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    Family Photos 101

    September 21, 2017

    Something happens when we see pictures of our families. We go back in time and remember the way we felt at that exact moment. And the details we thought were long gone in our minds. We become prideful, and we get the urge to want to show everyone our photos. We sit for a second, and remember that life moves way too fast. Isn’t that what photo sessions are all about? Sure, we might need this year’s perfect Christmas card, but it’s more about freezing the moments in time that we’ll never get back. Those people in the photo will never be the same. It’s a gift to have a visual of the memories, locations and details that a photo represents.

    Like, for instance, these photos. They were taken exactly 2 years ago on September 19, 2015. It was just the 3 of us then. I look at these images and see such happiness. We were just getting started, a year into our marriage; with so much to look forward to. But then again, I also see naiveness, uncertainty, and fear of the unknown. I remember this day like it was yesterday. Within the weeks following this session, we were going to start trying to get pregnant. Our minds were racing of excitement and chaos. That summer was one for the books. We truly went “balls to the wall” (pardon my slang!) as a last ditch effort to make our last few, “free” months count. Little did we know the fun was just beginning! Now, life is different. A better different.

    Read on for more tips to making your photos some to cherish, and giving people something to gush about!

    Tip #1: Find a photographer you feel comfortable with.

    You want to feel at ease. The number one fail is that people look really out of their element, and uncomfortably awkward. You will never like the photos if you feel anything like this during the session. The key to making it an easy breezy process, is by getting to know your photographer, and looking at their past work. That will give you a better idea of how they will interact with you. Also, try to stay away from the posed, sit-down look. Times have changed! Plus, personalities really shine through when the people in the photo are being themselves and things are unplanned. Um, and whose kids actually sit still anyways?

    Tip #2: Scope out the perfect location.

    Go outside! You’ve all heard it before, but photos done outdoors are always the best, simply because of the lighting. Definitely finding a spot among nature (trees, tall grasses and wildflowers) is always ideal. However, if you don’t have that nearby, seek out garden shops, or nurseries. Make sure you ask them if its ok for you to take your photos there – no one likes a creeper! Look for simple backdrops with neutral/light colors as to draw too much attention. You and your family should be the main focus! For all you locals, this session was done at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore.

    Tip #3: Coordinate, but don’t match.

    I think it helps to have one “rockstar” in the group who carries a pattern in their outfit that the remainder of the family’s clothing can pull from. (I swear, I’m not biased!) Otherwise, I think it’s smart to stick with a basic color palette. A softer palette that has different tonal ranges within the same shade is a great place to start. In these photos, I’ve got the pattern going with the pastel pinks and blues, which is why I pulled the light-blue out for Garin. Plus, he looks so handsome in blue, don’t you think?? 😉  I’ve also paired it with a solid white tank, which makes it less overkill. I also think everyone in different shades of denim is always nice, unless you’re going for a more formal look. Never try and match your clothes to the background. Oh, and stay simple with the accessories. You don’t want that giant hair bow, or chunky necklace to be center stage, just something that complements your look.

    Tip #4: Dogs are always acceptable.

    Nothing more to say here. But isn’t our Tuck just the cutest??

    If you get anything out of this post, I want you to remember this: document your time with each other, save your images, frame them all over your house and share them with everyone!  No picture is too imperfect, too unplanned or too chaotic…for these are the ones you’ll probably end up treasuring the most.

    Smile always,


    Photography: Katie Beverley 


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