Okay who else read this title and laughed their head off?? Because let’s just be real here people….it’s never going to be “perfect.” When we let go of the idea that our photos have to be Pinterest worthy “PERFECT” that’s when they are the most beautiful.
Now I’m not saying just show up day of photos without a plan or any preparation, you just need to relax a little and know a few things BEFORE you even take your photos.
So I teamed up with my favorite photographer Jessica E. Photography to bring you guys some tips and tricks to make sure you love your photos every time you look at them! These are my 15 tips to getting the “Perfect” family photos!
First off let’s talk HAIR & MAKEUP!
- Hire a professional! And no I’m not saying that because I am a professional 😉 Your job is to get everyone else ready BEFORE yourself. So that means you usually have 5 minutes to get ready or you’re getting ready in the car. It’s just all very stressful. So instead of being super stressed out sit back and relax and let me get you ready!
- Get ready before everyone else! Like I mentioned above after you get everyone else ready you’re usually left with little to no time to get ready. SO I suggest getting ready before everyone else. That way all you need to do is touch everything up instead of get ready completely!
- Go *more* dramatic with your makeup! If you’re doing your own makeup you’re going to want to go more dramatic than normal. You don’t need to go for a black smokey eye if you normally wear no eye makeup, but you’ll want to apply everything a little bit darker and heavier than every day wear. This will help your makeup show up in photos and look normal!
- Stay in your comfort zone! Right before pictures is not the time to try something crazy and different! NEVER make a drastic change with your hair color or anything more permanent like spray tans, lash extensions, etc. Chances are you won’t feel like you in the photos and you won’t like them as much. If you’re wanting a change do it a few weeks before so you have time to get used to it or decide if you like it!
- Have inspiration photos! If you’re getting your hair and makeup done professionally be sure to have inspiration pictures for your stylist. A Smokey eye can mean very different things to everyone. So it’s best to have a visual of what you want done to assure it turns out exactly how you want.
- Do a trial run for bold looks! If you are wanting to try a new Hair style or Makeup look be sure to do a trial run first! If you know how your hair and makeup are going to turn out, and find a style you feel confident with, you’ll love your pictures that much more.
- Ask about a touch up kit! Be sure to ask your stylist BEFORE your appointment if you can get a touchup kit. It will have the products she used in it so you can touchup your look if needed!
Now let’s talk photos!
8. Book early! If you know you’ll need your photos by a certain deadline (like for Christmas cards) be sure to book early! Photographers book out far in advance so if you have a certain photographer you want to take your photos be sure to get on their books as soon as possible!
9. Book before it’s too cold OR too hot! If you’re taking photos in the winter and live in a cold place like Utah, you’ll definitely want to book before it gets too chilly. Taking pictures out in the cold isn’t fun for ANYONE! Especially your toddler who has no idea why your making him sit in the cold while you make faces behind someone with a camera (hence Reed’s reaction in most these photos hahaha) the same goes for taking pictures when it’s hot outside! You’ll be sweaty, your makeup will be melting, and it won’t be a fun experience! You can also book a studio session so you don’t have to worry about the weather at all!
10. Book after nap time! Try to book a time that is after your kids naps. No kid is going to want to be good for photos if they are grumpy and tired.
11. Eat right before! EVERYONE should eat before pictures! You’re not going to get many smiles if everyone is hangry haha
12. Bring warm stuff if it’s cold! If it is going to be cold during your photos be sure to bring blankets, jackets, hand warmers, hot drinks, etc. to use in between photos!
13. Let go of expectations! If you’re expecting everything to go Pinterest perfect you’re going to be disappointed. If you go in ready to just have fun and create some real memories…you’ll treasure the photos forever!
14. Know that your photographer isn’t a magician! It sounds silly, but you’d be surprised at all the crazy requests photographers get! One thing your photographer can’t control is how your kids behave. I’ve known a lot of people that say they hated their photos and would be upset with their photographer because their kids cried the whole time and they didn’t get a single good photo. As hard as it is to have crying kids during photos it’s not your photographers fault. If your kids aren’t cooperating ask your photographer to re-schedule or embrace the reality of parenthood! These photos of Reed are hilarious and so real. What a great memory to have!
15. Have fun: You want your photos to represent your family RIGHT NOW. If that means running around screaming and laughing then so be it! When everyone is having fun the pictures turn out so much more amazing and memorable. Get your “everyone sitting, smiling, and being good” shot right at the beginning and then just let the rest happen!
After our session with Jessica we all thought we would need to re-do them because Reed had been so upset (and that’s normally not like him) but after she sent them to me I thought they were perfect. It really captures what it is like being parents to a toddler! My biggest piece of advice is to get photos taken at least once a year no matter what. Even if you think your kids will be horrible do it anyway! Trust me you will love to have the memories to look back on. Especially when you have a photographer like Jessica. She is able to capture so many emotions and memories in photos and they are absolute treasures to me.
I hope everyone enjoys the New Year and captures many memories!
*you can book a photo session and check out more of Jessica’s work HERE.