you’ll never forget (plus, you can spend hours laughing at Mom’s bouffant hair!).
Pick your favorite location or where you’re most comfortable – home, at the park, Grandma’s backyard, wherever. Make sure the little ones have had their naps and have their bellies full. Dress everyone in comfortable clothes so there’s no pulling or tugging at clothes in the pictures. And make sure there is a lot of laughter during the pictures. Some of the best pictures are taken when you aren’t looking.
The key to great family pictures is to be relaxed. Those photos will last years and will be shared with your family and friends. You can pass down the pictures from generation to generation. I personally love seeing pictures of my grandmother when she was young – do you think your grandkids or great-grandkids will want to see your pictures one day?
I know there’s a great deal of stress involved with family pictures but at the end of the day, they are worth all the hassle. These pictures capture the essence of your family at that particular moment in your lives. Take the time out of your hectic schedule for a few hours one day and capture images that will last a lifetime. Make it a yearly tradition.
This post was contributed by Jaime Murray