I adore capturing the love and connection within Mandeville families through beautiful family portraits!
A family photo session is a special opportunity to freeze time and create lasting memories that celebrate your family’s unique bond.
If you’re based in Mandeville, Covington, or the greater New Orleans area, I wanted to quickly share some tips on how to best prepare for your family portrait session, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.
Choosing the Perfect Mandeville Location
The location you choose for your Mandeville family portrait session sets the backdrop for your portraits and adds a personal touch. Consider selecting a location around town that holds sentimental value, such as a favorite park, your home, or a picturesque landmark.
There are lots of wonderful spots on the Northshore like Fontainebleau State Park, Fairview State Park, and Downtown Covington. However, nothing beats the studio property on Military Road in Covington. In provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your photos that you can’t get anywhere else.
By capturing your family in a familiar and meaningful setting, your portraits will reflect the essence of your unique bond.
Wardrobe Coordination for Mandeville Family Portraits
Coordinating your family’s wardrobe is essential to create visually appealing and harmonious family portraits. The fun starts at your pre-session consultation and planning appointment. Here we will go over all of the details of your session and design different “scenes”. I like to think of each set-up as a different scene from a storybook.
You can start by selecting a color palette that compliments each family member and the chosen location. Aim for coordinating colors and styles, avoiding overly matching outfits. Your children can try on the many unique vintage clothing pieces and select the ones we will use for your session.
You can have several outfit changes during your session to add variety and capture different looks and moods.
Timing it Right
Choosing the right time for your Mandeville family portrait session is crucial. Consider the schedules and routines of everyone involved, especially if there are young children. Opt for a time when everyone is well-rested and content, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable experience.
Additionally, take into account the lighting conditions in Mandeville, as early morning or late afternoon sessions provide soft and flattering natural light for stunning portraits.
Also, remember to consider the weather! We have warm summers and it’s important to think about humidity, hot sunlight, and those thunderstorms that come through.
Typical family sessions take place in the evening when the light is the prettiest. We will start with studio portraits first then move outside under the oaks after the sun goes down.
Preparing the Little Ones for Mandeville Family Portraits
If you have young children, it’s fun (& important) to prepare them for the session. Talk to them about the upcoming family portrait session, emphasizing the fun and excitement.
Bring along their favorite toys or snacks to keep them engaged and content during the session. The studio is stocked with snacks and drinks. Patience is key, as children may need breaks and moments to relax. Sessions are not rushed and are very laid back. We will take all of the breaks they need. I’ll work closely with you to capture their genuine expressions and playful moments.
Embracing Candid Moments in Family Portraits
While posed portraits are beautiful, some of the most cherished family portraits capture candid, genuine moments.
I’ll encourage your family to interact, play, and laugh together, allowing me to capture the love and joy shared between you. These authentic moments result in heartfelt images that reflect your family’s unique dynamics and the love you share.
By following these tips, from selecting the perfect Mandeville location to coordinating your wardrobe, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience that captures the love and connection within your family.
Contact me today, and together, let’s create cherished Mandeville family portraits that will be treasured for a lifetime.