“But the truth is that the most lovingful moments are quite hard to remember. Because they’re musical. They’re not narrative. The moments of hugging and kissing or making love, they’re usually colored abstract or emotional.” – Gaspar Noe
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.
Tip- Adding fun accessories like flowers crowns, leis, sunglasses, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.
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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 disorganised, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganised 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 early in the morning and late in the afternoon, around the sunset. If your little ones have sensitive eyes, I’d recommend the afternoon. The most important is to avoid the strong heat of mid-day.
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5. Natural emotions
If you ask a kid to smile you are going to get an awkward or forced smile that’s why I let them play, taking the time to get to know them, listening and joking. ⠀This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles
Allow me to capture the true essence of your child’s personality.
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 cheek or in the neck. 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.
Tip : Remember that you can 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 daughters, Maeva and Maimiti. With the time, I am taking more the documentary approach, respecting their rhythm and taking more natural candid pictures without forcing them to pose or smile, just letting them play 🙂
Read about different family photography styles and choose the one that best suits you and your family :