Vancouver Washington photographer for families who want a fun & laid back experience that results in a beautiful collection of family photos.
October 23, 2021
You see all of those beautiful family photos on social media or when you land on a photographers website and you might be wondering, “how do I get family photos like that?” That warm light wraps families with flattering gorgeous light. The way to get those kinds of photos is to photograph families at golden hour. I’ll share more about that in this blog.
If I am your family photographer, I will tell you that the best time for family photos is about an hour before sunset. Depending on the location you choose and the time of year, we will decide together what that looks like. If you are from this area you know that in the summer time that could mean we would start around 7:45 pm or even a bit later. That way you are being photographed in “golden hour”. Golden hour as the hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise. In my opinion, it is the most flattering light to photograph families in. The light is smooth and not harsh.
That is one of my favorite kinds of weather to photograph families in. As long as it’s dry, I photograph families in clouds and overcast days. I never reschedule photoshoots due to clouds. Can you imagine? I would likely have to reschedule so many, pacific northwest weather is typically more cloudy than not. The thing I love about clouds in photographs is that it adds interest to the sky. It reminds me of a beautiful painting that nature displays right before sunset.
I am a mom of two kids under 6 years old. I get it! In the summertime they go to bed around 8 o’clock, so having family photos done around their bedtime worried me. Here is the thing though, it’s one night that you push their bedtimes back a little and I have a very helpful tips on this blog, how to prepare your kids for your family photos.
I always tell this to families I work with. Set low expectations for your kids during family photos, even teenagers. The more they can be themselves, know that they can’t “mess the session up”, and they don’t have to give cheesy fake smiles the better your session will be, promise! Just make it about having a “family date” and have a laid back attitude about the experience. Grab my guide here on how to have a stress free family photo session.
Sometimes I hear from moms that they just aren’t quite ready to commit to an evening family photo shoot. Here are a few options to get beautiful family photos with out the worry of your kids bedtime.
-Schedule your family photos for the Fall. It gets darker much earlier and you can have those beautiful fall colors in your photos!
-Have your family photos done in your home! It’s so much fun, unique because it takes place in your home, and can be done mid morning. Check out my blog on What to Expect for your Indoor Family Photography Session
Have a few questions about planning for your family photos and are searching for a Portland Oregon Family Photographer? Message me here and let’s chat!
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