If you are like me, when you are looking for tips for making great family portraits you find visuals extremely helpful. Matter of fact, the more the better I say, SO -- meet the Shribers!
This is what can happen AFTER your crew of four young sons has jumped off rocks, played swords with tree branches and almost fallen in the water 12 times... family portraits magic! There is no faking a great time with a family of six... you are ACTUALLY creating an awesome family portrait experience or you are NOT getting the shots. I know that this likely seems obvious but in point of fact, we are always really thoughtful about how and why we put our family sessions together. One size does not fit all and customizing the experience is key. I met with Mom Katelyn in advance of her session and determined very quickly that an interactive, outdoor shoot was our best option. It's really important to me that parents get to have as much fun as the kiddos. A lot of Mom's tell me that they are always behind the camera, never in the pictures and the last time they were photographed with their spouse professionally was the day they said "I do." What??? Well that will not work at all. Our babes need to see their parents being cute together - photographic evidence that Mom & Dad still like each other! (hah!)
Okay... so now I'm on a roll and I might as well mention that identifying your family dynamic, the stage, the personality and the style of who you are as a group is a great first step in planning your fabulous family experience. (If you are shooting at Studio B... we do this for you. If you are reading this from some faraway/not Seattle place, just pick an experienced portrait photographer and they will help you too) We want to know your concerns... you likely will be thrilled to hear what great posing and pretty lighting can do ;-) Family members that don't like each other, baby weight that you have been carrying for 12 years, need I go on? Trust me, we have heard quite a variety and since this is what we do -- just know you are in good hands!