What to Expect During an Our Everyday Photo Session

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Occasionally, it can be tricky to go into a new situation if you’re unsure of what’s going to happen. We find that many families, especially with young children, like to explain what everyone can expect when we join your family fun during an Our Everyday photo shoot. This way, everyone is aware of what’s to come. As we’ve mentioned before, we want your family to have fun and make memories. It’s a lot easier to relax when you know how and what to prepare.

We can’t emphasize enough that we want you to be comfortable. Many times, we’ve found that young kids can be shy, and sometimes even wary, of the camera. We totally understand that big cameras and new people can be scary! If that becomes apparent early in the session, we take some time to let everyone warm up to our presence. Just explaining the equipment and spending a few minutes to get to know everyone makes a world of difference.

The second thing we can’t emphasize enough is that we want you to be natural. As such, we’ll tend to stay out of the way and let you and your family play, explore, and interact while we’re there recording it for you. Think of us as your family’s personal paparazzi, capturing everything without getting in your face!

We may suggest a few activities or locations as they present themselves, but we strive not to force situations that just don’t work out. Instead, your family has free reign to do what feels natural. We’ll also look for opportunities that provide the best chance for fun, natural photos.

Along with capturing your family having fun, we take a lot of pictures. Because of that, you can expect to see a variety of compositions that you wouldn’t be able to do yourself with a camera phone or a selfie stick. While those are great for spur of the moment situations, these photos are an investment and our equipment (and, of course, expertise) allows you to get the best possible shot. Not to mention, everyone will be in the photo since we’re the ones running the camera!

Now, here’s something that we expect from you: open communication. Input from you is awesome! We love when you want to “direct” the shoot. After all, we’re there to capture your family having fun. If there’s something you want us to be sure to commemorate on film, please let us know. We’re happy to listen and we’re always flexible to adapt to new circumstances.

While the actual photos will vary from family to family, our process for taking them is fairly constant. From all of our Our Everyday photo sessions, you can tell that the family in front of the camera is relaxed and comfortable. We find that when you and your family is prepared for the session and know what to expect, that relaxation and natural fun comes out a lot easier! And after all, that’s when the best memories are made.