4 Tips for Planning an Adorable Family Photo Shoot - 1st Birthday Cake Smash

Pink frosting, bubbles floating in the air and a super sparkly birthday candle...oh and the adorable twin toddlers with their baby sister in her tutu. Can we get any cuter?! I mean seriously! haha We love photographing the Frick family because they always WOW us with their adorable styling. The Frick family's photo shoots always turn out so beautifully because they follow along with some of our favorite Seattle family photo shoot planning tips:

  1. Pay special attention to color palettes; the color of your clothing can coordinate with the props and scenery. You'll notice in the Frick family's cake smash photos (see below) that they thought about color themes (pink and gold). They have outfits that are all slightly different but still complimentary - their clothes have patterns but not logos or graphics. The twins match which is always cute. 
     
  2. Take time before we arrive to think about the types of photos they want. Do you want to be indoors, outdoors, running around, standing still, tickling, throwing kids in the air, cuddling etc...This makes it easy for us because we everybody is on the same page - we know what they're expecting and we can put all of our photography attention into creating that for them. They had an agenda for their shoot - start with pictures of the kids playing, grab a picture of the whole family together, take pictures of snack time followed by blowing out the birthday candle on the cake, the smashing the cake to pieces, then washing off in the bubble bath tub. This step-by-step outline for their shoot is useful because it A) tells a story of what they did that day so the pictures are less posed and more natural and B) we were able to focus on having fun and taking pictures instead of figuring out what activities we should be doing. If you plan ahead of time you have more time for freedom and fun during your actual shoot.
     
  3. When planning your photo shoot, the more information you give us beforehand the better. Send us Pinterest photos, lists of poses you like, pictures of your outfits etc... We'll give you feedback to help steer you in the best direction. When we see pictures that are inspiring you we can tell you what time of day, which locations, which activities we need etc...
     
  4. Ask us for our advice. We have worked with over 600 Seattle families and we have lots of suggestions for what works and what doesn't. We can send you examples and help you figure out what works best for your family. You can always email questions to hello@thehappyfilmcompany.com

PHOTOGRAPHER: Chamonix
LOCATION: Private Residence