Ok ok… hear me out. I totallyyy understand how hard it is to plan a family session let alone an EXTENDED family session with allll the people. But here me out – in the end it is ALWAYS worth it!! There will inevitably be hiccups but if you can roll with the punches I guarantee there will be laughs and memories made 😉 That is why I’m sharing photos from my most recent extended family session with the top 5 tips for planning your own!!!
Tip 1: Plan early
Yes this is going to be hard for all my procrastinating friends (speaking to myself on this one a little haha) But if you plan early it’ll help ease some of the stress in the long run. When you initially book with me we already figure out the best date/time/location. I’ll send you a scheduler with all my current availability to make coordinating schedules with the whole family simple and easy with as little back and forth as possible.
Tip 2: Plan the girls outfits first
Ladies we are the ones who are mostly looking forward to the photos most. So be sure to pick something you feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable in. We don’t want you smiling in your photos while also gritting your teeth cause your outfit is itching you or your shoes are killing your toes LOL!! Also – when picking colors try to stick with a theme. Incorporate some solids, patterns, and textured pieces. As always, I’m also there every step of the way to review any ideas you might have 😉
Tips 3: Arrive on time
I always suggest for families to arrive a little early because if you’re anything like me and my family, we’re usually rushing out the door turning into the parking lot on two wheels. Then you’re flustered and panicking the whole time. Arrive early to avoid all these setbacks on the day of the session.
Tip 4: Hype up the kids
Whenever I do extended family sessions I generally like to work from big groups to small. This makes sure we get all the “important” photos out of the way before the kids get too tired from pictures. On the ride there you could hype it up for them and let them know we’ll be playing a few fun games to lighten the mood. And also – let it be known that I am not above bribery! If you want to promise them a fun “treat” for afterwards… go for it! 😉
Tip 5: Relax and have fun!!
Session day is here and there is literally nothing more you need to do than go with the flow and let me take the reigns. I promise to make it as enjoyable as possible for all (husbands and kids as well!)
I recently delivered an extended family session gallery for a family I’ve been photographing for a few years now. Love working with them and it’s always such a joy to see how much the kids have grown. These sessions are always one of my favorites because it’s not always often the whole family is together. These pictures are some of the most treasured that you’ll ever have taken. Don’t let the fear of planning or stress prevent you from reaching out and scheduling yours today! I promise to help be there every step of the way to make the whole process as easy as possible!!