Family Photoshoots: Why They’re Important and How to Ensure Success

If there’s one area that we absolutely think you should be spending money on (and don’t forget, we are money saving mamas), it’s professional family photoshoots.  We aim to try to get them done every six months, sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less, but we really try.   How many times a day even do you say “the kids grow up so fast” (I mean FYM Sherrie said it hours after Logan was born!). It’s so important to capture them at each stage! They’re also the gift that keeps on giving,  Whenever we get photos taken, we love to get prints made and make DIY gifts for aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents, and of course our family yearbooks!

We recently realized that since we all got married in 2014, we don’t have any professional photos of the four of us together, let alone our kids! To be honest, I don’t even think we have a selfie! So, we knew we had to change that.   We started looking for a photographer that does mini sessions, they are typically shorter photoshoots and much cheaper than paying for a full session. They are perfect for kids, because as you know they tend to have short attention spans. We came across Samantha Martens Photography. She was affordable, provides you with all the digital images (trust us, that’s pretty unheard of) but on top of that she was on point! She was extremely accommodating, able to work with our crazies (the twin husbands and all the children!) and gave us pointers like fix your necklace, lift your chin, move your hair- the things you really need! We’re pretty biased, but we think they turned out amazing! We are already booking our next family photoshoots together for the Fall!

Family Photoshoots Matt and Sherrie

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

  Want to ensure your family photoshoots go off without a hitch? Follow this 5 steps.

Day and Time: Pick a day and time you know you can make.  We chose a Monday at 6pm, not too late so that the kids wouldn’t be too tired, but not too early that they would be all wound up with energy. We chose a park with plenty of open space for the kids to be kids.  And, not too crowded of a location.

Outfits: If you’re not into matchy matchy, try to coordinate.  We had chatted before and knew we were both thinking blue, a little extra check to make sure we were thinking the same family of shades, and without even seeing what each other was wearing, we all coordinated perfectly.  Not too matchy, but just right.

Family Photoshoots

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Have Help: Sherrie asked Grandma Cathy (her mom) to come a long and it was the best idea ever! Not only do we just love spending time with Grandma Cathy, but she was so helpful.  Just having an extra set of hands to hand off a baby too, or to keep kids who aren’t in a photo entertained was a god send.  If you can, bring an extra person to help! If nothing else, you’ll be less stressed, stress shows in photos!

Distract the Kiddos: You may never know it, but the only way we got this good picture of all three of the kiddos was to shake a mickey mouse rattle, call Madeline’s name, and shake the car keys for Logan.  Distractions help.  Kids are like the dog in Up, one thing has them saying “Squirrel” and running in the other direction.  If you can control those distractions, a great photographer can grab the shot.

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Have Fun: Yes, getting these photos is important, but you want to capture real life, so don’t forget to be silly and have fun with it! Matt and Mike are always goofy together, and sure enough we got  the typical “prom pose” photos of the two of them.  When it seemed like we were a little too stuffy, Sam told us to “grab each others butts” and so we were like “wait what?” but then we did, and this photo is just pure joy and silliness all in one.  Above all, be present in the moment and enjoy it!

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Photo Credit: Samantha Martens Photography

Having family photos taken soon? We would love to see them! Share them below or on our Facebook page!

 

 

13 thoughts on “Family Photoshoots: Why They’re Important and How to Ensure Success

  1. Margaret Westhoff says:

    Your pictures turned out great! I recently had family pictures done, and it was a struggle to get my 2 under 2 to smile for the camera. I wish I had followed your tips of distracting the kiddos and bringing someone to help.

    • Forever Young Moms says:

      Now you know for the next time- hope that you can get some good shots, but it’s also great to have the ones you have as they are real life!

  2. Akyn says:

    Wow I love photoshoots too. I collecting hard copies of my toddler’s pictures since he was born until now and stored them on a photo album.

  3. Cassie | White Sands and Cool Breezes says:

    Man, I need to get on this! We’ve done lots of pictures but haven’t yet done a professional one. On the to do list. Thanks 🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    lovely pictures! i’m actually looking at printing more of the pictures i took on my phone. i still remember the days spent with my parents looking at our pictures (big smile)

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