Family Photos

How to Capture the Life and Light of Your Family

Article by Camille Paterson

Photography by Life N Light Photography

Originally published in Bellevue Lifestyle

Family photos can be some of the most challenging and rewarding of family events. Bellevue Lifestyle interviewed Life N Light photography to get their unique perspective on how to capture those special moments you will not only enjoy in the moment but also for years to come. Life N Light takes a heartfelt, unique team approach, with multiple hands on the set to ensure every detail is seen and taken care of for you. Their heart is that you would not only love the end result but also look back on the entire experience with fond memories. Their tagline, “Where a unique mix of talent and vision collide to capture life in perfect light,” perfectly describes what they do.

To get the best family photos that fit your people and personality, they recommend using a place that has some kind of meaning or value to your family. It may be at your home, in your yard, at a vacation cabin, at a special park or on ski slopes. Where would your family feel most comfortable, and what has some significant meaning that you would like to have as a keepsake? If nothing comes to mind, think about your family's overall personality. What kind of scene or background fits your unique style? What kind of background would go well with where you want to place the photos? If you’re still not sure where you’d like to take the photos, you can contact them, and they will listen to what is most important to you and find the best place.

For the perfect light for your family photos, they suggest starting about an hour before sunset to get a variety of lighting for that perfect shot. When asked what they love about doing family photography, Jay Hendrickson, the company's founder says, “Every family is so different, and everyone has different chemistry. It has been fun to see how each family interacts and help them create memories they will love for life.”

You will not go wrong by working with Life N Light for your family photos. They have given some of their favorite locations, styling and posing tips on these pages to ensure the life and light of your family is captured.

Styling Tips

—Dress for your surroundings, with the season and your location in mind.

—Think complementing outfits, not matching outfits. Try picking a color palette for everyone and choose simple, timeless pieces with complementing styles or levels of fashion.

—Consider where you might like to hang the photos in your home and what style or colors would work best there.

Posing Tips

—Trust your photographer. Something they ask you to do may feel awkward, but they are professionals and know what will look good.

—Be yourself. Let your family energy naturally come out and do things to let your guard down and have fun even in the midst of all the moving pieces.

—Never force it. Do not force kids to do what they do not want to. Make sure to come with everyone fed and in as good of a mood as possible to allow your family's chemistry to take place naturally.

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