How to feel confident for your family photos
Obviously, I feel strongly about this from a theoretical standpoint.
But let’s say that even if you’re on board and you’ve set up your session, you’re still feeling nervous. That’s fair! Here are 3 things you can do before your session to make sure you feel like your happiest, most confident self the day of your photos:
Rushing breeds stress, so don’t plan a bunch of activities for the same day as your session. Put some music on in the house, have your outfits already picked out, and enjoy the process of doing your hair and makeup! You don’t have to be glammed up, you just need to feel good.
Most photographers will tell you to wear something you feel confident in, which is great advice, but because our session s are active and full of interaction and play, I feel like fun is the real goal with your outfit. I feel confident in high heals, but I’m not gonna rock those for my family session playing at a river. Choose something with a vibe that makes you feel flirty, playful, feminine, happy. Something you put on and it feels like you can spend all day in it – comfort is key!
Look in the mirror and push all the negative thoughts aside. Put on your 5-year-old daughter’s eyes for a sec and see yourself from her perspective. And remember that your attitude is what makes you shine.
Not saying you have to be happy 24/7 – but beauty comes from the soul. Do that work and it will show. One last thought on the WHY: Last spring, I had a family book me for photos as an extended family — grandparents, their children, and their grandchildren all together at the grandparents’ home. Our session was set for about a month and a half away, but before we could meet, the grandfather suffered from a sudden heart-attack and tragically passed away. I’ve also had 3 sessions in the past 2 years where the mothers were recently diagnosed with cancer.
As Audrey Hepburn famously said: “Happy girls are the prettiest girls.”