Tips For Taking Family Pictures at JcPenney Portrait Studios


mom and sonI love photography and I’m always thinking about our family photos. A family picture doesn’t happen often unless it’s one of those snapshots where me or my husband reach our arm way out in front of us. We end up taking at least 20 shots before we decide one must be "good enough."

I plan to take my family to JcPenney’s Portraits Studio for a professional photo session that’s longer than my husband’s arm. Our son is going to be 2 in a couple months and I want to remember how we were in this special time in our lives.

I can remember a few times as a kid, dressing up to go to the photo studio for professional photos, for some reason it felt much like getting ready for a wedding. It shouldn’t be so worrying! I’m sure many families out there can relate- there seems to be a little pressure the morning you decide to go to a professional for a session.

Here are some tips for taking a bit of that pressure off:

  • For littler kids, try to schedule the photos after a good nap. No one wants to be in bright lights when they’re tired and cranky!
  • Bring along a "prop" something familiar to them to make them more comfortable. This makes for a little personal touch to the photos.

Outfit Coordination Tips:

  •  When deciding what everyone should wear for your family photos, remember the goal is to have everyone complement each other, but not be too "matchy-matchy."
  • In group shots, try to coordinate colors. They don’t have to all match in style or shade, but work together as to bring the attention to the facial expressions, where it belongs.
  • Layers also allow you to add dynamics, color, and depth to your photos. Don’t be afraid to wear a fun scarf, necklace, neck tie or hat! Accessories are always great.
  • JCPPortraits’ photographers may suggest a full-length pose. Make sure you coordinate portrait clothing from head to toe.

More ideas of what to wear..

  • Try to avoid wearing patterns, they can clash or be distracting. Solid tops and bottoms look best and bring the focus to your face(s)!
  • For children, it’s best to have them dress in timeless styles, rather than play clothes or shirts with writing or graphics. These photos will be ones you want to proudly display.
  • Wearing clothing that is close to the background color also brings more attention to faces and is more flattering.
  • Don’t mix casual and formal styles of clothing
  • Darker colors are more slimming than lighter ones
  • Simplicity is key

Most important- Have Fun! It’s noticeable when someone genuinely smiles, so try to relax and be genuine!

Through the month of April you can capture this time in your life with JC Penney Portrait Studio for a bargain. $20 gets you 6 traditional portrait sheets (mix and match size and images) as well as one free $9 sitting fee. Six sheets for $20, people.

That’s cheaper than a large pizza for the family and lasts a whole lot longer, too!

Head on over here to grab the coupons and get ready to smile!

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of jcpenney Portrait Studio. I was asked to create a Pinterest Board and pin at least five (5) pins. I give jcpenney the right to repin any or all images/original content from this board. I received a promotional item as a thanks for my participation.


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