Here’s the thing about kids: they never stop growing. Shocking news, I know. I’m sorry I had to break it to you. The good thing, though, is that the changes they go through aren’t unnoticed. You see them daily and with a good family photographer, you can record those milestones.
Nathan here. I’m half of the humans of Porter Loves Photography and the photographer behind it all. There’s a family I have been photographing for almost 12 years. Through the magic of film, I have watched their daughter go from a baby to a toddler to a big sister and it’s been an absolute honor.
The wonderful thing about consistently being there to photograph the family is a benefit both on the family’s side and on my side as the photographer. The family gets better photos because I’m able to establish a connection with the family and get to know them closer as friends.
A dedicated family photographer…it isn’t just for royalty anymore! Here’s why you need to take photos consistently as a family.
As I’ve mentioned before, it takes some kids a long time to warm up to a stranger, especially one holding a metal box to his face. Half, sometimes even more, of the first session with children is always about them. I like to take the time to introduce myself, get to know them, share what we’re doing together, and observe them interacting with their family.
Kids are just trying to figure out the world around them and some are more reluctant to open up to new experiences than others. In the subsequent sessions, they already know me. They know what the expectation and situation is going to be, so their brains can relax a little; they aren’t trying to “figure it out” anymore and they can just enjoy themselves.
Because I know their personalities, I can easily manage them in front of the camera. Each session is better than the one before because I already have that knowledge of how they act. I know what the kids look like before they’re about to genuinely smile so I can capture that better.
I think of it this way: you can read a person when they walk in the door and get a decent photo that way. But if you sit and watch them for half an hour, you can observe their mannerisms. A photographer is able to get a much can take a better photo because you’ve been able to see their mannerisms.
Being a repeat family photographer means we can plan better for future sessions. Rachel and Scott do this with me before every shoot to take away as many less-than-ideal factors as possible. We’ll know to avoid a certain part of the park because the kids weren’t into the swings last time or remember to bring extra snacks to stave off the mid-day grumpies. For as prepared as I and the family can be, the session isn’t always 100% ideal. There’s always something that can be learned from for the next time.
There’s also the connection that I’m able to establish with the children. At a past photoshoot for a family wedding, the couple’s son was throwing cards and he gave one to me. You best believe that I’m bringing that card to the next shoot we do with their family.
Last, but not least, having a dedicated family photographer to take repeat photos of your family means that you’re going to get some incredible perks and products. Every family gets digital files after our session together and you can order as many prints as you want; however, that’s just one day of photos.
When we have an ongoing relationship, we can make collages and albums with years of sourced imagery. We can take the same photo in the same spot and see how your children are growing. You can also have an album of all the family events without having to do any work. An album of your baby’s first years without having to lift a finger to make it? Sounds ideal to me!
When you work with a dedicated family photographer and consistently get together for family photos, you can see the changes in your kids and your family overall. Most importantly, you can mark those changes in the photos we take together. You can remember what was happening around the time the photo was taken.