Well hello, Maharanis!  I hope that you are having a fabulous Saturday so far.  Alexander turned 6 months old and you know me, I used it as an excuse to get all gussied up and get some photographs taken of our family.  I called up my dear friend, Vijay, of Wedding Documentary Photo + Video, and we headed to the Palace of Fine Arts to create some memories.   And, here is what we came up with...
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Not bad, huh?  I am excited to create a gallery wall in our living room using these pictures. After doing this shoot, I came up with 4 tips to get better images out of any family or engagement session :
1. Props – A few props can make your pictures really pop. I used matching bow ties for this shoot, because I am obsessed with dressing my husband and son alike. I love when people get into a theme for their shoot. And here’s a short list of some of my favorite photo shoot props: picnic basket in the park, wine & cheese, scrabble, balloons, or your puppy! Anything that reflects your personal style is sure to equal adorable pictures!
2. Try different expressions – Personally, I don’t like photographs of myself with a serious face, so playing with Alexander and looking to the side in pictures adds diversity to the shoot.
3. Stand up straight! It’s the biggest lesson I learned from this shoot . There are a few CUTE pictures that got tossed out, just because I am slouching over. Total bummer.
4. Lastly, have fun! Our family shoot was one of the most fun days we have had in a while, so pick a photographer you are comfortable with and go for it! I think it works best to be “inspired by blogs” and instead of trying to recreate a particular shot you saw on a site. Just let the creativity flow and be spontaneous. You never know what you will come up with!
I would love to know, what are you planning for your engagement or family shoot?