Friday 5 July 2013

Friday Five: Outdoor Photoshoot Tips

I recently blogged about our family outdoor photoshoot with Natsuki, and I thought it would be a good idea to share 5 tips I found useful in preparing for ours:

1. Timing: Pick a timing to shoot when the sun's up, but not too hot. Natural light is your best friend. Remember to consider your child's naptime, so he/she won't end up being cranky. It's best not to have it done during their usual naptime or right after they've just woken up and during.

2. Sunblock: Remember to apply sunblock for yourself and your kids. It's "just 1 or 2 hours, but your skin's still exposed to the sun so it's best to protect it.

3.Theme and props: It would be great if you and your family could think of some themes for your photoshoot. Helps you get into the mood, and also in your choosing of props. I found it useful to go on Pinterest and even do a simple google image search for some inspiration. Some photographers will provide basic props, so if you don't have time to get any that's fine. If you do have the time, and don't want to be the same like everyone else, bring or even make your own props. You can easily find props from things you have at home or at stores like Daiso.

4. Co-ordinate: I find that it's nicer to co-ordinate outfits with the rest of your family. This doesn't mean that everyone has to match and be wearing the exact same shirts, but more of colour or style co-ordinating. Perhaps Dad could wear a blue polo, mom in a blue dress, and son wearing a blue pair of shorts. Or everyone could be wearing shorts/sneakers.

5. Last-minute is a no-no: From my experience, it's never good to leave things to the last minute, especially when you've to deal with kids. Go for that hair cut the day before, plan your outfit before you go to bed, and make and pack your props early. This is especially if your shoot is early in the morning and is a distance away. You don't want to end up rushing and getting flustered and unhappy cos it'll just show in the photos.

Hope those tips help, and don't forget to bring along some bottles of water and even some snacks. It's gonna be hot outdoors, so you'll need to hydrate alot. Snacks are useful just in case the kids get hungry or bored. Last but not least, don't forget to have lots of fun!

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