Getting Photo Shoot Ready With Your Crew!

Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Photoshoots are a thing now right? People are even gifting them to you and if your photographer is 21st century , they're sending you moodboards and you’re like ...... whaaaaat am I supposed to do?

Everyone wants to create an atmosphere and look that will capture your special moments exquisitely. I’ve done enough shoots both with and without kids to know the basics of being PREPARED and yet still there are times I don’t get it right.

Earlier this year we did a photo shoot for the first time (apart from the newborn one) as a family of 5 and boy was it enlightening to say the least... My make-up artist had to fix my hair, Myles' outfit was messed with corn chips before we arrived on location, my husband got lost finding the venue, I shouted at the kids for not smiling and co-operating when they were just tired from rushing and so on. Nonetheless, it was a great learning curve and lucky for me it all turned out great!

YOU on the other hand can avoid such drama, so I thought I'd ask my good friend Jolanda from Solision Photography to share some tips on how to get your crew ready for a successful photo shoot and here’s what she had to say.

{Plan Ahead}

Select a date and time that you know will work especially if you have little ones who are grumpy before nap time. Give yourself enough time to get ready and travel to the selected location. If you have small children, it's always good to keep their day as normal as possible leading up to the session. Make sure everyone is FED and happy before you arrive.

{Location, Location, Location}

Ask your photographer to suggest some locations for your photo shoot, after all, this will form the backdrop for your session. Over the years I have learnt the hard way that a location can make or break a session. There were many times I gave in to the client's request to shoot at home or the park just down the road, and although we make it work, my best results have always been at carefully planned locations.

{What To Wear}

Don't be shy to ask your photographer for some guidance. There are those classic looks and what’s trending, however you should always be sure to add your own flavour.

1. Coordinated outfits; Days for matching outfits have long passed, subtle coordination offers just the right amount of blending to look effortlessly planned. I always suggest to clients that mom pick her outfit first and coordinate the rest of the fam around that.

2. Keep it simple; avoid small prints and stripes, these just don't snap well! Avoid too much pure white as white is difficult to expose and distracts from the actual subject, which is YOU off course ☺️!

3. Less is more; do not over accessorise! Accessories can easily make it look like you've tried too hard or have people looking at your sparkly beauts instead of the real gem in the photos!

{Make An Effort}

More often than not, this is an awkward topic! I'm not saying getting your make-up and hair done professionally is a must, even though it ads value to the result, if it's not for you, at least make an effort. Give your hair some extra attention that day, make sure hubby has taken care of grooming and take the kiddos for a hair cut. When everybody looks good, everybody feels good and it so shows on the photos.

{Come Prepared}

If you have little ones, believe me, you can never be 100% prepared, but it sure helps to try. Bring snacks, bring wet wipes, bring a brush, pack a spare set of clothes (kids and adults)... it's a jungle out there LOL!

{Trust Your Photographer}

I have been lucky to have client's who have trusted me with their memories for many years and I feel in many ways it's important to walk a path with your photographer, but if you're a first timer or prefer to try new things, whoever you choose, trust them! Hear them out and let them get the job done! Share your ideas with your photographer ahead of the shoot, but trust them to add their style and make your moments unique!

{Have Fun!}

Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow the photographer to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family. Cheese is for crackers and stiff family photos, so leave that at home. It's important to remember that not every picture will be perfect, often the best photos are the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other.

Don't be afraid to show your photographer who you really are and don't forget to have fun!

I have been blessed to walk a path with the Gengan clan and one of the things I love most about Wendy is her appreciation for the bloopers! I'll let you in on a little secret, Wendy is the only client who's bloopers I don't delete, because

”those are the pictures she usually loves most”,

... the ones where Jennah is pulling a face or Logs running after Myles whilst everyone else, blissfully unaware, is smiling. Even the blurry photo because Connor decided to hug mom rather than hold a pose... I kid you not, those are the memories that hang on their walls!

Through my lens I have been lucky enough to see happiness up close and on the walls of client's homes. I have been blessed to see my work displayed. If I have learnt anything in my 7 years of photography, it is that capturing memories never go out of fashion and there is no better time than the present to capture the past to last you long into the future!

Well ladies and gentlemen, there you go, you’re welcome 😉!

Thank you so much Jolanda for helping make our next photo shoot everything and more.

😀Ready, steady, smile.😀



p.s. Here are a few images from the shoot 💛

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