I diy-christmas portraits last year. I should have done the e-pics because the pro I hired did a horrible, beyond horrible job.
And, you know what is amazing: i kind of do this for a living but with kids..I take school pictures..so it’s totally different.
I will admit, it’s kind of hard.
Invest in a tripod and a remote trigger because they help a lot. For our christmas portraits I did just poses because it was hard to time it right to get something candid. That is what I wanted for my e-pic: more candid than pose…but it didn’t come out like that and it is one of the reasons why I hired a pro.
Relax and laugh at the goofiness: I got stress out because he wasn’t ready with the timer went off and wasn’t smiling good..or something..and I should have just laughed it off. We did get an amazing shot, but it took forever and I was ready to throw the camera at him!
Research what moments you want to create: it’s hard to come up with poses and that’s coming two people who are very creative and I didn’t think it would be a problem. I thought I could have a few in mind and come up with some in the area…but, I found out my fiance is completely non-helpful. lol.
I would do them outside. You really don’t have to worry about lighting like inside. If you have your own or a working studio: take no mind to this..but I’m approaching this like you don’t have that stuff. I woulld scout out parks because there are so many things you can take pictures with there..swings, slides, lakes, gazebos, flowers, trees, monkey bars, benches, picnic tables..etc..etc.
Bring props: they were fun and that’s the one way I could get my fiance to have fun and get creative with the pictures.
Really anything/everywhere can be used to pose a photo..so keep your eye out for cute places/things to pose on.
I think that’s about all..I’m trying to think of other problems we ran into…hope it helps.