Over the past few month I’ve shared why you need to be in your family photographs and the importance of displaying those photographs in your home. So let’s say you’re on board. You get it. You really need to make an effort to be in your photographs and get them hung on your walls.
You know you’ll cherish those photographs years from now and you know you’ll be glad you did it. But that doesn’t change that nagging thought in the back of your head…. what if I just don’t look great in our photographs?
Looking great in your family photographs takes a bit of work – some on your part as you get ready for the session and some on my part during your session. But let me reassure you, we can work together to make sure you love the way you look and feel in your family photographs.
A huge factor in loving the way you look and feel in your photographs is choosing your outfits. You want to choose an outfit that flatters your body type (obviously) but also one that you can comfortably move around in.
During your session you’re going to be cuddling your littles, swinging them around and sitting, standing and walking in a variety of positions. The clothing you choose needs to fit well without needing constant readjusting. If you’ve purchased a new outfit, wear it around your house for at least an hour in the week before your session to make sure it fits well, doesn’t wrinkle excessively and that you still love it when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror as you walk by.
Another big factor in loving the way you look and feel in your photographs is having your hair & make-up professionally done on the day of your session. Professional make-up artists are excellent at their work and know what looks good on camera.
And, surprisingly, having your hair & make-up done by a professional is as much about the work they do as it is about the hour of downtime you get to relax before your session. Let dad watch the kids and you enjoy the pampering. You’ll be in a great frame of mind as you walk into your session. Far better than being sweaty and bedraggled because you’ve raced around getting everyone else ready while forgetting to leave time for yourself.
Finally, trust your photographer. I know what looks great and I promise I won’t capture you mid-blink or awkwardly posed. I’ve got your back, mama.
You’ll get just a little extra attention from me as I gently direct you this way or ask you to turn just a touch to the side. An experienced photographer can have you lovingly and authentically interacting with your family while still looking out for you and making sure you look amazing.
Looking for more tips on how you can look great in your family photographs? Download Jenn’s guide on how to look great in your family photographs including a timeline of exactly what you need to do (and when) in the weeks leading up to your session.