What makes a good family photo?
I’m pretty sure I’ve used that word a few other times on this blog and actually, I’m not even sure it IS a word. (But the little red spell-checker line isn’t popping up as I write this so I guess I’m in the clear!) For me, a family photo captures individuals who are grouped in ANY arrangement that communicates a connection. This can be totally formal where everyone is dressed the same, sitting closely, maybe holding hands, while looking at the camera with their best posture and school-picture smile. OR it can be entirely casual, nearly private, where the viewer is a fly-on the wall gazing at a scene that usually goes by too fast to notice it. Certainly both scenarios have a time and place and I think there’s value in both. So I try to do a little of both during our session… except maybe the “dressed-the-same” part (though if that’s what you arrive, I won’t make you go home and change. haha!) Ideally, I want to capture your family in a way that your extended family can appreciate. So they’ll recognize you and your kids and remark at how they’ve grown and changed… but hopefully they’ll also see a few photos that turn the light onto your true family chemistry. The more you bring it during our session, by volunteering affection and interaction that mirrors your personal life, the more I’ve got to work with. Show me who are you are together and I’ll do my best to capture it!