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Photographing Families | Oconee County, GA

There are many things that go into photographing families – before, during and after every session. Let me take you behind the scenes a bit into a family portrait session!

The planning process of photographing families.

When you book a session with Yvonne Niemann Photography, I will send you a questionnaire to help me customize your portrait session for you. This mom stated that she wanted updated family portraits in a natural setting with flowers. Either blossoming trees or wildflowers. Preferably a field and nothing overly manicured. She also mentioned that she wanted assistance with her family’s wardrobe. Once I had all the information from her and what she was envisioning, I was able to start thinking of locations and what type of outfits to suggest. I knew, from the questionnaire, that where she would be displaying her images, those rooms had a lot of light gray and other neutral colors. With all of that in mind, I put together an inspiration mood board, which you can see below.

Family portrait inspiration mood board

The mood board included links to where she could find the outfits in the correct sizes of each family member. She ended up purchasing some of the exact items for her family and used the other pictures as inspiration when shopping. The peach dress her youngest daughter ended wearing is one they borrowed from the Yvonne Niemann Photography closet.

Photos of a family in a Spring field of wild flowers in Watkinsville, GA.

Location Scouting.

Location scouting is one of my favorite things when planning a photo session for my clients. Nothing like being in nature trying to find the perfect spot for what a client is envisioning. I did a lot of location scouting for this family’s portrait session. We were trying to get a location with either blossoming trees or a field of wildflowers. When the cherry trees and Bradford Pear trees were in bloom, they had other commitments with their daughter’s gymnastics. Luckily, after competition season was over, this field of wildflowers was in full bloom and the weather was perfect too. The fresh green grass and trees along with thee purple and yellow flowers made for the perfect setting. Their outfits would work with the the blossoming trees just as much as this particular field, so we were all set regardless of what was in bloom during the time of their session. Win!

Sibling photos in a field near Athens, GA.Teen boy photos in a field in Oconee County, GA.Tween girl photos in a field of flowers in Watkinsville, GA.Photos of a little girl in a field of wild flowers in Oconee County, GA.Showing the bond between sisters is important when photographing families.

Session Day.

The day of a photo session, I review everything my client and I discussed regarding their session. I make sure my batteries are charged, I have film and SD cards and all my gear is in working order and packed in my camera bag. I also bring treats and sometimes even little puppets to get the attention from little ones. For this family, the puppets were not necessary due to their ages, so I left those behind. I did bring a little emergency kit that contains things like bug spray, nail polish remover, a small brush, safety pins, hair spray, clear hair ties, bobby pins, wipes, lotion, etc… I always bring a tiny step ladder since I am only 5’2″ and need extra height many times during a session.

Photos of a dad with his children in a Spring wildflower field near Athens, GA.

The day before, I sent an email confirming our meeting location and time that also included a map that was marked showing where we would be meeting and the field that we would be photographing. When everyone arrived, we chatted for a bit and I gave them a game plan of what we would be doing. I do give direction to ensure everyone looks their best, but there is also a lot of play and and fun during the session too! Prompts and activities for family members to do are helpful to ensure we are getting natural and meaningful images.

When photographing families, getting images of dad with the children is important.

If possible, I like to get images of mom and dad alone together. For many couples, the last time they had professional images taken together was on their wedding day. Your love is worth documenting and celebrating all along the way!

When photographing families, make sure to get portraits of the parents alone.Portraits of a mom in a field of wildflowers in Oconee County, photos in a Spring field of wildflowers in Watkinsville, GA.

I always try to get as much variety as I can during a session, so even if we aren’t moving around a lot, there are plenty of images to choose from and will tell a family’s story. This tree was within the field we were shooting, so we utilized this area just a few yards away to change things up a bit and give a different feel to some of their images.

What to wear for Spring and Summer family portraits.Sibling portraits in Spring Oconee County, GA field.what to wear for your Spring and Summer motherhood photo session in Georgia.Spring family portraits in a field in Oconee County, GA.

After the session.

As soon as I get home from photographing families, I always make sure to download and back up all images from my SD cards. Cannot risk losing these precious images. The next work day, I begin culling, processing and fine tuning images.  When all the images are complete, I upload images to an online gallery and shopping cart. I then send directions to my client on how to access everything and help them with the ordering process. This family chose to purchase an heirloom album containing all the images from their session. I helped them select fabric for their cover, debossing choices and got a list of their absolute favorites to help me in designing the pages of their album. Once the album was designed, I sent a proof over for review and approval. Once approved, I sent the design to my vendor. Enlargements and framed pieces were also ordered for their walls. Once all orders came back to me, I looked everything over for quality control and once I was satisfied, I packaged it all up and scheduled delivery, which was hand delivered that very next day. They ended up getting a 12″x12″ heirloom album, which you can see images of below.

Heirloom album from a family portrait session in Oconee County, GA.

I hope these details on how I go about photographing families is helpful for you. I really try hard to make the experience a fun and smooth. I know that there is a lot of things that my clients do to get ready for their portrait sessions and while I cannot take all the stress away, I sure hope I can ease some of it and help out with as much as I can.

If you would like to book a portrait session, contact Yvonne Niemann Photography today to reserve your spot on the calendar. The session above was a Signature Session. Shorter Simplicity Sessions are also available. Inquire for details.  |  706.713.0676

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What To Wear Spring And Summer Family Photos

More than any other question, I am always asked by clients what they should wear to their family session. What you wear sets the tone for your pictures, so choosing your outfits can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! The most important thing to remember is that your clothing should reflect your own personal style, you should feel comfortable and wear what makes you feel good.


The most important thing to rememeber is that your clothing should reflect your own personal style, you should feel comfortable and wear something that makes you genuinely confident and happy. If you feel good, you will look good!  Choose clothing that gives you freedom of movement and won’t require a lot of maintenance throughout your session.


When you are picking a color scheme please bear in mind that these colors will be the colors displaying on your wall so you would like your images match with the interior of your house.


Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. You don’t want to blend with your background. If you want natural looking, relaxed images, dress in a way that’s appropriate for your location.


I recommend that you start by selecting a base of 2-3 colors and carry those through the outfits so that everything “goes” together but doesn’t match. Keep in mind that the colors you choose for each family member do not have to match, but they should look nice together. Mix neutrals with some accent colors. Neutral colors create a soft and elegant style, and will give your images a timeless feel.

Spring and Summer color palettes for photo sessions


My advice is to start with mum’s outfit first. This will set the pace for the rest of the family’s wardrobe. When you are choosing your outfit, try mixing it up with textures : tulle skirt, lace dress, denim jacket, etc…


Professional hair and makeup is a splurge but it is decision you will never regret. What better excuse to pamper yourself than a photo session? The more confident you feel with the way you look, the more relaxed you will be in your photos.

Check your finger nails, you do not want chipped nail polish because it can be seen. If you are wearing sandals, make sure you have a pedicure too.

Remember to iron the outfits. You are investing time and money into a custom portrait session, take the time to ensure everything has been reviewed.

Shoes are a very important part of wardrobe and they make the whole look cohesive Choose colors and styles that coordinate with the choice of your outfits. Steer clear of flip-flops, runners/sneakers, or shoes that are too worn out.


Below is a mood board for inspiration when shopping for your portrait session’s wardrobe this Spring. Click on the links to shop for exact pieces.

Spring Style board for family portrait session

Mama dress: Worth Collective (currently on sale for $68)
Girl dress: Zara (sizes 9 months – 6 years) – $35.90
Knit sweater: Zara (sizes 9 months – 5 years) – $25.90
Shorts: Zara (sizes 9 months – 6 years) – $22.90


Ready to book your portrait session? Both Signature and Simplicity Sessions are available. Wardrobe assistance is included for all clients who book a session with Yvonne Niemann Photography. Just one less thing you have to worry about! Inquire for details.  |  706.713.0676 Session availability is updated on Instastories regularly. Check it out HERE.

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Spring Family Portraits In Flower Fields In Georgia

The flower fields here in Georgia are in full bloom and make for a perfect setting for Spring portrait sessions. This family’s session a couple of nights ago was a dream. The weather was perfect, the landscape could not have been better and the subjects were such a pleasure!

Family photo taken in Spring flower fields in Watkinsville, Georgia.

This field is one of my absolute favorites in the Oconee County area. Love how it changes through the year, but the Spring season just has my heart in this setting. Love the lush greens in the trees and grass and all the pretty wildflowers that overtake this area is just divine. I also love how the sun glows and twinkles as it comes through the trees in such a magical way. There is truly nothing better!

This sweet mama had approached me in the winter regarding Spring portraits and she had mentioned another family’s session that took place in these exact flower fields last year. Luckily, she was able to get her images taken right where she was hoping. We worked together to plan wardrobe and timing of her session. We had to change the date a few times due to weather, but it was well worth the wait! Just in time for Mother’s Day too!

This field will be in bloom for a few more weeks, so if you would like images like this for yourself, just let me know and I’d be happy to discuss details and add you to the calendar. The flower fields currently have purple and yellow flowers. Pretty soon there will be white flowers too. Both Simplicity and Signature sessions are available.  Inquire for information.  |  706.713.0676

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