10.19.2011

Family Photos (and some tips)~

So this weekend we had some family photos done.  Reason 1 is that Christmas Card season is soon upon us, and Reason 2 - as I mentioned in my Living Room Progress post -  is that I want to do a gallery wall, and I wanted an updated photo of the family to use in it.  And to be honest, I've also been wanting to do family portraits in an orchard for.ev.ah.  Well, when we moved a couple of months ago, we landed in an area of Utah chock full of orchards.  Can I hear a "woot woot"!? 

We traded photographic services (the Hubby, if you'll recall is a photographer) with our neice who is also a very talented photographer.  And she did a fabulous job!

Here are just a few of my faves....






And since we've been in the photo business for a while, I thought I'd offer a few tips to make your family  photos fabulous (aside from hiring a good photographer)...

  • Wear solid colors...although there is a trend right now toward families wearing patterns, solid colors always look classic and draw attention to your faces which is, after all, what you're trying to capture.
  • Try to avoid wearing white against your face...unless of course, you are a blushing bride, because it tends to wash you out.
  • Although you don't need to be match-y, match-y coordinating outfits go a long way toward creating an attractive group photo. 
  • If you're planning on having your photos done outside, book a time in the early morning or later evening.  That's when the light is best, and you'll avoid harsh shadows on your lovely faces.
  • And  a personal quirk of mine is to remember that not everyone has to be smiling in a photo to make it a "good" photo.  In fact, some of those where the kiddos are goofing off or even sad are the best ones because they show life as it really is.
Most of all HAVE FUN!!! Photos are meant to bring joy, right?

Have a great day~

12 comments:

paige said...

wendy, you look gorgeous!!!!
what fabulous photos.
love the location. wish i had one like that near me!

xo

adventuresindinner said...

Lovely, we had ones done last weekend surrounded by maple trees. I'm hoping they look as good.

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful family! And what a perfect place to do them. : )
~Tina

Claire said...

What lovely photos. Of course the best tip is to have a good looking family in the first place ;-)

Andrea said...

beautiful shots, and I love your outfit and your hair =)

Lesley said...

The image of the children running reminds me of the movie, Sound Of Music!! Beautiful family.

Leanne said...

Beautiful photos!

Good Time Charlie said...

Great tips! We are having our family portraits done outside in two weeks. The last time I had my kids photographed was in a nearby Cherry Orchard when it was just opened for picking. Those pictures are my favorites. Yours are gorgeous!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love that these could just be a natural day in the orchard... except for the matchy-not perfectly matchy- outfits.
They will look beautiful on your wall!

Lulu and Co. said...

Just gorgeous!!!! You have such a beautiful family! Thanks for the tips....now I just need a photographer!!!! And probably convince my family to please lets have a family photo!!!!
xo,
Lulu

Holly said...

Wend- the photos are amazing!! & you look fantastic!!

janet said...

Wendy the photos are beautiful..I especially like the kids all running together..
Janet