WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
Documentary Wedding Photography
HOW TO PREP FOR A FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT
“It’s the most magical time of the year" and for me, this saying sings so true. I’m a bit of a sucker for sending out my Christmas cards as early as is socially accepted (or maybe even before this point) see here, I really do channel my inner Pam on this one, sorry!
With this in mind, late November/early December really are brilliant times to start thinking about getting the family together for a wonderful “Christmas Mini Shoot” and potentially using your lovely images for your Christmas cards too! With such an extremely busy lead up to Christmas, with many thoughts floating through the heads of all (probably rather tired) parents, I wanted to make a quick and easy tip list for how you and your family can prep for your shoot with me and to make it as fun and as enjoyable as putting up the tree, icing the gingerbread house or any other joyous family traditions that you love sharing together…
So, here are my 5 tips on how to prep for your family photoshoot with Megan McAdam Photography…
Groom – Have a think about anything you feel you may want to get done or that you’d touch up before seeing the family over Christmas (getting a haircut, removing any chipped nail polish, etc.). These simple touches will make your photographs look super smart and you’ll feel really confident too – which is so important!
Outfits – You don’t want to wait until the last day for this one, trust me! You want to wake up feeling relaxed and prepared, so plan these details out early. Feel free to ask me my opinion or send photos of your wardrobe if you’re having a hard time choosing! You don’t have to be in all matching, but we can discuss complementary colours if you so wish, I’m honestly happy to help. It’s also always great to have two weather dependent options and for the kids too!
Discussion - Make sure you’ve communicated with your family about what’s going to happen, but keep it light, “We are going to the woods for a walk, and they’re will be a Christmas set up there, so we can have a play too”… for example, casual, fun and relaxed subjects make for the best photographs after all!
Inspiration – Think of any props, family keepsakes or traditions (you can check Pinterest for this) that you’d love to have within your photos. I always bring lots of props so if there aren’t any, that’s okay too! One year, a family I worked with, brought their fun Christmas dress-up hats and, although they weren’t featured in all of the images, it was great fun, and I was able to capture some real belly laughing moments, a real win-win! Have a brainstorm and feel free to run it past me or ask for advice, if needed.
Self-Care – And of course (along with no 1.) try to make sure everyone gets a great night’s sleep and eats a good meal beforehand; you all want to be feeling your best and the confidence will shine through in your images!
I absolutely love capturing beautiful families at this time of the year! I’m already looking forward to next years (yes, I know, I’m keen!). If you’re interested in booking please look here, and we can have a chat about your very own Christmas Mini Shoot.