Family Photo Shoot Ideas & Tips


photo shoot ideas from Alabama lifestyle blogger MyLifeWellLoved.com // loft dress // how to dress the whole family for pictures // family photo shoot ideas
photo shoot ideas from Alabama lifestyle blogger MyLifeWellLoved.com // loft dress // how to dress the whole family for pictures // family photo shoot ideas
photo shoot ideas from Alabama lifestyle blogger MyLifeWellLoved.com
photo shoot ideas from Alabama lifestyle blogger MyLifeWellLoved.com// loft dress // how to dress the whole family for pictures // family photo shoot ideas
photo shoot ideas from Alabama lifestyle blogger MyLifeWellLoved.com // loft dress // how to dress the whole family for pictures // family photo shoot ideas
Shop the Women’s Photo Shoot Ideas Post Look: Dress // Blazer // Shoes // Earrings (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Sunglasses

Shop the Little Boy Photo Shoot Ideas Post Look: Leyton’s sweater // Leyton’s shirt // Leyton’s pants // Leyton’s shoes

Does anyone else get stressed out before a photo shoot? As much as I do them for the blog, you would think that they would be no big deal to me any anymore, but the whole process of getting ready yourself, planning outfits, and hoping your kid will cooperate is exhausting! Here’s hoping these photo shoot tips and outfit ideas will help you and your family have a little less stress in your next family photo shoot.

The day before our family photo shoot, we found out that Leyton had Hand Foot Mouth. You can imagine how everyone felt about that! Poor buddy! Thanks goodness Leyton is better now, but needless to say we still don’t have our family photos yet.

I went ahead and met up with Lindsay Gowland Photography that day to shoot my outfit and then Casey Marie Photography shot Leyton in his little outfit last week so that I could put this post together for you guys while Eric was at work. One day we’ll get our little family photo shoot together, but I didn’t want to wait any longer to put together this post for you guys because I know lots of you have family photo shoots NOW!
Several of you have messaged me asking for help with putting together your outfits, so I thought this would be a great one place stop for everyone to get some outfit, makeup and photo tips. I asked Lindsay Gowland Photography to share her best photo shoot ideas with us so that you can come prepared for your family photos next time!
FYI, if you live in Birmingham, Lindsay is doing family photo shoot minis on 11/18 and you can book her via email on her website! Read on to see her photo shoot tips to help your next session be a little less stressful.
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Photo Shoot Ideas: How to Prepare for Family Photos​
The most common questions I hear when it comes to preparing for family photos is “What in the world do we wear?!”. Have no fear! I have put together a handy list of easy tips on dressing for family photos.
Photo Shoot Ideas: How do I get my kids to take good photos?
“How do I make sure my kids behave?”. This is another question I get asked all the time. Kids are unpredictable {as we all know}.

 

The best thing you can do as a parent is to make it fun and to try to stay as relaxed as possible yourself. Kids sense when you are tense or nervous and they feed off of it}. Turn it into a game of some sort {peek a boo with the photographer, etc).  Having a surprise of some sort that they get at the end is always helpful. Have fun, be silly and most importantly, just be yourselves! That is what you want to remember when you look back at your photos.

With Leyton, I try to let him be running around playing with me or doing other things and let the photographer work their magic. Anytime we try to set up for a perfect photo, it turns into a total melt down.

Photo Shoot Ideas: Makeup Tips for Photography
  • No SPF Makeup: I have foundation WITHOUT SPF for photo shoot days that is a little heavier that I use for the camera. SPF in your makeup can play with the camera and can sometimes make you look shinier.
  • Heavier Makeup: Don’t go crazy, but feel free to put on a little thicker coat of mascara, a little extra blush, and maybe a tad heavier foundation to help your look read slightly elevated for the camera. You still want to look like yourself, so don’t go too crazy with this one.
  • White Definition for Eyes: A trick I learned in broadcast (when I thought I wanted to do that many moons ago) is to put a touch of white eye shadow in the corners of your eyes. You can even line the lower inner corner of your eye with white liner to make the whites of your eyes appear a bit whiter and to make your eyes pop more.
  • My girl Meg O is the beauty guru and she did a whole post/video on makeup for photos if you want to check it out!
  • photo shoot ideas from Alabama lifestyle blogger MyLifeWellLoved.com // loft dress // how to dress the whole family for pictures // family photo shoot ideas
    What did I miss? I’d love to hear what you got to wear in your family photo shoot this year! Please share in the comments below!


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2 Comments

  1. Susan Mackey
    October 31, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Beautiful you, and precious Leyton!! xoxoxo

    • Heather
      Heather
      October 31, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks so much, momma!! 🙂

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