Think Out of the Box for your Next Photo Session

I might be a little biased, but I always think it’s a great idea to have family photos taken.  When you get them taken every year, it’s a nice way to see how much your kids have changed and grown.  It’s also a great way to get mom in the pictures because 9 times out of 10, she’s the one behind the camera.  While the posed shots with everyone smiling and looking at the camera are great, I’d like to give you some ideas to help you think out of the box for your next photo session.  These ideas are full of fun and can add a lot of personality to your family pictures.

Play your favorite sport.  Are you a pretty active family?  Do you enjoying playing sports together?  Let’s meet at a baseball diamond, tennis court, basketball court, your backyard to capture the family together playing something they love.

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Go for a hike.  Is going for a hike your family’s thing?  Let’s take a walk in the woods to enjoy the great outdoors.  Find caterpillars, catch butterflies, appreciate Mother Nature.

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Fun at the playground.  Do your kids LOVE the playground?  Going down slides, being pushed on a swing, hanging upside down from the monkey bars…they all lead to natural smiles and a lot of laughter.

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Play in the snow.  You might not think winter is a good time for family photos, but it is!  Snow just waiting to be built into a snowman or a fort is a great reason to get the family all bundled up.   Make snow angels, have a snowball fight, and then come in for some hot chocolate.

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Go fishing.  Grab your fishing poles, some worms, and let’s catch some fish.  The look on your child’s face when they reel one in is priceless, so is the moment of them proudly holding their trophy catch.

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Apple picking. Apple farms are a great way to show your kids where apples come from.  And, being able to pick apples straight from the tree is a pretty big deal when you’re young.  Pick a bushel and enjoy.

Pumpkin Farm.  Pumpkin farms have so much to offer these days.  Pick a pumpkin or two, go on a hay ride, drink hot apple cider.  There are a lot of little moments that turn into big memories.

We all scream for ice cream.  I don’t know many kids, or adults for that matter, who don’t love ice cream.  Let’s go to the local ice cream parlor and pick out your favorite flavor.  It’s ok if things get messy.

County Fair.  Does your family go to the county fair every year?  While it’s still cool for your kids to hang out with you, capture the memories of going on rides, playing carnival games and winning life-size stuffed bears, eating cotton candy.  County fairs have everything, so the possibilities are pretty endless.

The Pool.  When the temperatures rise, can your family be found in the swimming pool?  Cannonballs, water wings, little goggles, and a game of Marco Polo all add up to a great time.

As your kids grow up, they’re going to remember the fun things you did together as a family – not necessarily everyone sitting on a blanket, looking at the camera, and smiling.  Thinking out of the box for your family photo session will help preserve what makes your family,  your family.

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