From the moment you find out your pregnant, you begin to look forward to all the new family traditions you will begin. Trick or treating, hay rides, parades, 4th of July fireworks, picnics, the list goes on and on. One thing my husband and I knew we wanted to make a yearly tradition was family portraits.
Not just pictures of the kids but of all of us as an entire family. I got the idea for this post from one of my BFFs Carrie. Carrie is a professional photographer and owns her own portrait studio. (Check out her work here. She is amazing 🙂 ) On her blog earlier this summer she posted an entry that was near and dear to my heart. Moms often put off or remove themselves from family photos because of being self-conscious.
Believe me I am the queen of being self-conscious. I don’t particularly enjoy having my pictures taken, and I tend to be overly critical of all photos of me. My face is either too fat or I look too pale or I look super tired. Despite all the self-doubt, we get our family pictures professionally done every year (or try to) since Fofo was born. Well, except when Fofo was a flower girl in 2 different weddings, one with Bear, so we planned on someone just snapping a pic at one of the weddings which of course we forgot. This goes to show the importance of making it a priority to take the photos.
I am super, super, super, super fortunate to have a friend who is a professional photographer and because she is amazingly generous we haven’t had to pay for any of the photos. I am so grateful to have so many fantastic photos of my girls from the time they were 6 weeks old.
I know everyone can’t afford to get family portraits done, but as a family on a budget I have a few ways you can save money on family photos.
1. Shop Around Do your research and ask questions! Ask in your local Facebook group or ask your friends who they use for a photographer. At certain times during the year many pros will offer a mini session at a lower rate. It’s an awesome oppourtinty to get quality photos at a fraction of the cost.
2. Find a budding photographer All photographers have to start somewhere and many will jump at the opportunity to build up their portfolio. It will be a minimal cost to you (possibly free!) just makes sure you know and trust the person so you don’t get ripped off or are disappointed in your photos.
3. Ask a friend A lot of people have access to good cameras these days, so ask a cousin or friend or neighbor to take photos for you. This obviously isn’t the most professional route, but if money is super tight, and you can’t justify a professional’s fee, look up some poses and have a friend snap a few photos. The photos may not Pinterest perfect, but he important thing is you have photos of your family together.
4 Don’t be afraid to splurge Quality photographs from a professional photographer are an investment, and if you can afford it, DO IT!! I can not stress enough how much you will love, Love, LOVE the photos.
Don’t get me wrong, some professional portraits may be your mortgage for the month, while others are totally reasonable. You may be surprised, if you ask around! I really think families need photos together. If you can afford a pro, do your research and set up a session. You will cherish the photos. If you are unable to afford a pro, remember the important thing is you have a photo together. And with a little digging you may be able to find a professional that isn’t as expensive as you thought!
Above all else, get photos with your spouse. Without the two of you, their would be no family 🙂
Many thanks to Geno Photography for all the amazing photos. I hope you all enjoy them.