Based in Howard County, Maryland, Christina Tundo Photography serves all the definitions of family within the DMV area, preserving the authentic moments, both big and small, that you want to hold onto forever.
Having successful family portraits is less about waving a magic wand and more about prepping your family ahead of time. Oftentimes, just being able to share with your spouse and your kids that this session is coming and what to expect can save heartache and stress. Today, I’m sharing 5 quick things to do before your family lifestyle session that can lead to a better session (and photos!) for everyone.
A few weeks before your session, prep begins. The first thing to do is to choose your outfits and style your family’s attire based on the location and the season. Be sure to be mindful of where we’re going to be working. Things like… maybe those super cute heels won’t work at the park. Think about what you’re going to wear and your accessories. Trust me, you don’t want to be trying to find the perfect pair of shoes an hour before your session (been there, done that). If you’re really stuck, don’t forget that I offer a complimentary styling service. I have pieces you can borrow from my client closet! And, I can help you pair what you need with what you have.
There’s something to be said for feeling confident during your photo session. A few weeks before your session, consider booking a hair and/or make-up artist. When you schedule your photos with me, you’ll receive a list of amazing beauty vendors here in the DMV, in case you’re interested! Oh, and don’t forget the manicure! We’ll be capturing some up close and personal moments, and you’ll want those nails to look good.
This is an especially good reminder for younger kids! They aren’t going to know who I am and if you tell them they’re going to be photographed, it can help with the stress of a stranger being in their face. As a family, you can decide what you’d like to do during your session to keep things lighthearted. Maybe reading a book, playing a game, or just walking through your favorite park. Reminding your family that your session is coming can be a huge help!
It’s a pretty simple way to prepare for your session. I’m telling you from experience hangry kids (and adults) don’t make for nice pictures! Make sure everyone has a full belly and is hydrated and I promise moods will be so much better. If you’re planning an in-home session with me, it’s totally cool if you need to take a snack break while I’m there. After all, it is your home!
Let’s be real, some family members are just going to be happier about smiling if they know they’re having a treat at the end of your session. Consider what’s around – one of my favorite locations has a Snowball stand nearby and I always let parents know so they can offer it if they want. If your kids are younger, you may need small treats to bribe them with during your session (think marshmallows or fruit snacks). I’m never against a bribe if it’s needed. And depending where you’re planning to go afterwards, I may even be able to tag along and capture your family enjoying their special treat!
Family portraits are meant to be fun and not stressful for your family. With a little prep beforehand, you’ll be surprised how easy and enjoyable your session can actually be! As you begin to prepare for your session, if you have any questions or concerns, let’s talk. I want your session to be everything you dreamed of: fun, full of special moments, and stress-free.