Tips : Do's For Your Family Portrait Session

The saying goes that what’s important to you is defined by what you dedicate your time to. Apart from loving and devoting ourselves to every facet of our craft, we at Munkeat Studio have one other thing in common; Our devotion to love and family. What better way is there to share this with you other than letting this part of us flow into what we do, for you?

Today’s little moments turn into tomorrow’s big things. Authentically you, documenting these wonderful moments of you and your loved ones is (and should be!) an amazing, fun-filled experience. Understanding the importance of creating an enjoyable, comfortable environment for everyone during these sessions, here we are sharing our take on family portraiture for our photographers and families out there.

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Anytime is a good time to have a family portrait session! Why did we have to include this pointer, then? On one hand, we have families who’ve made it a tradition to have photographs taken every year and on the other, families who don’t take them at all. Maybe you’ve had a few photographs taken at family events, parties, weddings, but having a series of photographs of your family taken means a whole lot more to us than just that.

 

It’s a beautiful thing to be able to look back at photographs, moments frozen in time. Whether you’re celebrating one of life’s many milestones, a special occasion or just wanting to document your growing family, these photographs ultimately become a heirloom, enjoyed and passed down for generations to come. 

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We’re talking about the Client – Photographer relationship! We place much emphasis on breaking the ice. Be it via filling out a survey form or meeting face to face, laying out expectations and having a photographer that jives with you and your family makes everything that much better for the both of you. Radiate good, positive vibes, everyone!

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Get Outside!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we never confine ourselves to the parameters of a studio set. Why would there be a need for that when the great outdoors has so much to offer? From parks and open fields, to nature reserves and hiking trails, a family portrait session might just be the perfect excuse to go outside! Bask in the sun, have a picnic, run, play – being outside means that your family session can very well feel like its a fun family day out, and having fun makes for the most beautiful photographic memories!

Staying in

Maybe heading outside isn’t for you and you really enjoy a good day staying in lounging, dwelling in the presence of home and family. Well, aside from all the fun we could have outside, we also really enjoy having quiet, cozy family sessions in familiar settings like in the comfort of your home. Sweet, beautiful and in your homey element, what’s not to love about it?

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Picking out what to wear in your family photos can be just as challenging as getting your coordinate the kids for the perfect group photo. There isn’t a right or wrong when it comes to styling, but we do tend to look out for a few things when consulting with our families.

 

Instead of having completely matching outfits, try coordinating colors instead! A good thing to look out for when shopping for kids are collections in stores that have a common thematic color and style scheme to them. We also love how neutral colors turn out in photos. Adding a pop of color is good, too! However, do be wary of patterns because it can be distracting in regards to group photographs. 

Whichever route you choose, maybe, just maybe, you’d like to consider letting go of the good old “safe” option of wearing the ever so popular White tee on Denim ensemble. No that we’re against it but, you know, we’ve done that a tad bit too often and we don’t know why, either!

 *Image courtesy of Google Search.

*Image courtesy of Google Search.

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Need we say even more? Pets are considered family for so many of us and they bring so much life into these session. We’d never, ever say no to including these furry family members of yours. 

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Here at MunKeat Studio we keep things simple, emphasizing on moments, connections, life and all it’s beauty as they are. Getting the perfect family portrait is can be hard, but don’t sweat the small stuff and instead, try searching for the little things and moments that make up this family session of yours and capture all of that, too! Documenting the very essence and elements of your family is what drives us, and that means allowing them to truly be themselves! Remember, the best moments are always unplanned, so have fun on your next family session!