Not that kind of photo session, folks! This is a family website! We went to Washington DC this weekend to visit family. My dad and stepmom were in town from Germany for work so we flew up to see them for a long weekend. My sister and her family just recently moved to Virginia Beach so they drove the three hours up to visit as well. The four cousins hadn’t seen each other since June and it has been much longer since the grandparents had seen all four cousins together. Before the visit, we had planned to do a photo session to update our very out of date pictures of everyone together. We had planned on doing the photo session somewhere on the grounds of the Homestead Farm, but unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas. We didn’t want to wait to take the pictures because we would run out of days and soon it would be time to go back home. We thought about the hotel lobby, a covered area in a park, and many other options. We settled on taking the pictures in the hotel room and we are so glad that we did. A picture of my family sitting on the hotel bed will hang in my living room and will not only remind me of this particular trip but will also be symbolic of the many trips we have taken as a family and the many more hotel rooms we will be staying in!
Beautiful hotel rooms are perfect for impromptu pictures! This particular hotel room has a beautiful head board and a big fluffy white down comforter that made for a gorgeous background. The lighting was soft and the windows were plentiful.
My dad, stepmom and the four grandkid cousins:
My sister and her husband (they are still newlyweds!):
My sister and her family:
Me and my sister:
A few things we learned during our photo session:
- Snap the “everybody look at me and smile” picture first. Then let the kids goof off!
- Utilize the natural lighting coming into the hotel room through the windows. Place your subjects near the windows.
- If the sun isn’t shining, most hotels have soft lighting. Turn on the bedside or table lamp.
- Don’t worry about rearranging furniture to suit your purposes. Just be sure to put it back in its proper place.
- Take a look at your background. Make sure that you are not going to have to edit out cords, lamps, luggage or half a picture that was hanging on the wall. Some editing is good, especially if you know what you are doing. We took a few pictures that were beautiful but we just couldn’t edit some of the stuff out of the shots so they are not fireplace mantle worthy.
- Some of the best pictures we got were when the kids were having fun just being kids!
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