Post # 1
Hello, all. My husband’s family want to do a family portrait at a studio in the mall this coming weekend. I’ve agreed to it, even though I really dislike studio portraiture. So it will be his parents, his sister, brother-in-law, two nephews, our baby, and the two of us. Anyone ever do a big group studio session like this before? What can I expect? I anticipate a whole lot of confusion, crying babies, misbehaving toddlers and frustrated adults.
And what should I wear? If I’m going to have to be in these pictures, I at least want to look good.
Post # 2
I wouldn’t stress too much about it. Yes, the baby and toddlers might get upset if it goes on too long, but many photographers are good at distracting them or getting them to smile. The session shouldn’t last all that long, anyway.
I’ve done big groups before, and it usually goes pretty quickly. I don’t think it will be as bad as you expect, honestly.
As for what you should wear – check to see if they’re wearing a “theme” (some families do matching outfits, like khakis and white shirts, or jeans and black shirts, or whatever). If not, I recommend solid colors… and maybe talk to his sister to see if they’re planning formal outfits (dress) or more casual clothes (jeans or skirt).
Post # 3
I did this with a fromer BF a decade ago. It was weird and the pics were horrible (as one would expect from mall studios).
I don’t get along all that well with my fiancee’s family and our wedding family photos are going to be a pain in the neck. I’d recommend a shot before it all starts to loosen up.
Post # 4
CherryA: We did this when my son was an infant. We arranged it as a surprise for my MIL and FIL. The photographer came to their home on Christmas Eve when the whole family was gathered together.
Their daughter (my ex’s sister) had been diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and the outlook was not positive. As a nurse I knew that they would love to have a picture of her when she was still happy and healthy.
The photographer was great. The kids were fine. We simply made sure the little ones were well rested and fed,brought some toys with us and things went well. The photographer also did some single shots so they would also have one of just her.
You can check with your MIL to see if she has any preference for what you wear, otherwise just dress up a bit.
It doesn’t take that long, so paste a smile on your face and be happy that you can gather together as a group.
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies and reassurane that it won’t be as bad as I’m anticipating.
WanderingAlbertan: That’s some solid advice. Might have to hit up the bar at the Cheesecake Factory beforehand.
Post # 6
CherryA: My mom used to make my brothers and I do this every year in matching outfits when we were growing. One year my mom thought it would be a good idea to put our huge dog in the picture. Well the dog decided he didn’t want to be in the picture and booked it out of the studio and was running around the mall. It took like a half hour to wrangle him in. At least it won’t be that bad!