Begin With The End In Mind

It all starts to come together easily when you think backward. Before deciding on what to wear or where to go for your photo session, think about how you want to display your images. Are you planning to update a gallery wall in your house? Would these images be part of an existing gallery? Are you planning to hang a large statement piece in your living room?

Knowing how these images will be displayed in your house will help you decide what you should wear. If you want these images to brighten up your otherwise neutral room with a pop of color, you can wear bright colors. If you want everything to be harmonious with your existing decor, stick with different tones of main colors in your decor and mix in neutral colors. Whether you dress up in classy formals for your photo session or a beautiful bohemian dress, it should match the decor of your room so your wall portrait looks like it belongs in your space.


Coordinate your colors with each other to make everything cohesive, but don’t be overly matchy-matchy. Pick 1-2 bright colors and mix in the neutrals like shades of beige, grey, navy, or white. Avoid creating a uniform for everyone so every picture from your session looks interesting. Accessories like scarfs, jackets, hats, or jewelry can change up looks quickly. Don’t forget to plan your shoes according to outfit changes. If you plan on wearing heels, it’s always a good idea to carry a comfy pair of shoes in case you have to walk a lot or there are uneven surfaces where you are shooting. You don’t want to hike in stilettos with a 2-year-old in your arms!


Nothing spoils a child’s good mood faster than too many clothing changes, too many locations, and too many props. I know it’s tempting to try to recreate every gorgeous image you’ve ever seen, but the best images will happen spontaneously as a result of your unique family relationships. When you are not working off of a checklist, you’ll have more time to create organic images that you’ll love. Try to limit your top priorities to 1 or 2 things.


Discussing your vision with us ahead of time would make it possible for us to shoot at the right angles and composition. We can create magical images, like this unicorn picture, when we have planned them ahead of time.


Make sure your outfits will keep you and the kids comfortable during your entire shoot. Nothing will hinder family photos faster than a freezing baby or an overheated toddler. Dress in layers if possible so that you can add and remove if needed. It’s always helpful to have an extra wrap or blanket if it’s cold.


Light changes quickly around sunset. Make sure to start earlier than you think you need, to allow for traffic or other delays. Having good light is essential for good outdoor portraits. Kids usually take some time warming up to the camera, so having extra shooting time in ample light is always good.


All professional family photographers have seen their fair share of meltdowns, and we work through them every time! Instead of stressing out because you’re missing “the perfect shot,” let your kid take the lead for a while. Kids (and even babies) pick up on their parents’ stress levels, so laugh it off and know that happier moments are soon to come. And sometimes, that temper tantrum ends up turning into a hilarious image that you’ll cherish for years to come!


While every family has different parenting styles and I respect that, I am all for using bribes for one day. Nothing makes a kid sit still longer than a (lollipop, beloved toy, insert your fave here!). However, be sure not to mention said treat until we’re close to the end of the session. Revealing a toy and then taking it back can be a recipe for disaster…FYI I bring Lollipops for all (parents too 😉

Trust us to capture the essence of your family and make you look your best. Del Mar Photographics has the experience and expertise to create stunning and timeless family portraits that you will treasure for years to come. We will guide you through the entire process and help you create the perfect images that reflect your unique family dynamic.
In the end, remember that what truly matters is the love and connection between your family. I’m confident we will capture those special moments and create beautiful family portraits that showcase your family’s unique personality and spirit. 
If you still have questions, let’s have a talk so I can set your mind at ease.