Busy is the word, and I always suggest taking time each year to plan a portrait calendars. It doesn’t matter what time of year you start this, but taking a look at where you are in life with your family/children and making a decision on when professional portraits are best each year is a great way to get those memories at a time that works best for you and for your budget.
Here are some great times and milestones that will mean the most to catch with professional photography:
1st year: Maternity, Birth-3 weeks, When your child starts sitting up, when your child stands, first birthday
Youth: Formal portraits yearly(if you would rather have beautiful images vs. school photographs), Awards and recognition portraits when they have major accomplishments (this is confidence building).
Yearly: Family portraits, children’s favorite interests portraits, special outfits for holidays or from special family members, siblings portraits. Parents… the most un-photographed couple and it is one of the most important to your children~make time for formal portraits of just the two of you every few years at least.
Generation portraits: children with parents and grandparents, mother or father & child portraits, grandparents with grandchildren, and formal portraits of grandparents.
For you: Update business portraits every 2 years (yes, get rid of the HS photos on your LinkedIn page!lol), make-over or boudoir portraits because we all need to feel extra special once in a while – and we also need something to look back at to remember what we were like – and your children will cherish photos of you throughout the years too.
Wedding: Yes of course – but also consider formal portraits with your gown when you have made some time and space without the hustle and bustle of the wedding day.
Love: Celebrate… anniversary, birthday ~special places & memories.
And although I could go on and on ~ start picking through the most important things for you on this list and start plugging them into your personal calendar and making your appointments… you can always re-schedule closer to a schedule date.. but if it’s not on your calendar then life gets busy and these very important times get pushed aside. Make it real, and set up your portrait calendar.
Need help? We have a yearly portrait planning date at the studio – it’s absolutely free, and booking with us personally is not required. I just want to help you get on track to great memories that don’t go missed!