In case you missed the memo, it’s family portrait season! I absolutely love this time of year. Every weekend when I come home from a session my husband asks me how it went. A trailer quickly fires off in my mind replaying the chaos of the previous couple of hours and I reply, “okay, I think.” In the moments of screaming-crying-please-sit-still-smile-stay-don’t-run-play-nice-sighs-of-defeat, it’s hard to tell if it was a success or not. But Allison has been through this before. This is the third time I’ve photographed her family and she knows just how to survive a family photo shoot. And having survived over ten years of family photo shoots myself, I thought you might find my “How to Survive a Family Photo Shoot” guide helpful, if not entertaining. As a bonus, this is a great survival guide for life in general, as well. Enjoy!
How to Survive a Family Photo Shoot
- Take a shower and wash your hair. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful. Appreciate your soft, round middle and tired yet smiling eyes. Do not be shy about the fact that you have cleavage and really great shoes.
- Ask for help when you need it and remember patience is a virtue.
- Breathe. You’ll need to be comforted and reassured over and over again–how could you not? You were meant to be loved, so let it in. Inhale. Exhale. Breathe.
- Play whatever game your kids are playing. Stop apologizing. Stop explaining. I’ve seen it all before.
- Don’t hold back. Allow yourself to be ridiculous and feel joy. Put all your energy into the place where your heart is leading.
- Play your favorite song on your iPhone, set it for repeat, and dance to it like no one is watching…or everyone is watching.
- Submit to the chaos. This can be terrifying and uncomfortable but there’s nothing to do but ride it out. It is critical for you to understand that there is no wrong move here and the powerful energy around you is going to happen with or without your blessing.
- Let go of all your assumptions. You don’t know how this adventure will play out and you are not in control. Face the moment with eyes wide open, unafraid, knowing that love is all that matters and everyone is working towards a happy ending.
- Smile. Let your eyes say everything. Shine.