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Tips for Fun Family Photo Sessions | Oakland Photographer

Aug 15, 2023

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Tips for Fun Family Photography Sessions

One of the best things about being a family photographer is getting to know all the different families I work with. I love hearing about their interests, hobbies, and what they like to do for fun. And, of course, I love capturing those special moments that they’ll treasure for years to come.

But I know that not everyone loves having their photo taken. In fact, some people downright hate it! If you’re one of those people (or if you have young kids who are reluctant subjects), then you might be wondering how to make your family photography session more enjoyable. Here are a few tips:

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Plan activities that everyone can enjoy

Before the session, think of activities that everyone in the family can enjoy together. This could be anything from playing tag to flying kites to picnicking in the park. The key is to choose something that everyone will have fun with – this way, you can focus on enjoying yourselves and let me worry about capturing the moments.

Dress comfortably

Yes, you want to look nice for your photos, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear something uncomfortable. Choose clothes that you feel good in, and that won’t leave you feeling hot and sweaty by the end of the session. The goal is to look natural and relaxed, so don’t worry about being too dressed up.

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Choose a location that’s meaningful to your family

If there’s a place that’s special to your family, consider having your photos taken there. It could be somewhere you love to visit on vacations, a spot in your backyard where you always have picnics or even just a pretty park near your house. The important thing is that the location is significant to you and will help you look back on the photos with happy memories. And don’t forget, the most meaningful location may be your home.

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Let the kids be themselves

One of the best things about children is that they’re unapologetically themselves. They haven’t learned to put on a “public face” yet, so they’ll show their true personalities without even thinking about it. Try to let them be themselves during the photo session as much as possible. Encourage them to play games, tell jokes, and just enjoy themselves. The resulting photos will be much more authentic and personal than stiff, cheesy smiles.

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Be yourself!

One of the best ways to capture natural-looking photos is to simply be yourself. Don’t worry about trying to pose or look perfect – just let your personality shine through. The more relaxed and comfortable you are, the better the photos will turn out.

Family photography sessions are meant to capture special moments between loved ones that can be cherished for years to come. But if everyone’s stressed out and unhappy during the photo session, those memories won’t be so happy after all! By following these tips, you can make sure your next family photography session is more enjoyable for everyone involved – resulting in beautiful photos that truly capture your family’s personality and love for each other.

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Leigh Ann –Β Your Oakland, CA, Family and Newborn Photographer, serving perfectly imperfect families. And remember, I serve families throughout the Bay Area.

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