SHOOTING DAY IS TOMORROW!

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BREAKFAST. Eat a good protein rich breakfast, so everyone is satiated & happy.

SNACKS. If we are on location, bring along a snack and drink for the children & a picnic blanket.

PREP YOUR HOME. If we will shoot in your home, try to clear away a corner near a window. I often use the family bed as our background, use only solid color bedsheet. Best choices are neutrals like white, beige, or grey. Stay away from bright strong colors or any patterns.

FEEL & EMBRACE. We encourage you to embrace whatever mood you feel during your session. Feel free to relax, laugh and have a good time.

BE YOURSELF. Portraits are best when everyone is being themselves. So just let your kids play and be themselves too. I sometimes like to take a few moment time alone with them, and goof around with them. Because you know how kids are, the more you tell them to smile, the faker the smile. We want real emotions.

PRETEND I AM NOT HERE. It’s important to remember that just because there is a camera pointing at you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be looking at the camera. Sometimes the strongest images are created when you are interacting with one another and enjoying a moment as opposed to posing.

I am looking so much forward to our session and creating beautiful memories for your family.

LOCATION, LOCATION

If you haven’t decided on the location of your shoot yet, now it is time to brainstorm where you want your family to be photographed.

I think for a family portrait with small children (age 1-5), the best is to go to your favorite park for a walk, or in your own home. The kids have way more fun being outside and can roam around, they can be free and happy. Also these photos will bring you back lots of beautiful memories years down the road.

For older children (6 & up), who can take directions and sit in front of a backdrop, they are suitable for a studio setting. Depending if you want some photos by yourself, usually, moms love this precious “Me Time”, getting their hair & makeup done, then we shoot some single portraits, near the end of the session, their family can join in. If that’s what you want, we can arrange that.

We are extremely blessed with beautiful surroundings in Basel. I have some favorite spots which I go back time and time again with my families for picture perfect backgrounds.

I look for places which have not too many people, so you feel comfortable. I look for interesting doors, textured walls, greens, flowers. If you look around just in your area, you will find many cool spots to take a family portrait.

Kannenfeldpark

Schutzenmattpark

Grün 80

Meriangarten

The Rhein

St Albantor

So while you are deciding where you want to go for your shoot, keep these points in mind. And give me suggestions and ideas where you would love to be photographed.

10 DAYS COUNT DOWN

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Your shoot is coming up in week! I got a few more tips for you to prepare for your family portrait.

HAIR CUT. If anyone one in the family need a hair cut, be sure to do this at least 7 days prior to the shoot to allow a fresh cut to settle. If it's a new style this will give you some time to get used to it - although, any drastic hair style changes are not recommended right before a photo shoot.

PRESS & HANG. Knowing you, you have already finalized everyone’s outfit. Well done! Make sure you have pressed everything. I recommend hanging them in a garment bag instead of folding them. Please send me some snapshots, I love to see the outfits and give you a final ok.

NO NEED FOR PROPS. It is not necessary to accessorize your session with props and toys unless it has already been discussed as an integral part of your session. We create timeless portraits that are natural, relaxed and pure, and we find that keeping themes simple allows for real moments, expressions and interactions.

I can’t wait, see you in a few days!

9 STYLING TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY PORTRAIT

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1. MOMS, YOU COME FIRST
WARDROBE. As mothers, we dedicate ourselves to our family, do you also forget about yourselves sometimes? You pick out the perfect outfits for everyone, and what about you?

Don't just pull something out of your closet that only looks "alright". You need to feel and look AMAZING in your family portrait!

I suggest picking something out that looks gorgeous on you, then plan the rest of the family around THAT! It is already hard enough to get yourself IN the photos, so when you are finally in them, you want to feel and look amazing. 

MAKEUP & HAIR Depending where you want your shoot and how much time you have. If we are on location, you have small children and want to go straight to family portraits, we probably won’t have time for a full hair & makeup. So do your hair & makeup yourself, a bit heavier than usual. But don’t worry, I will give you a touchup before we start. You should be looking your part as the queen of the castle!

If we are in the studio, then we will first take care of you, you arrive first and enjoy pampering hair & makeup. Then the family can join in near the end of the shoot.

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2. COORDINATE COLORS
Pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that fit in that color scheme. Your outfits do not need to match but should go together and share a similar color palette. Also, avoid red, neon color, orange, or bright pink. See my Pinterest Board for get the creative juice going.

3. COLOR SCHEME OF YOUR HOME DECOR
Are you a fan of bright fun colors? Are you more earthy and neutral? Because you will be displaying these portraits in your home you want to certain that the colors of your clothes go with the color scheme of your home.

4. ACCESSORIES
I personally like a bit accessories, not only they add to your outfit, they can be really fun to use in a session. Have your husband or son wear a tie for the mom to pull them in for a kiss. Necklaces for the children to play with or hats to play a mysterious look. But no need to go crazy.

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5. LIMIT PATTERNS
Some patterns can be fun, but definitely, it is a no go for everyone on the photo to have a different pattern, it may distract the final image if everyone is wearing something with patterns. I would keep the pattern to minimum, so we focus on your faces instead.

6. SHOP IN COLLECTION
It is always a good idea when you invest into a session, you might as well go something new and in the season. Not only will the clothes be sparkling clean and pressed, you can also take inspirations from their latest collection, if you have more than one child, it will be way easier to buy clothes for all your kids from one store. Their outfits will for sure be coordinated. And saves you lots of time too!

7. PLAN AHEAD
Once you have booked your family session, begin to plan the wardrobe straight away. You may think that certain dress might fit, or that outfit is clean, but if you wait until the day of or the day before the session, you may have an issue of fitting (kids grow so fast!) it might be dirty or needed to be iron. So don't wait until the last minute!

8. STAY AWAY FROM LOGOS & CARTOON CHARACTERS
Your little girl loves her Elsa shirt, but you should try to hide it before the session. Logos and characters on shirts can be very distracting.

9. THINK TIMELESS
Lastly, these portraits will be on display in your home and treasured for years to come. So think simple, classic outfits, they will give your family portrait an overall timeless feel.

Do you need more ideas on what to wear in family photos? Check out my Pinterest boards for some more inspirations.

When you have all your outfits together, get everyone to try them on and send me a few snaps! I would love to see your outfits.

Thank you so much for reading through all the tips. Have fun with it. You are creating a heirloom which your family will cherish, I congratulate you!

Please let me know if you need any help on deciding the outfits. I am here to assist you in anyway.