McCormac Photography

Family Session Information


1)How long is the shoot?

Photo shoots are typically 30-60 minutes. Just enough time to get some great photos and before the kids can say "are we done yet".

2)Choosing clothing?????

Pick your clothing in advance and make sure that your outfit choices are comfortable and attractive.  Make sure there isn't one person dressed formally while the rest are casual or vice versa. Try to stick with similar or complimentary color families or fabrics (everyone in pastels or earth tones for example). Fabrics with texture such as knits, denims and sweaters photograph beautifully. Please avoid logos and cartoon characters. Adding fun accessories like scarves, headbands, hats, etc. can add a modern twist and sassy flair to your images.

3)It's hard to smile when you're hungry and tired.

Do not schedule your photo session around your child’s nap or bedtime.  The best time for lighting is the two hours before sunset and after sunrise. We can always do photo shoots in our studio.  Don’t show up to a photo shoot on an empty stomach.  I meet many families who come to a photo session with dinner scheduled at the end.  If this is your plan, be sure to give everyone a healthy snack before the photo shoot.

4)Be sure to leave plenty of time to get ready.

Making sure that their family is dressed and ready.  Leave plenty of time for showers, baths, dressing, and grooming.  When a family shows up to a family photo session rushed and disorganized, it sets the tone for a rushed and disorganized session.  Give yourself extra time so that you are ready before it’s time to head out that door.

5)Ask the dads to be cheerful participants.

Dads, please cheerfully participate.  I know that many dads dread the family photo session, but fathers, please understand how important capturing your family is.  These images will be left as a legacy, when your children are grown, with families of their own some day. Family photos are treasured forever and they are so important. Once you see your happy wife and amazing photographs, you will be so glad that you gave this time to your family.

6)Leave the cheese at home.

Please, parents… leave the “cheese” at home.  Cheese is for many thing but not for photos.  Yelling and demanding young children to look at the camera to smile will only stress your children out and will result in strained, unnatural and often unflattering photographs.  Step back, and allow our photographer  to naturally interact and talk with your children.  This will result in natural, gorgeous smiles.  Help the photographer capture the true essence of your child’s personality by talking with and coaxing out those smiles naturally and easily.

7)Let's have fun.

Don’t be afraid to pick up your children and toss them in the air.  Give your wife a sweet kiss on the check.  Tell your husband how much you love him and appreciate him for being there for your family.  Have fun.  Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Embrace.  Kiss.  Snuggle.  Play.  Doing these things will allow us to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family.   Show us who you really are, so that Dan can capture your love through his lens.

8)Bring an activity that you enjoy doing together as a family.

Incorporated an activity that the family loves to do together.  This gives you something to do with your hands and feet, engages the little ones, and brings an authentic smile to your face.  Do you love to read together?  Bring some books. When families are engaged in doing something that they love together, your photographer will have the opportunity to take some beautiful and authentic photographs.

9.NOT everyone has to be looking and smiling at the camera at the same time.

The best photographs are often the ones where everyone is engaged or interacting with each other.  Understand that not every picture needs to have everyone looking at the camera and smiling at the same time.  If you are engaged as a family and loving on each other, your eyes will be on your family members and your smile with be natural.  These are the photographs that you will cherish most because they depict your family connection and your love.