So I think I'm going to start a new series of blog posts because I have a feeling these are going to be the most entertaining of them all! At least once a year, the Odom family has an awkward family photo experience and learns lots of new tips and tricks so that we can pass those along to you so you can just totally rock your session! We're happy to have our little "test kitchen" photo session every year and hope you enjoy what we learn along the way!
A little about our family shoots - we bring several DSLR cameras and the kids are welcome to shoot all they want (on manual mode of course!) and play all they want too! We leave plenty of time so they feel like it's lots of play time and just a little bit of photos. Sometimes we use tripods and invite guests photographers to come witness our craziness. Some of our photos are blurry and have wonky exposures, but it's all fun and never the same adventure twice!
There aren't many things we do as a whole family throughout the year so this has turned into one of our family traditions that we actually all kind of enjoy! Maybe not quite up there with Christmas Eve at Nana and Papas house, but really no one complains too much.
Of course we were missing Blake on his mission in Rome, but figured with 10 out of 11 of us home for President's Day weekend, and not sure where and when Ashley would be going to college and not sure where Aubrey's research opportunities would be taking her this summer, we saw an chance for a "most of the family" photo opportunity and decided to go for it.
The weather had a big happy sunshine on it for the day - no rain - yay! We just weren't paying much attention to that number next to it - probably some number in the 40's or 50's but it never gets that cold here, does it?
I'll let you enjoy some of the photos first and then tell you what we learned....
SO NOW, OUR TIPS FOR YOU
We'll be sure to update the online family session planning guide 🙂
Tip #1 Don't plan a shoot when it's cold (like in the 40's) or super windy.
Don't just look for a picture of a sun on the weather forecast but look at the number next to it 🙂
Tip #1a If you must shoot in the cold, don't plan for your clothing accent color to be the color of your family's limbs when it's cold!
Hello dusty mauve!
Tip #1b If you must shoot when it's windy, don't wear a blouse that kind of looks like an inflated balloon in the wind!
Tip #1c If it's cold and windy out, bring along a cute little boy that you can take turns cuddling and getting warm with!
It'll look totally natural in the photos and you can have a chance to warm up a bit!
Tip #2 Don't get your car stuck in a ditch in the parking lot.
We had several days of rain right before so good idea to be extra cautious in dirt parking lots 🙂
I'll let Ashley tell you this story but thank goodness for very kind people nearby that helped tow her out. In hindsight, we should have called AAA, but this is a much better story!
Tip #3 Don't plan long shoots at a place without a restroom.
Boys, enough said.
Tip #4 If your son is on a mission so you wear a necklace with the place he's serving on it to include him in the fun, don't cover up the city so you can't read it.
ME, ITALY - you have our hearts 🙂
Tip #5 DON'T SET EXPECTATIONS TOO HIGH
We don't have much variety in the family group pose, partly because if we get too close to each other, there is either giggling or screaming (maybe even some kicking and flailing), but I thought for sure this year would were going to rock the big "HUG!" pose. How hard could it be? We actually practiced hugging each other beforehand and talking about how hugging wasn't painful and it didn't kill us. We could do this for 1 minute in a photo, right?
Enjoy the Odom family attempt at a hug....
It actually turned out pretty cute but TOTALLY not what I was going for.
A FEW THINGS WE DID RIGHT!
We decided on a place where the boys could have lots of fun playing horse shoes, climbing on wood piles, and even jumping in puddles (sigh).
We all slept at least an hour the night before unlike last time.
We didn't come to our session hungry like last time!
KEEPING IT TOTALLY REAL
As if this wasn't real enough yet, some behind the scenes snaps from the kids' cell phones...
And Sara, whoever you are, we hope you had a wonderful 18th birthday!
And yes, the family all said they would totally be up to trying the family photo again this summer when it's nice and warm and at the beach! So we may have a family photo blog post part 2 later on...