Family photographs will be admired for generations. Below are the top ten Dos and Don’ts that we have learned over the years of creating these memories. Photographing growing families is what we love to do. Questions, comments, or did we miss one? Leave comments in our blog below!
Do dress appropriately no graphics words distracting prints. We want your beautiful faces to be the focal point of your portrait. Not sure what to wear? Just ask! We are happy to work with you to figure out outfits ahead of time (or bring a few options with you). We also have an ever-changing wardrobe and accessory closet to help as well. You’re welcome to communicate outfit choices with us ahead of time, or come by the studio before your shoot to see what we have available.
Do work the color wheel. Complimentary colors are always nice to look at. When in doubt: solid neutrals are always a great bet!
Do be prompt and ready to shoot. We are moms ourselves, and understand it can be super hard to get everyone clean, fed, and out of the house in a timely matter; but please do your best! You are always welcome to try and arrive a bit early, give snacks at the studio, nurse, and whatever else you need to do.
Do make sure everyone is relaxed and ready to play. This means everyone being well rested and fed ahead of time. We know this isn’t always possible, but anything you can do to help tilt the odds in our favor is greatly appreciated (and will result in the best photos possible!)
Don't stress. Your session should be fun and relaxing. If you’re stressed, anxious, or worried it will show in your photos! We know what we’re doing; you’re in good hands.
Don't bribe your kids before. Let the photog use that as needed through the session. We know some bribing may be unavoidable, but letting us coax or persuade the children during the shoot is usually much more effective!
Don't expect perfection. We specialize in simple, natural and timeless. We don’t do overly photoshopped or unrealistic. Of course we will work with you on posing we won’t make you look over-staged or unnatural.
Don't forget: we’re the experts and you’re paying us to do our job. Let us direct the shoot, and make your family portraits as fantastic as possible.
Don't get caught up in the trends on Pinterest! Trends and fads come and go, but these photos are yours forever. Be unique and original just like your family is.
Don't forget to hang your images. We are creating artwork, which is meant to be displayed. Let us work with your budget to create memories to go on your walls. We work with the top printing and canvas creating locations in the country (they work with professional photographers exclusively) to get the highest quality, best looking images. No one can see your beautiful family on a flash drive!
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.