The holidays are coming and that makes a perfect time for the annual family photo! You've spend time on the perfect outfits and now you want the perfect picture. Here are a few things to remember for a smooth photo shoot. Hopefully you have no accidental face injuries or mud puddles nearby!
7 Tips For Getting the Perfect Family Photo:
1. Have a Plan
We can’t stress this enough! Occasionally you can get lucky with that perfect shot on the fly, but for the most part, planning makes perfect. Or as perfect as one can get when it comes to family photos. There are so many things that go into this that could have a post of their own. Your photographer or Pinterest should be a great help for choosing the right location, the right clothes and props or posing ideas. Include the family as much as possible so they have a vested interested, perhaps making them a little more cooperative.
2. Keep it Simple
This is a family photo and you want to see the people, not necessarily the setting. Look for open fields, an old brick wall or even the side of a rustic barn to keep your photos distraction free. Closeup shots are often the best family photos anyway.
3. Schedule When Kids Are the Happiest
This mostly applies to infants and toddlers because if you have teens and wait for them to be happy, it may be years! Just kidding – but if you can work around the kiddos routines, the better the photos you are going to get! We can almost promise that it will be a disaster if photos are scheduled during little Johnny’s nap time. Also make sure everyone is well fed. You don't want to document the memory of the time everyone was "hangry".
4. Have Some Fun
Use props to liven up a shot or lend some creativity for the Christmas Card photo. Try different positions, don't be afraid to lay down or use chairs or even a ladder for height variations. Let the kids play and have fun. Family photos should be about capturing a memory and it will be a much better one if the kids aren't constantly being told what to do. Some great candid shots can come if you let them play and be natural.
5. Coordinate, Don’t Match
You don’t want your clothing to be a distraction and if everyone is in red or white, that’s all people are going to see! Take the time to plan coordinated, not matching outfits. Use a few different colors and don't be afraid to use different shades of the same color.
6. Don’t over pose
Enjoy the time and you will see it in your faces. The more natural you are, the better the photos will turn out. You don't want any weird overly posed arms or the totem pole look were everyone is standing too straight. Don't be afraid to bend and arm or leg a little.
7. Choose the Right Photographer
There are a lot of options out there with different cost structures. Talk to or meet with the photographer and make sure you click. If you feel more comfortable and have similar styles, the photos are much more likely to be what you want. If you just go the cheap route, you may end up hating them and leaving them in a drawer. Don't waste the money, go with your instinct and find the right photographer at the right price.
Enjoy the time as a family!! Here's to hoping your family photo session is a success!
You may have seen some of our materials talking about French Seams. But, do you really know what that means? It sounds fancy, doesn’t it? That’s what we thought, but that’s not why we chose this as a standard feature on a Savannah Children dress.
Here’s a little explanation about what it really is and why Savannah Children chose the French Seam Method.
A French Seam is a seam which encloses the raw edge of the fabric creating an elegant finished seam. Here’s an example of a French Seam and typical seam found in children’s clothing.
French Seam – smooth finished edges
Typical Seam - Serged edges with messy threads
So why did we choose to have French Seams?
- Our goal has always been to create a quality garment by focusing on every detail possible for quality, comfort and durability. French Seams create all that making our dresses heirloom quality to be passed down for generations.
- Excess stitching and rugged edges can be uncomfortable on a young child’s sensitive skin. A French Seam is stitched twice causing the original seam (that is typically finished off with a serger causing excess thread) to be hidden within the finished seam. The purpose of a French seam is to avoid uncomfortable edges and stitching on a child’s skin which can be irritating.
- Exposed Serged edges are more likely to unravel causing unexpected holes. With the seams being tucked inside with the French Seam method, it’s nearly impossible for them to unravel. Any of you moms know this generally happens at the most inopportune times.
- We want our Savannah Girls to feel beautiful but also comfortable in their dress so they can truly play and enjoy their special occasion. French Seams add a level of comfort and durability so kids can play and moms don’t have to worry!