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Tips for Getting Dad in the Family Photos!

Getting the entire family together for a photo can be a lot of work! Getting everyone together and getting everyone to agree on the where, when, how is no small feat! We’ve previously talked tips for getting the uncooperative kids to behave, but in honor of Father’s Day, let’s talk about the fact that sometimes the one misbehaving is a super annoyed Dad who doesn’t want to be in the photos.

Getting Dad to buy-in doesn’t have to be painful, and can actually be fun. Here are my best tips for getting buy-in from Dad.

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1.  Let him know that he only has to be in a few and we’ll let him sit it out and listen to his football game (or go to the cooler for a cocktail)! We seriously run into this in the fall, when golden hour and football games collide! We get it Dad … we know you want to know the final outcome of the game. When we photograph families, we always break up the family into smaller units, i.e., mom with kids, dad with kids, kids alone, etc. Be sure and let dad know that we can work it out so that we can get some of him with the whole group, and then he can sit it out and watch the game on his iPhone!

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2.  Did someone say cocktail? By all means, if having a cocktail or a beer will help Dad to relax and be happier, let him go to the cooler and have one! As long as he doesn’t overdo it, we could have a happy camper on our hands.

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3.  Let him pick the location. If Dad is balking about participating in the family photos, make it fun by letting him pick the location. If he is in his happy place, its sure to show through in the photos.

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4.  Let him pick his own outfit.  We did a photoshoot just this weekend, and the Dad and son had on matching, rather colorful shirts. The mom told us that they shopped together and picked them out on their own! The look on their faces when they told me about the outfits made it clear that it was a bonding experience, and one that will be a special memory every time they look at the photos.

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5.  Finally, and most importantly, be sure to let him know how important it is to you, and to the whole family. For the most part, just communicating that documenting the family for the sake of capturing the memories will help gain his understanding and cooperation.

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    Can my pet be included in our photo shoot?

    According the National Pet Owners Survey conducted in 2021-2022, seventy percent of U.S. households, or about 90.5 million families own a pet. Our fur babies are often thought of as members of the family, so it is of no surprise that we are often asked if pets (usually dogs) can join the family photos. And the answer is … yes! (We are New Orleans’ pet friendly photographers and we’ve even heard a rumor that Marianne speaks dog!!)  We are happy to have your four-legged family members join in, with a few caveats.

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    Dogs are welcome, but bring a handler just for the dog!

    The main thing that we ask is that if your dog(s) will be joining the family shoot, especially if we are at a park, that a handler be brought along just for the dog. When we shoot a family session, we shoot many different images and poses in order to give your family the best choices for a final product. Experience has shown us that when dogs are involved, we are limited in the amount of images we can get from the family. If you think toddler attention span is short, doggie attention span is even shorter. By allowing us to set up the family shot and get what we need with the dogs included, we can then give the dogs to the handler, and proceed with getting more and varied images for the family.

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    When giving the dog to the handler, be sure that your dog is on a proper leash and that the dog is used to following commands. Having the the dog break away in the middle of the shoot can be upsetting and create undue stress! Remember Rule #1: It’s gotta be FUN! Other than that, your four legged fur baby is welcome to come along and help make memories with the whole family!

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    Want more info on setting up your family photo shoot with ALL your family members?  Fill in the form below and we’ll get right back to you!

     

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      Rule #1: It’s Gotta Be Fun!

      City Park Family PhotographyThere was an Instagram post making the rounds last week that featured a photo of a beautiful family sitting blissfully in a field, and the caption underneath said:  “What actually went down:  14 trips to Old Navy, SO . MUCH . SWEATING. A super-annoyed spouse. Children losing their freaking minds. and mom swearing like Samuel L. Jackson in pretty much any movie.” There were over 22,000 reactions, and it was rather hilarious because it was so relatable!  Everyone wants beautiful family photos, but let’s face it, its a lot of work!  We know that and recognize that, so one of the things we try to our hardest to do is to make it fun! Actually, we have a saying:

      Rule #1, its gotta be fun, because you know what?

      You will remember how you felt when the photographs were being made.

      It is beside the point to have a gorgeous photo of your family hanging on the wall, and every time you gaze upon it, you think, “dang that day was miserable!”  The whole point of capturing photos of your family is to save and relive the memories!! So let’s try to break it down to see what might make the experience a little more enjoyable!

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      First off, try to understand that stressing about the photoshoot will only makes it worse, thus creating a vicious circle!  Instead, try to find a photographer that is going to take some of the stress off of you, and trust their professional judgment.  When we are working with a family to plan their session, we will ask questions to help us find the best spot for their shoot based on the family’s personality and hobbies.  Often the first question I ask is, “what do you guys do for fun as a family?”  If you tell me you like bowling, we’ll go to Rock N’ Bowl.  Tell me you like boating, we’ll plan something around your boat.  See where I’m going with this?  This should be fun!! Basically we will plan to make the shoot as personal to your family experience as possible.  Often shooting at the family home is about as personal as it gets!  In and around New Orleans, we often default to the French Quarter, or one of the many parks, including City Park, Audubon Park and the Zoo.  Letting your photographer guide you as to the best spots for your family, and trusting their judgment on the best time of day to capture the best lighting, or knowing when there might be crowds, is invaluable in taking a big chunk of the stress off of you!

      Dress like you’re all going to the same party!

      Once you decide on a place for your shoot, finding outfits for the whole family can be nerve-wracking.  Getting everyone’s outfits coordinated will definitely have a big influence on the final outlook of the shoot.  Something to keep in mind, and even more important than making sure what colors are being worn, is that everyone looks like they are going to the same party.  It can be a dressy party, or a casual party, but it needs to look like the same party!

      I always advise that the mom (who is about 90% of the time the one doing the planning) should find an outfit that makes her feel beautiful and comfortable and it should be her best color.  Once you have that outfit in place, coordinate the rest of the family around that color. Now you have a game plan and you can head out to Old Navy with your color palette in mind.  Have fun mixing and matching patterns and textures with your chosen color to add visual interest to your images! And don’t forget to shop your family’s closet first to see what pieces are already in your house!  You might be pleasantly surprised!

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      Try to just let them be …

      OK, you’ve made it through choosing a location and you have your outfits planned.  Woohoo, congratulations!  You’ve tackled some of the hardest parts and now you just have to show up and have fun!  Aaaaannnnnd, your kids suddenly become uncooperative!  This is the part where trying not to stress is really important. Threatening the kids with lost privileges or (_______ fill in the blank with how you threaten your kids) only makes them dig their heels in and become more pouty.  We have a whole arsenal of games and activities (and Steve has a few jokes) that have gotten really good results.  Sometimes, depending on the age of the children, they just need to warm up. Sometimes teenagers just need to be reminded how important these photos are to mom.  Sometimes the one misbehaving is a super annoyed Dad who doesn’t want to be in the photos.  Its OK … he only has to be in a few and we’ll let him sit it out and listen to his football game (or go to the cooler for a cocktail!)

       

      The most important takeaway here is that giving the family room to be who they are naturally is what’s most important, and ultimately will keep things low key and fun!  And every time you look at that photo we made that is hanging on your wall you will remember the love you shared and the FUN times you shared together!

       

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        Third Time’s a Charm at Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights Museum // Stephanie + Nick, Married

        The first time Stephanie and Nick tried to get married, their wedding was postponed just days before it was to take place, due to Covid. It was rescheduled for the following year. The second time Stephanie and Nick tried to get married, there was still no dancing allowed at weddings, and they decided to postpone once again. The THIRD time Stephanie and Nick tried to get married, well, truth be told, they were already married by this time, and had their beautiful baby girl in attendance with them at the fabulously fun, high energy dance party that took place at Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights Museum. Emotions were high and a lot of sighs of relief were breathed as the couple finally got to celebrate their marriage.

        The wedding party got ready at the historic Hotel Monteleone, then the couple met for their first look in Exchange Alley.   Many thanks to the kind folks at the Michalopoulos Gallery who helped us to hide Stephanie away until we could get Nick in place! After the first look, the family joined for formal portraits, and then the real fun began as the entire party took a circuitous second line route around the French Quarter from the Monteleone to the Bevelo Museum. Even sweet baby Nora joined in for baby’s first second line!

        When the wedding ceremony began, since Stephanie and Nick were already married, they opted for a handfasting ceremony rather than a ring exchange.  It was truly beautiful and touching. And once the knot was officially tied, the dance party they had waited so long for officially began. Congratulations to the new Pressler family … we know that this will be an everlasting love!

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        Vendor Love:

        Bride’s hair and makeup: Axis Artist Salon
        Bride’s dress:  David’s Bridal
        Dress designer:  Zac Posen
        Get Ready Venue:  Hotel Monteleone
        Wedding and Reception Venue: Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights Museum
        Flowers:  Heather Chevalier
        Catering:  Jacques Imos
        Cupcakes:  Court’s Cakery
        DJ: SDJ Entertainment

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