The Importance of Planning for Summer Family Photos

Summer is a great time for all things related to family—it’s a time when children are out of school, the weather is great, and family vacations abound. It is also a great time for you to think about scheduling your family photos. If you haven’t planned them yet, here are some of the things you want to think about as you’re preparing to have JayLynn Studios photograph those priceless memories.

05.14_Summer Family PicsThe Right Location

The great thing about taking summer family pictures in Utah is that there are virtually endless possibilities for great locations for the photo shoot. However, there are definitely some important things that you need to take into account before you plan it.

First, if you choose a popular destination for family photos, you want to make sure that you plan it for a time when you can have it (mostly) to yourself. There is nothing more frustrating than having to wait around while several other large families are taking pictures—this leaves too much time for your children to get restless, clothing to get dirty, etc. Consider planning the photos for mid-week if possible, or doing it earlier in the morning or later in the evening so you won’t run into too much traffic.

Second, it can get very hot in Utah in the summer, so make sure you plan someplace where there is enough shade that you won’t see beads of sweat in the pictures, and you won’t have to deal with harsh shadows.

Coordinating Schedules

Summer is usually a very busy time for families, and planning around family vacations, summer camps, and other activities can sometimes be stressful. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you set aside some time just for the photos. If you are already having a fun family get-together, like a reunion or some other event, talk to your JayLynn Studios photographer to find out if they can come to the event and you can get pictures taken while everyone already has the time set aside. This is great for extended family pictures, since coordinating multiple schedules is always difficult.

Picking What to Wear

Coordinating your summer photos in advance means knowing what you will want to wear. Summer brings plenty of colorful backgrounds, so try to keep your color selection to a minimum. Start with some neutral colors, like beige or white, then have one or two accent colors that you can coordinate with the whole family. With the warm weather make sure that people are properly covered with sunscreen and hats, if necessary.

The Perfect Timing

Timing is also important in the summer. While there is more daylight, you won’t want to be taking pictures in the middle of the day because of the heat and the potential for casting shadows. Instead, plan early morning or later in the evening photo shoots with your professional family photographer in Utah for the best lighting. Of course, coordinate it so your children are well-rested and not hungry as well so you get happy, smiling photos.

Summer is a great time to take family pictures in Utah, so contact JayLynn Studios today to schedule the best Salt Lake photographer for your next photo shoot.