Five MUST-HAVES for Summer Family Photos

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

I always wondered why some people tend to have a surplus of beautiful photos for their families, and others, well, don't.  I have absolutely no knowledge of photography, but I've always taken an interest in it.  This summer, I bugged my siblings into taking some group shots.  I listed my five MUST-HAVE things below for a successful shoot:

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

1. Professional Photographer - This may seem obvious, but truly the quality of a professional camera is going to be totally different than the quality of an iphone.  I found $100 photography sessions on special and went with that. 

Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

2. Wardrobe Coordination - The easiest summer theme is white t-shirts and blue jeans.  That's what my family went with, but you could really do anything.  The only thing to steer clear from is being too matchy-matchy.  Find different necklines, different textures, different lengths of clothing so it doesn't look cheesy.

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

3. Props - I used our animals and some cheap balls I bought in Ramadan (read the article about that here) for props.  They truly add to the mood of the photographs.   

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

 4. Venue - I'm big on nature.  I think the best summer shoots would be ideally in a camp-groundish area, or by the beach, or a lake, or even just a majestic tree like the one pictured in my yard.  Notice we deliberately left the green grassy foliage untrimmed to give it a nice woodsy feel.  I love it.

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

5. Mosquito Repellant - Don't say I didn't warn you!  By the time we finished, those of us who wore mosquito repellant (like yours truly) were merely drenched in our own sweat.  Those of us who didn't, on the other hand, wound up not only sticky and sweaty, but also looked like they had chicken pox. 

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

Nashville, TN ~ Summer 2013

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