Family Picture Time

Now is the perfect time of year. The weather is beautiful, the leaves are changing, and it’s the perfect setting for family pictures. So find a photographer, pick some outfits, and get ready to grin.

You don’t have to spring for an expensive photographer. There are plenty of budding professionals out there who are looking to build their portfolios. So ask around. You’re sure to find someone who knows what they’re doing, who’s also in your price range.

Now, for the outfits. You don’t have to spend a fortune. You may not even need to shop. That’s because the days of “everybody grab a denim shirt” are over! You don’t have to match. In fact, please don’t! You’ll get a more interesting picture if you’re all wearing something different. Some splashes of the same color here and there can add continuity, and patterns and layers of clothing add depth and texture. Yes, the days of all solids are over, too. Just avoid stark white because it’s distracting. Almost all other colors are a go.

Let the photographer take care of getting everyone to smile. Just focus on yourself, even if your kids are looking in all different directions. Just keep smiling and let the photographer get everyone’s attention because if you try to get a kid to look and smile, that’s two people not looking. Nobody wants a picture of you trying to turn your baby’s head.

It really is a golden time of year. Remember it forever with a great family picture.
- Sara

Sara Wigington, Author