I have always loved documenting each of the kids growing up with tons of photos, but usually nothing more extensive than a quick snap shot. A couple years ago, I decided that I was going to put some effort into taking family photos of us and the kids and actually do more than store them on my computer or cell phone. I wanted to take what I thought were “awesome photos” and hang them in our home instead of never printing them out. But I definitely didn’t have the funds for a professional photographer, and our family is way more into casual, spur of the moment outings than formal appointments. So with just a few tips and ideas I’ve managed to do 3 family photo sessions, and now Lennox’s first birthday photos.
*Read over my Family Photo Tips post and More Quick Tips for Family Photos for some motivation to start taking more family pics this year.For Lennox’s first photos I put together a quick game plan of what I wanted for the photos and we made it happen Sunday afternoon.
1. We decided what he would wear, something simple that he already had because we didn’t have the funds to buy a new outfit.
2. We chose a location downtown with a cool background to make the photos more interesting.
3. We decided on a few simple photo props to make the pictures a little more professional looking and fun.
4. We made sure all the kids were fed and happy before heading out.
I used an antique chair, that my used to be my dad’s when he was little, and painted it white with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint so Lennox could sit or hold onto it while standing. I made a large rustic wooden number 1 sign as a photo prop to show off his age, and we picked up latex balloons from a local party store before driving downtown to take photos.
Justin and the kids both helped to keep him smiling and entertained while I snapped as many photos as I could.
I even managed to get Levi and Rian in a few photos with him and take a quick Father’s Day photo of Justin and the kids at the same time. The mini photo shoot of Lennox took less than 30 minutes and I totally believe that’s the main reason I am able to keep taking family photos. Short, easy sessions where no one grumbles about how long it’s taking is the key!
No more excuses ok? Get out there and use your camera to capture special moments and don’t be afraid to try it on your own.
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