Surviving a Family Photoshoot by TaraD

How to make your next family photo session a stress free one.

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations.  Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

1. Timing is everything. If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

2. Dos and don’ts of bribery. Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier.

3. Relinquish control. As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.

4. It’s not just about the posing. The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moents happen. 

5. Plan ahead. Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken. 

6. Keep those sugars levels up. If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a loot smooter. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for these who might need it. 

Enjoy capturing you memories.

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Tips for Beautiful Fall or Winter Photos by TaraD

There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions. The snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly.

  1. Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.

 

  1. Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.

 

  1. Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow.

 

  1. Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.

 

  1. Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves.

 

  1. Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times.

Take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results.

 

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Winners of “WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER 2018”. by TaraD

Tara & Dave Wedding Photographers

Where did January & February go to?

This year is just flying by and what a great start it has been!

In our last blog post you would see that this year we were found by LA director Phillip Briggs who asked us to come and work with him while he was filming in Kerry. We were blown away to have even been asked. It was such an incredible honour and we can’t wait to share the imagery with you once the film has hit Cannes (later this year!) and the Oscars! I know its incredible and so exciting!

On the 25th Feb we went to the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. We joined with our friends in the wedding industry for a fantastic night out at the Brides of Kerry awards. We wanted to let our hair down and hit the dance floor as our “quiet season” still hasn’t started yet, and to be honest I don’t think it will happen at this stage until next year.

Dave & I enjoyed dinner and entertainment before sitting back to watch the awards. Many of our friends won awards for their contribution to the wedding industry. My voice was beginning to give way from all the cheering!

We seemed to have sat at a lucky table with Jacks restaurant winning, Annette O Brien (Make up artist), Tricia O Sullivan (Hair and Make up), Noreen (Travel Counsellors) and the Kerry Cake Company all taking home awards.

Then it came to “Wedding Photographer of the year” and guess what?   WE WON!

I really couldn’t believe it! We stopped entering awards a few years ago and we’re surprised to have even been nominated for this.

Then for our clients to vote in their masses and decide that we deserved it really blew me away.

Thank you again, we are truly grateful. We had such a great night dancing to the fantastic Pat Fitz band and celebrating with our fellow suppliers.

The Kerry Wedding Industry has such a range of fantastic (and mad) suppliers, you would be crazy not to book them and support local!

Tara x

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