Whether you have been having yearly family photos done since your kids were newborns or it has been a while since you’ve gotten in front of a camera, there is never a time your kids are too old for family photos. It can be so easy when the kids are babies to want to capture every detail and milestone, yet as they get older those “milestones” seem to spread out and maybe even life gets a little busier with sports and school activities. However, I’m here to tell you it is worth making time to have your family photographed right now, this year.
Family photos with older kids is still fun.
Although your older kids may protest a little about having their photos done, they will see a lifestyle family photo session is not so bad. The boys from this family session featured in this article weren’t super excited about having their photos done, yet found themselves saying that it was actually, “kind of fun” in the end.
I guide you when picking a location to somewhere the family can have fun together. Like here, the family threw rocks together in the river (a little friendly competition for who can throw it the furthers maybe?), they explored and played along the trail, and even brought along a soccer ball to show off their family’s favorite pastime.
A family photo session will capture your older kids’ personalities.
As our time together progresses and your kids let down their guard (because they are having fun), their personalities will start to shine. Those sibling relationships, and special dynamics within your family will come through. You may even get a glimpse of your oldest child looking older, yet showing a little of that young boy all at once.
My approach for family photos with older kids is similar to any other session.
I may not play peek-a-boo with your kids like they are 3, but I will encourage snuggles, tickles, sneak attacks, and maybe even big wet kisses from mom. I take time out for classic portraits of each child giving moms plenty of options for photos to hang on your walls and show off to family. I also take time to photograph mom with her kids and dad with his kids.
The kids “help” take photos of just mom and dad together.
Parenting is hard work. It is wonderful and crazy and a wild journey, so let’s celebrate you. You’re still laughing together, let’s capture that. The kids always love when mom and dad are in the spotlight, they can step aside, or they can make funny faces at you to ensure you’re smiling.
Your kids will cherish these photos down the line.
I try not to get too dark on here, but I know that I will not be around forever. I hope that my children see the photographs we took the time to have done and be so grateful they have pictures with me and their dad. I want your kids to have the same gift from you.
Having family photos with your older kids taken is something you will never regret.
It may feel overwhelming trying to pick a date that works for everyone’s schedule (with soccer practice here, gymnastics there, and football season starting again too!). It may seem impossible to get your teenager to wear something that coordinates with the family for pictures. However, I promise you, having your family photos done is something you will not regret. As you flip through your album (the custom 8x8 lay flat album that is included in your session) you will see YOUR family and smile knowing it was all worth it.