Colors: Grey, Red & Denim.
Single moms, don't bypass
a family portrait!
The Photographer - Who is going to take that shot? Will you ask a family friend? Hire someone? Set up the tripod? This decision will impact all the other choices. I recommend the family friend route. We all know someone who has photography as a major hobby with the equipment to provide a quality result. It's even better is you have a family friend who is also a pro, just don't expect a discount on services. When it's someone you and your family know, there will be a more relaxed and comfortable vibe. Hopefully your photographer will capture the unique personality that marks your family. Most likely, someone you know will be patient and understanding when inevitable glitches get in the way.
The Wardrobe - Coordinating colors make any group of individuals look like a unit, so working together to get a "look" is important. No, you do not want to be too matchy-matchy and each person needs room to keep his or her own style. The way I do it is to select a color palette and let each person choose from their own wardrobe. I love neutrals, because they will always match your home decor. But my favorite are rich, colorful looks with limited patterns. Still, don't be a style-nazi and if someone doesn't quite follow the guidelines, let it go. You can always select a black and white or muted finish to help every better blend.
|Taken on our Front Steps|
Colors: Black, White, Khaki
The Schedule - It's never easy to get everyone together! Plan ahead, and just go for it. Yes, somebody will likely have to miss some time with friends or get to a party late, but the photo needs to be a priority. I'll admit, this is when I remind others of all I do for them on a daily/weekly basis and share how important this is to me. Be considerate, but be firm and let your family know this is a big deal to you. It's okay to care about a photo.
|Taken in our living room:|
Colors: Maroon, Cream, Black & Denim
Recently I was talking with a friend about expectations and she shared about her last family Thanksgiving where expectations were impossibly high. There was a large family gathering, including step parents and step siblings and a family portrait was on the schedule. She said the photo turned out great but that she can't look at it without remembering the chaos of that day. Don't let this be your photo story. Plan a little, but go with the flow and strive to make even the photography experience a pleasant memory.
Do you have a great family portrait? any horror stories? What are your thoughts when you view past pictures? Do you send out a holiday card? None of these are the ones we will use on our card this year, but I promise to share once I send them out!