DIY Family Photography

photographer-checking-his-camera-lomo-cool-photography-timeline-coversWith spring in full swing and a number of family oriented holidays around the corner, it is the perfect time of year for family photography. Unfortunately, everyone (especially the abundance of spring brides) thinks so. If you are having problems finding a date that works for a professional photographer and all the people you love, take matters into your own hands, head over to the Ranch Compound and use the creative spaces and stunning backdrops to create some memories on your own.

Step 1: Bribe ’em! Kids are notoriously unaccommodating when it comes to photography sessions, especially those lasting more than three minutes. A post-session smoothie or milkshake from COOP’s may be just the ticket to keeping them calm and collected.

Step 2: Pick out coordinating outfits. Be sure to avoid graphic shirts, busy patterns, and matching outfits.

Step 3: Set the date and time. Plan to shoot for 30 minutes or so and start an hour to an hour and a half before sunset for the best lighting.

Step 4: Pack your camera gear. You will need to have a camera that has a self-timer or a remote trigger. A tripod is very handy, but not a must.

Step 5: Make it happen. Group your family together and have one person focus the camera and get the self-timer set up or the remote trigger working. Then play silly games to get your family interacting and having fun and shoot away!

Most importantly, don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy having everyone together and remember that there is no better time to document your family than right now.