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Summertime Family Photo Session Tips

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and book your summertime family photo session!

The warmer weather and longer days provide ample opportunity to capture some beautiful memories. In fact, some of the best family photos are the ones that capture natural moments and personality. When everyone is relaxed and having fun, that’s when we can get some amazing shots. Naturally, the summer months are perfect for this.

Here are a few tips to help you take great summertime family photos.

1 – Plan Your Summer Photo Shoot

Get everyone involved and excited about the photo shoot. Decide where you would like to do the shoot and what you’ll be doing – whether it’s playing on the beach, biking through the park, or enjoying a backyard barbecue. The key is to capture genuine smiles and laughter.

Even better if it’s something that everyone enjoys like sailing, swimming, and so on.

2 – Choose a Location

It’s important to choose a location that will be flattering for everyone involved. Naturally, here in Orange County, we have so many beautiful places to choose from – beaches, parks, and more!

A park or beach can provide a lovely backdrop, but make sure to avoid areas with harsh direct sunlight. This can create harsh shadows and squinting subjects. Instead, look for a spot that is shaded by trees or buildings.

Be sure to take advantage of natural light. If possible, take advantage of the golden hour right before sunset for the most stunning light.

3 – Get Dressed for the Occassion

Be sure to dress everyone in coordinated outfits. This doesn’t mean wearing matching outfits necessarily, but it does mean wearing colors and styles that are complimentary.

Solid colors tend to work well, and it’s good to avoid patterns or logos that might be distracting.

4 – Be Prepared for Your Family Photo Shoot

Make sure everyone is comfortable. If your kids are starting to melt down, it will show in the photos. Take breaks as needed so that everyone can have a chance to cool off and relax.

Be prepared with snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy and hydrated. A grumpy kid is not going to make for a good photo!

5 – Take Advantage of Natural Beauty

Here in Orange County, we have so many naturally gorgeous locations. From a Catalina sunset photo to strolling on the endless sandy beaches in Huntington Beach to the gorgeous trails of Crystal Cove – and everything in between!

These naturally beautiful locations help add to the photography. We can take advantage of natural props such as flowers, foliage, or ocean waves. These all add a pop of color and help your subjects stand out from their surroundings.

6 – Have Fun!

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Let your personalities shine through and enjoy this special moment with your loved ones.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have a fantastic summertime family photo shoot and capture some great summer memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’re interested in getting your own summertime family photo session, please contact me. I love this time of the year because it’s so perfect for getting the best shots!

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