I have avoided getting our family pictures done for years. The thought seriously terrified me. In fact the last time we got a family picture was about 7 years ago.
Well, I finally bucked up and made an appointment. Time to face my fears head on. What would we all wear? What if my kids don't behave or smile? What if the weather is bad? What if I put all this money and effort into pictures and non of them turn out?
Luckily, it did all work out. No, my kids did not behave despite the pleadings and bribes of ice cream when we were done.
The trick was having an awesome photographer. He and his wife worked magic with my kids. They were so patient and full of ideas to keep everyone happy. And, he was quick to get a shot the split second it happened. I was shocked when I got my pictures back that half of them turned out well.
Not only is he a professional, but he's affordable. One of the most important things to me, when picking a photographer is that they will sell or give you a digital copy of all your pictures at a decent price. My poor sister had her family pictures done and they looked amazing, but she would have had to pay a fortune to get digital copies. We always joke that the photographer was holding her precious family memories ransom.
For our clothing, I was able to pull most of our clothes from our closets. You might recognize a few things I've made.
I found THIS great post about how to dress your family for pictures. It's all about having everyone compliment each other, but not be "matchy-matchy." I shows how to use layers, textured clothing, and pops of color to create a great photo.
I was not paid or given anything to promote RLT photography. I just think he is that awesome. If you live in Utah you should check him out HERE.