Family pictures in The Woodlands / Amend Family

Life can be so busy, it’s hard to find time to even get together with friends as much as I would like.  This time of year my weekends are full of family pictures, soccer games, more fall photo sessions, and more soccer games.  Lucky for me, I have clients like this family who I consider friends.  It helps make work feel a lot less like work.

Last year we did their family pictures as an in home photo session at their gorgeous new house. This year they allowed me to try a new location out with them.  We actually had to reschedule this session due to some of those sports schedules I mentioned above, but thankfully we escaped the heat on our original date and were rewarded with a gorgeous fall afternoon.

What to Wear?

Erin is always so good at putting together outfits for her crew.  You can see their past sessions here and here, and you’ll see what I mean.  I think the hardest thing about preparing for a photo session is figuring out what to wear.  Once you figure out that, the hard part is over!

That’s one reason I provide phone consultations for all of my clients and share my Pinterest page for inspiration.  I also ask each family to put all of their outfit choices together and send me a picture.  I’m happy to share my thoughts on what I think will photograph well and help you decide on little details and choices that can help pull everything together.

I usually tell the moms to pick their outfit out first and build in the rest of the family’s outfits based on what they choose.  Usually, this is the opposite of what everyone does!   You should ask yourself three questions.
Do you feel beautiful?
When you feel like you look super, your outfit is flattering and you are the best version of yourself, you’ll have a natural glow for the camera.  I love outfits that allow for movement (I’m mainly talking to the ladies here), a flowy dress for example.
Is it comfy?
Nobody wants to spend an hour or more dressed in something that pinches, itches, or is too hot or cold…especially for children and dads, who won’t hesitate to make their displeasure known.  =)  I recommend each family member wear their photo shoot outfit around the house for at least 10 minutes to try it out if they haven’t worn it before, shoes included!
Is it you?
Simple but profound.  Every person in the family should wear clothing that is an honest reflection of his or her style and stage of life.  Aim for timeless attire, rather than the latest trend.