Visiting Kerry Stitch at Indigo Tones was a huge step for me in this process. After a lifetime of buying clothes I never wore, her statement of, “You like to dress like everyone else” was strangely liberating. Now I am at peace with my relationship with Eddie Bauer. I admire skirts, dresses and lace from afar.
Your family portraits follow this same principle. Your images should represent your family’s personality.
There are essentially three different styles of family portraits:
1. Formal. Rebecca packed my kitchen for me when we moved. I offered to do portraits for her as a thank you gift. She loves, loves, loves formal images which are generally not my thing, but I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to hear a heartwarming rendition of “Mama has a big ole’ butt, oh yeah.”
2. Natural – this is about 90% of what I end up doing. It’s my personal favorite.
I overuse this image, I know. I think it might just be my favorite family image of all time ever.
3. Sessions that incorporate an activity. I don’t see a ton of this, but I think it’s awesome to explore some fun activities during a session. If you’re an off the beaten path type of person, check out this Pinterest Board:
Remember that it’s okay to appreciate someone else’s spunk without feeling like it needs to be yours. At the same time, if you’re a spunky type, be sure to let loose!
The next and final step is Smile.