We have done a lot of family portrait sessions, engagement sessions, with a lot of families across the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are looking to get a portrait session or new photos soon, we will help you plan ahead with your professional photographer, location, what to wear for the session etc.
A portrait session is a great way to get a new family portrait, maternity shoots, share the exciting news about your engagement, or even just to update your Linkedin profile photo for a business headshot.
Having done numerous portrait sessions we have gathered enough knowledge and experience and created these tips to help you get most out of your portrait session:
1.) Where should I have my portrait session?
It comes down to what kind of look you are going for. If you are going for a beachy look, green park etc. These types of things will help you narrow down on the location of your portrait session.
Here are some popular locations for a portrait session:
Home : Highly recommended for newborn photography as babies can get fussy in new environments and these sessions can take longer than any other type of portrait session.
At a local park : For local parks just make sure to double check if there is any photography permit required, as this will be an extra fee - approximately between $20-$100. Some popular locations for portrait sessions : http://www.eversnap.photos/blog/top-10-locations-for-family-photo-shoots-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area
Rent a studio : This is recommended if you want a shoot with backdrop and lighting.
2.) What time should I book my portrait session for ?
If your portrait is indoors, time is more flexible, and can be almost anytime throughout the day.
If its an outdoor shoot, we recommend either in the morning (before noon) or late afternoon to get closer to golden hour and avoid harsh sun in mid-afternoon (ideally from 4 pm until an hour before sunset). In summer, 5 pm would be best.
Sometimes, too much light works against the photos and can make you uncomfortable during the session (so high noon is not recommended).
3.) What do I wear for my portrait session?
Best clothes to wear to your portrait session (hint: Keep it simple, Coordinate and Plan ahead)
When you have multiple people that will be in the family photos, coordinating what you'll be wearing is a great idea.
For example : If one family member is going to wear patterns , avoid having the whole family or team in patterns.
For more tips on what to wear for family portraits, check out our blog : http://www.eversnap.photos/blog/5-tips-for-what-to-wear-in-your-family-photos