Finding a family photographer you connect with can be hard. You worry about how your kids will act, what to wear, where a good location is...it's a lot! Here is more about what to expect when you hire Michelle Deppe Photography and some tips for family photos.
Booking a Photo Session With Michelle Deppe Photography
When you decide you would like to schedule a session you can book online directly to my calendar or send me an email to contact me with questions. I'm happy to give you a free phone consultation about the session and give tips about the session and locations I usually go to for outdoor sessions. It's a way to better get to know each other and hear your plans for the session and I can give advice.
Outdoor Family Sessions
Usually a family session takes at least an hour to do. I've done 30 minute family sessions and you just don't get as many shots and variety and different backgrounds. For the usual family session you will
- walk together towards me and away from me
- stand all together
- sit all together and be snuggly
- have siblings together
- have a headshot of each of the kids and parents
- have the parents together
- other combinations like girls together, boys together, mom and kids, dad and kids.
- for older families the time goes by more quickly and we can have each of the kids with one parent or two parents
What if my kids don't behave?
Every parents worries about this. I know I did when I had little ones. Your kids will be fine just as they are. I'll play games and we can have breaks for the toddlers. I offer a small prize at the end of the session and the kids seem to like having a stick or small toy at the end. I have a blog post on tips to get your kids excited for family photos. The main thing is to let me lead the session. I'm not going to force anyone to do anything they don't want to do. Most 2 year-olds like to run around and I get fun shots of this every time. I've used bubbles and balls and a blanket parachute to keep it fun. I want to have genuine emotions at the session. When a child is upset I like to take photos of you snuggling together. During the time we're together I will capture the story of who you are. I want to show the love you have for your family. I'm also making an introduction video for kids to know who I am before the shoot. Click HERE for more specific ideas to get your kids onboard for family photos.
What if dad doesn't want family photos?
I promise to keep it simple and low key. I value your time and know scheduling time for your photos is really hard. I know my husband always complains about doing family photos, but he is always happy with the photos and glad we took them. I would tell him how much this mean to you and it will mean a lot to the kids to have the memory with all of you together. How does he want to be remembered by his kids? Here are more ideas.
Think of the Colors of your home
Some people want to match the color scheme they have in their home. Some have more white and grey colors and neutral tones will look good in a photograph. I have another blog post showing color options and ideas and do's and don'ts in there. Click the link for more info. (What to wear for a photo session.) Choose complementary colors and lay out the clothes together.
Wear what feels comfortable
So a big tip is to wear what you feel comfortable wearing, something that fits well (not too baggy and not too tight). Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk well in. I would also say to wear something you want to see yourself wearing on your walls as a big print. Leave your high hill shoes at home for an outdoor shoot with grass or gravel, unless you want to aerate the grass.
In-home newborn Sessions
For a newborn session I like to come to your home where the baby and you feel the most comfortable. I know I didn't feel like going anywhere right after I had a baby. You can schedule your newborn session 1-3 weeks after the baby is born or you can wait. Really, anytime is a fun time for a family session with your baby.
Where to have family newborn photos indoors
on your bed sitting and lying down
baby alone in the crib
standing by the window where there is better light.
You don't have to clean anything and I can help move anything that might be distracting in the photo. With a lifestyle newborn session I like to include the whole family and have natural shots. I don't put the baby into a taco or frog position or anything unnatural for the baby. Your baby's safety is my main concern. We'll take shots of the whole family, siblings, mom and dad, and with a newborn, shots of the baby alone. It's baby led so if the baby is awake it's ok and we can still have photos of you cuddling the baby and have close up shots of tiny fingers, toes, and her head. I recommend to have the room about 75 degrees so the baby stays warm.
After the Session
Give me 2 weeks to edit the photos and upload them to an online gallery for you to download, share, and buy prints. We can schedule a zoom meeting to talk about print options and how you want to use the photos. Professional heirloom prints start at $8 for a 5x7, $12 for a 8x10, and larger sizes and options are available. My print lab guarantees their work so if it doesn't print right they will fix it. I have not had any issues in the past. I've personally ordered graduation cards, Christmas cards, 11x14, 8x10 prints, 11x14 gallery wraps, 20x30 prints and everything has looked great and the paper and print quality make a difference.
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