We loved this session. A large, happy, fun family at a favorite gorgeous location in Mountain View. The Wong family so enjoyed one another and it completely showed. We just wanted to capture some of that love.
There are very few times when entire families get together and having a professional photographer document the people and the generations interacting is wonderful way to celebrate the reunion.
However there are some things to keep in mind that can make everyone comfortable in front of the camera and insure you will get amazing images that you and your family will treasure for years to come.
Let people know a photographer will be there especially if you are going to have more traditional group portraits. A good photographer knows poses that can take lbs off, know lighting that will make you look awesome and can do it all while ensure you are having a fun time). If people know there is going to be a portrait they dress (or bring a change of clothes) that make them feel comfortable and confidant being in the image.
Providing a list of the more formal image groupings to your photographer ahead of time. Let your photographer now how many family groupings you want and who is in them.
Let people know the time when the portraits are taking place and plan it early during the event. This makes sure everyones is there and then frees them (especially parents with children) up to do whatever activity they would like to do with out worrying about getting sweaty or dirt.
Let the photographer do what they do best. We alway welcome ideas and advice. We truly enjoy having our clients input and thoughts. However capturing events and families is what we do.