I absolutely love photographing families which is a huge reason why I switched to only focusing on children and family photography a few years ago. It truly makes my heart happy to capture the connection and love for each other.
This is the time of year that families begin to book photographers for their yearly pictures, so I thought I'd share a few tips with you all that have helped me in my photo sessions.
1. What lens is the right lens?
I love using a wide angle in my sessions like the 35mm or the 24-70m. Before I got my full frame camera, I absolutely loved my 17-55mm 2.8 lens. I love the perspective it gives and the ability to get everyone in the shot while I am super close to them.
(below taken with 24-70mm)
I am also a lover of prime lenses. One of my absolute favorites, is the 85mm 1.8 (or1.4) and if you are a Canon user, the 85mm 1.2 is hands down...amazing.
(below taken with 85mm 1.8)
Another favorite is the 200mm prime lens. It is insanely heavy but this lens is tack sharp and gives the most incredible, creamy bokeh.
(Below taken with 200mm)
Does your client want more posed shots? candid/lifestyle? Does your family have a special hobby they like to do together? I always recommend establishing a relationship with your client via phone (pre-consult), but if you absolutely have to use email, then please be extra "on" when it comes to communication with your clients to be sure that both you and they are on the same page. I also love to talk abut what they are planning on wearing and if they need ideas, I shoot over my little pinterest board of what to wear tips.
While I do "roll with it" at my sessions, I do like to plan. I actually thinking planning out the shoot makes for a better quality session. After I have fully communicated with my clients, I then make the prep I need to make the session a success. I plan the location with what they are wearing. I bring props and create little "stations" for families' with littles to make it fun. Depending on the number of family members, I will make note of different posing ideas I want to try and always try to be sure to get the poses that mom and dad have specifically asked for.
Lastly, have fun! I always like to break up the norm with some goofy shots and the kids (and adults) love it.