Tip to Capture the Best Family Photos This Summer

Tip to Capture the Best Family Photos This Summer
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Tip to Capture the Best Family Photos This Summer

Spring is in the air and summer is on the way and it’s the perfect time to capture the best family photos in our beautiful city. We sought expert advice to get the best family photos this season.

Great photography is an art – like a dance between shooter and subject, and the finished photos reflect that dance with simple, brilliant harmony. 

McKay Williamson helps families to create images that are not only personally cherished, but also creatively exceptional. They shared their top tips for the best family photos:

Set the Scene

Location is key. Before the shoot, have a think about places to explore on the shoot whether you stay at your home, visit a local haunt, or jet off to somewhere iconic.

Dress Code

Wardrobe is super important. What would you wear if you were going to lunch with Harry Styles? That’s your wardrobe for this shoot. Have fun and don’t take it too seriously. 

Hobbies and Props

Your shoot should reflect your family and what really matters to you, so why not bring some props? Whether you’re musical, arty, sporty or academic, show everyone what’s important to you.

Weather Alert

Bright sunshine is great for a picnic, not a photo shoot. Overcast days allow for softer light, which is more forgiving. This is why we go for Golden Hour.

Be Brave and Accessorize!

Sometimes it’s hard to let our hair down, but if you have a favorite hat, sunglasses, boots – anything – then bring it along and unleash the inner diva.

Getting Creative

Sometimes clients come to us with some really creative ideas for shoots. We love making ideas happen. 

Most Importantly – Have Fun!

Relax, enjoy your family time, and have fun! Don’t worry about the shots – just focus on spending time with your loved ones and doing the things that you enjoy.

New York Family also like to note:

  • The concrete jungle is our home so find a location that is special and meaningful to your fam
  • Prepare a play list to set the tone and help everyone to relax and have fun
  • Bring snacks (and eat beforehand) so everyone is full and happy
  • Be true to your family, show all the love, and let the good times roll and the camera will capture all of these special moments
  • Remember that less is often more – keep sessions short so it’s sweet for the whole fam.

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Play On! Studios

<p>Play On! Studios offers theater day camps and after-school classes on the UWS that are guaranteed to give kids a summer full of acting, music, and fun they won't soon forget! Young actors will rehearse and perform in a full production, work with professional NYC actors/teaching artists, build up their skills in a nurturing, non-competitive environment and play lots of drama games!</p> <p>Creative Drama Camps are perfect for kids entering grades K-4. Campers will work each week to put on a brand-new show! Each session, they will receive a script, rehearse a production, make a set and costumes, and perform their play. Kids will also play drama games, play outside (weather permitting), and have tons of fun!</p> <p>Musical Theater Camps are aimed at kids entering grades 4-9. In Musical Theater Performance Camp, campers put on a complete musical production in a professional NYC theater! Campers will stretch their skills with drama exercises and games, vocal coaching, field trips, and building a professional set. Our incredible teaching artists and campers come together to put on a truly remarkable show!</p> <p>During the school year, classes are great for beginners or more experienced actors - sing, dance, and put on a play! Whether your child is just starting out, or ready for Broadway, we’ve got the class for them. Classes are available for grades PreK-8, after school or on Saturdays! Come play with us.</p> <p> </p>

Young Actors at Strasberg

<p>Young Actors at Strasberg offers a comprehensive array of acting programs for students in grades 2 – 12. Classes provide kids and teens with a foundation in Lee Strasberg's Method Acting and the tools to succeed in the professional industry – all while maintaining a fun and playful environment. Programs are tailored to encompass students at all levels, from those just beginning their acting journey to Broadway veterans and professional child actors. Young Actors at Strasberg alumni include Lady Gaga, Sophia Lillis, Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Rosario Dawson!</p> <p>Young Actors Programs are available online and in-person at our New York Campus, located in Union Square. Saturday, After-School and Online classes are offered during the traditional school year (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and Monday through Friday day camps and intensives are held in July and August.</p> <p><strong>About The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute:</strong></p> <p>Founded in 1969 by Lee and Anna Strasberg, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute is the only school that teaches Lee Strasberg's work in its complete and authentic form. The Institute's goal is to provide students with a craft that will help them create a reality and respond truthfully in imaginary circumstances, regardless of the style or form of material being used. LSTFI is proud to have award-winning alumni from around the world working as writers, directors, and actors in all mediums.</p>

Speakitaly NYC

<p>SPEAKITALY NYC offers stimulating and entertaining lessons for children 0 to 16 years through a wide combination of activities based on the communicative approach anchored in the Common European Framework of Reference: active learning (group work, role plays, etc.) and practice exercises aimed to improve listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Kids will start speaking and using Italian in a very natural way.  Small classes capped at 6 students to make sure each one gets the needed attention and facilitate learners' progress. </p> <p>Our method is driven by a didactic method that is the result of constant updates, professional certifications and more than 10 years of experience in working with non-native speakers from different native languages and levels of knowledge.</p> <p>Our aim is to develop a range of Italian language skills while improving accuracy that will enable the students and participants to interact without stress or feeling rushed. We want to help those in the community really embrace not only the true culture in Italy but the Italian culture within New York City… Who doesn’t love what Italy represents in the kitchen, in history & in the arts?</p> <p>Speakitaly wants to support multilingual families who want to learn a new language or pass along their ancestor’s heritage and culture. Raffaella, the founder said: "We see language awareness and intercultural sensitivity as the milestones for an inclusive society. Italian, like all other languages, is an enrichment and a growth in every way. Vi aspettiamo!"</p>