Family Photo Shoot – Lessons Learned
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Lessons learned from first family photo shoot via Click it Up a Notch

I had the pleasure of doing my first family shoot last night. I have photographed my family (which I will share some lessons learned from that later…I know you can’t wait!! :O) and my sister’s family but it is a whole other thing when you photograph someone else’s family. One of my dear friend’s had her in-laws in town for a visit, so I convinced her to let me take some family pictures. I’m SO glad I did!! Here are a few lessons I learned!

1. I DO like to photograph other families! This was a surprise to me. I LOVE photography but I thought I only enjoyed shooting my own family. I always got stressed when a friend would ask me to take pictures of their kids or something. I had such a great time! The hour went by so fast and I wasn’t nearly as nervous as I thought I would be.

2. Having a “secret” is a great way to get kids to get excited about the photos. At the end of the shoot, I called the kids over to get the last few photos. I told the kids to run over and tickle their parents, but it was a “big secret.” They got such a kick out of it and wanted to keep taking pictures. I had them sneak up and give kisses. You could come up with as many “secrets” as the kids are willing to do.

3. No matter how hard I try, I still crop feet! Oops!!

4. I LOVE Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3!
Seriously, if you don’t have Lightroom, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??? They also have an educator/student discounted version. It is the exact same one just WAY cheaper!! I love the things I can do to photos. Check out this before and after!!

5. Sometimes it is the not so perfectly posed pictures that are my favorite. I love this photo because it is such real life. You know how much I love capturing real moments.

6. I love capturing relationships! There is something special about capturing that connection between two people.

7. Don’t forget to capture kids being kids! A photo shoot isn’t rainbows and butterflies the whole time for kids. Sometimes they just want to play with a sea shell :O)

Thanks to my friend and her awesome family for letting me go picture crazy on them (took 800 photos)!!! I had such a great time!

26 Comments
  • Jessica
    November 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    You shouldn’t have admitted that you LIKE shooting other people, now you’re going to have people beating down your door to take their picture!! :)
    They are all great, of course! Love the one with the couple on the beach!

  • November 18, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    These are great. I really love them.

  • Trisha
    November 18, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Of course you know how much I love them & I’m thrilled to pieces w them! I’ll be thanking you every other day for at least the next few months. I really can’t thank you enough!

    • November 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM

      It was my pleasure!

  • Erin
    November 18, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful family! Trisha is such a sweetheart!!

    • November 19, 2010 at 9:41 PM

      Thanks, Erin!! The silhouette you did for her is AMAZING!!

  • November 18, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Gorgeous Photos!

  • November 18, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Lovely pictures, lovely lessons!

    Your lightroom before and after is VERY convincing. Beautiful shot!!

    • November 19, 2010 at 9:43 PM

      Lightroom is worth every penny, especially if you can get the education discount!! Thanks!

  • November 20, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    you are so so right !!! some of my favorite shots are the not perfectly posed ones either – i think i relax when people think I am not “shooting” them –
    i love capturing people when they aren’t expecting me too
    great post as usual.

    • November 20, 2010 at 11:02 AM

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

  • November 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Gorgeous photos!!! Do you know if you can just buy the Lightroom student/teacher edition or if you somehow have to prove you really are a student or teacher? Thanks!!!

  • Emily
    November 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Love the pictures. Love your blog :)

  • Tanya Monroe
    May 13, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Awesome pictures Courtney I think I see money in your future doing what you love. Also on your time. Great job. Love and can’t wait to get light room..still trying to figure the adobe elements 12. I got being impatient lol

  • Dawn
    May 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I love these!

  • May 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    I love the secrets idea- I’ll have to try that one sometime!

  • Stuart Wilson
    May 14, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    I like the “secrets” idea. Don’t tell your mommy.
    My mother in law always asked before shooting…
    “Do you want heads or legs, you can’t have both.”
    She was a wonderful woman.

  • Foos Mom
    May 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    So how DID you do that sky enhancement in Lightroom? :)

  • Jeanie
    May 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I looooooove Lightroom!

  • May 14, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Aw, Trisha has such a beautiful family…and don’t knock the purple sky, I actually love that look occasionally for a fun hyper stylized shot ;)

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