Northern Virginia Family Photographer | Woodbridge Family Photographer | When to Schedule Family Portraits
Are you confused as to when you should schedule your family's portraits? Children go through so many different stages in life, it's hard to determine the best time to photograph them professionally. Between work, school, after-school activities, church, and other functions, it's hard to chisel out time for family portraits. When I speak to clients about their last family portrait; on average it's been more than 5 to 10 years. So these are the most obvious questions.
Should I have family portraits done every three months? Once a year?
When and how often to schedule your family pictures depends in part on whether your family is continuing to grow. However, there is no right or wrong answer to these questions. I believe you can never skip stages in life (because so many different things happen) that should be photograph, especially during the first year of life. There are so many different developments during the first year of life, that's it's important to capture them before it's gone. As quickly as each stage arrives; it disappears.
Many families tend to wait until spring or fall to have their family portrait done, but anytime of the year is a great time. Winter time in the Northern Virginia area is great for snow; Spring is the time for Cherry Blossoms, Summer is the time of the Golden Hour, and of course there's the beautiful autumn colors.
This is a helpful table illustrating when and how often to schedule family portraits. Explore the stages below to learn more about what I'm able to capture during each stage of your child's development. Contact us to talk further about your next session!
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