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Picture Precious Moments with Best Family portraits in DC

With high-resolution cameras now built into our phones, it’s possible to capture a beautiful, stunning family portrait without bringing in a pro. But there are many advantages of hiring a professional, because if you are in DC then family portraits in DC have to be special. For starters, you’ll avoid the uncertainty of using a camera’s self-timer, and you won’t have to ask a friend to take the picture for you.
You’ll also receive lots of options, increasing your odds of capturing a moment that you’ll be proud to display, and to treasure for years to come. A professional family portrait photo shoot may stretch over an hour or two, often including multiple natural backdrops, poses, and candid scenarios.
Before booking a photographer, ask them what to expect. The detail of their recommendations may help you determine if they’re the best fit for your family.
Once you’ve settled on a date and time, here are some family portrait photography tips to help you prep for before the big day.

Treat a family portrait session like an event

You’re investing in photographs of your family, so it’s important not to show up without any forethought.

Book your session for a time when everyone can arrive relaxed and unhurried

Immediately after work, fresh from picking the kids up from school and before soccer practice is probably not the right time! Find a day when everyone is from work or school or an afternoon with no other appointments or conflicts.
If you have kids, get them excited about the family portrait shoot far in advance.
Plan a surprise or a special treat like ice cream or mini golf after the shoot, so that they look forward to the entire day. You don’t want your kids to think of the photo shoot as something scary, or worse, a chore.
Plan haircuts and other appointments (i.e. makeup, nails, if applicable) in advance so that your family can show up looking they’re very best. Don’t leave getting yourself ready for the last minute!

Plan your clothing for family portraits

Some families like to wear matching clothing for their shoots, whether that’s black suits or the classic jeans-and-a-white-shirt. It’s more common these days, however, to simply coordinate with a simple color scheme that doesn’t necessarily have to match or be identical.

Choose a base color like blue or red, and ask everyone to wear something with that color. Everything else they wear should be a muted neutral tone like black, white, or khaki.
Alternatively, go completely neutral to keep the focus on happy faces. An example is a mom with a black-and-white checkered shirt, a dad in a white shirt with black jacket, and kids in white shirts with khakis, or a white dress.
Want to look extra festive for the holidays? Have fun with traditional holiday colors like red and green, winter whites, or metallic. You can even add a dose of humor by dressing everyone in ugly Christmas sweaters!
Try on your clothing a week in advance, and take a photo together at home to make sure the outfits all look good together. Then you still have plenty of time to find something else if an element doesn’t work.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up! The unifying color element could be hot pink or neon green. It’s all about what best conveys the attitude of your unique family.

Prep the kids for Family portrait session

•If you’ve got little kids, your most important prep job is to anticipate the things most likely to trigger meltdowns: poor sleep, hungry tummies, and boredom.
•Feed children before the shoot! Hungry kids are squirmy, restless kids. When they’ve just eaten, they’re far more likely to relax and smile.
•Photographers hear, “They didn’t have their nap today,” far too often. If your children are used to naps, schedule their shoot at a time and day when they can arrive well rested.
•Don’t be afraid to bribe them. A few treats on hand can keep a photo session going from location to location, rather than ending after 15 minutes because they won’t sit still.
Seek out a photographer who takes photos in multiple scenarios at one shoot (you’ll also need a location with several options, like a horizon view, a wooded background, etc.). The time between photo spots is a chance for kids to run around and get their energy out, before focusing for another 10 minutes on the task at hand. If you try to take more than 15 minutes of pictures in one place, you will likely lose their attention.
Bring their favorite stuffed animal or toy to comfort them. And if a crying session breaks out, have everyone take a break, walk around and then try again without becoming stressed out about it.

Be ready to go with the flow

If you are stressed out and unhappy, it will show in your pictures. Don’t worry about the weather—the best lighting for portraits is often on the cloudiest, dreariest days. If rain or wind or bugs do force you to change your plans, take it in stride.

Capturing a beautiful, memorable family portrait starts with creating a beautiful and memorable moment! So prepare yourself and your family for a happy gathering, and the photographer’s job will simply be to capture the magic that’s already there.

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What to wear for your Family portraits

What should we wear for our family portraits? It’s the most common question we are asked.
Every photographer will tell you something different…solids are best…different shades of the same color is best…put the kids in darker colors…keep it simple…minimal jewelry…white/black shirts in jeans is perfect…
Here are the best advises as you set out on the quest for the perfect Family portrait:

Step 1:

Choose clothing for one person first
You don’t have to go out and buy all new outfits for your portrait. Most times, you can get a great look by building your clothing around one person’s outfit. It’s usually best to start with the person in the group who is hardest to pick an outfit for. Most of the time this is the mother or daughter, as boys are normally very easy to style. Look through your closet for a great piece you want them to wear for the portrait or consider buying an outfit for that person and going from there.
For example, you’ve found a fun sweater for your son with tan, light blue, and orange stripes. You know the rest of your family has clothing at home that would match the colors in the sweater. So, you decide he could wear the sweater with a light blue shirt, tan pants, and brown shoes.

Step 2:

Build the rest of the group’s outfits based on the first person
Now that you’ve got one person’s clothing done, you can build the rest of the group’s outfits. In your case, you also bought your husband a sweater vest in orange to go with your son’s sweater. Then, at home, you each had a blue shirt, brown/khaki pants for the guys and a brown skirt for you. Maybe you also had a jacket to go with the tan in the boy’s sweater, and you’re all set!
General rules to remember when choosing outfits:
Keep in mind where you are going to be shooting
Are you going to be indoors or outdoors? Is the area paved, muddy, rocky, or grassy? What kind of colors would look best in that setting? If you will be outside, it’s a good idea to wear clothes you would be comfortable sitting on the ground in. If you are shooting with a green background (trees/bushes), be sure not to wear all green!

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Stick to one style

Make sure everyone in the group is wearing one style of clothing such as classy (formal wear, suits, dresses, etc.), casual (jeans, tees, hoodies, converse), or contemporary (a mixture of classy and casual—like a dressy top with jeans and heels). You don’t want to look like half of the family is going to a wedding and the others are going to the park to play.

Avoid too many patterns or huge logos.

Patterns should compliment each other, not draw attention away from the main subject of the photo, togetherness!
Colors don’t have to match, but they do need to go together. Clothing from the same color palette or based on colors in one outfit tends to create a cohesive look without feeling too “matchy.” We love fun and vibrant colors; they help the portraits “pop” off the screen or print, but remember, the emphasis of the photos should be on your faces, not your clothing.
Bring accessories and props that pull together the outfit
Using props and accessories is a good way to get different looks out of a single outfit. Think about things that characterize you and your personality: scarves, purses, shoes, and items from your line of work, hobbies, and interests.

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Hands and Feet

Occasionally, we will take photos of details like hand-holding and family feet! Remember to clean and trim nails for these shots. For feet, if your toes will show…make sure your toenail polish is fresh.
Clients are always welcome to an over-the-phone consult about what to wear to the shoot. We’ve even helped finalized outfit choices in person. I just want you to feel good. During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably. As for the kids?
Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust us!
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