With about one month left before school starts again if you haven’t already booked your summer vacation, it’s time! As summer winds down, life is sure to stay busy.  Between beach trips, back to school shopping, and more it’s helpful to plan ahead before the normal daily routine falls back into play. It’s also the perfect time to get those family portraits done with plenty of time to order the family Christmas cards! Here are some quick tips to get the perfect vacation photos you can cherish for years to come:

Carve out some time during your vacation for your photo session. When else are you going to have the whole family in front of a beautiful, tropical backdrop? When you book your trip, go ahead and schedule a photo session while you’re at it. Make sure to plan your outfits ahead of time, too, so that you can pack accordingly.

Speaking of outfits… take our advice and ditch the white shirts and khaki pants. It’s better to focus on a color palette or theme, and incorporate small patterns for flair. Try to keep it casual and comfortable. When your clothes fit well and you feel good, it will be reflected in your photos. If you need more details on how to pick outfits for a family photo, we have another blog post on that here.

If you don’t have the opportunity to get everyone together for one photo, schedule individual shots for each of your children. It’s important to get professional photos taken at different milestones, anyway. Get some extra mileage out of that photo by using it on the Christmas card! You can create a collage that includes everyone’s own photo.

Be natural. There’s no reason to fret over taking a family picture. Sometimes, the greatest images are the ones captured when you don’t realize you’re on camera. Candid photos reflect a natural joy and glow. At Pure7, we try to help you relax so that you can look your best. Just have fun, and enjoy the time you’re spending together as a family.


Most of all, enjoy these last few weeks of summer vacation!  

Ready to schedule your session? Let us know your preferred date here.  We look forward to being a part of your summer memories!