8 tips for a Bora Bora family photo session

15 Apr 2016 Damien Gobron In Bora Bora, Photography

If you are planning a family photo session in Bora Bora and you want to get ultimately gorgeous, timeless family images that you will treasure for a lifetime, read the following tips.

1.   Choose clothing carefully

Have your clothing chosen way in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive.

What do your dream family photos look like?  If they are soft and elegant?  Chose neutral colors with soft, flowing fabrics…. think creams, very soft pastels, oatmeals, light browns, tans, grays, and slate blues.

Want to showcase the fun and spunky side of your family?  Choose coordinating colors (but not matchy, matchy) with bold accent colors, such as hues of gray with yellow or bright red accents.  Adding fun accessories like flowers crowns, leis, sunglasses,scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.


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What should I wear?

2. Well rested and well fed

Be certain not to schedule your photo session around your child’s nap. Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach. Many families come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end.  If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot.


3.  Be sure to leave plenty of time to get ready

Moms are often rushing around before a photo shoot, making sure that their family is dressed and ready.  I always encourage mothers to have their hair and makeup professionally done at the spa.  This will prepare mom for her pictures and when mom is feeling pretty and confident, this will reflect on the rest of the family as well.  Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming.  When a family shows up to a family photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganized session.  Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.


4. Choose the right time of the day

The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise.

Avoid the strong heat of mid-day, especially for the little ones.


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Best time for the photo shooting

5.  Natural emotions

Step back, and allow the photographer to naturally interact and talk with your children.  This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles.  Help the photographer capture the true essence of your child’s personality by talking with and coaxing out those smiles naturally and easily.


6.  Have fun with your family

Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air. Give your wife a sweet kiss on the check. Have fun. Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace. Kiss. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow me to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family. Remember that you bring some props to get the attention of the little ones like a cute teddy bear  or bubbles.



7.  NOT everyone has to be looking and smiling at the camera at the same time

The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other. Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time. If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other, your eyes will be on your family members and your smile with be natural. These are the photographs that you will cherish most because they depict your family connection and your love.


8. Have realistic expectations

Being a father and a photographer has shown me to  lower my expectations about having the perfect picture… At the beginning I was trying to get master pieces with my daughter Maeva, with the time I am taking more the photojournalistic approach, respecting her rhythm and taking more natural candid pictures without forcing her to pose or smile, just letting her play 🙂


My daughter Maeva with my wife Sara

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