5 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Photo Session

February 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Family Portrait Session

Family Portrait Session are an important part of preserving memories of your growing children, creating family heirlooms and artwork that you can enjoy daily while displayed on your wall, and experiencing something fun and exciting as a family. 

Although most families know they are long due for a family portrait, many are feel like planning such a session is overwhelming, i.e. "we don't have anything to wear"; "we are too busy will soccer/baseball/school work, household chores, etc."; "my kids and husband dread the idea of spending time getting their picture taken"; "my kids are so small and difficult to photograph"; the list goes on and on.

Has this happened to you?

Family photo sessions are such a key way to preserve memories of your family that you don't want it to be a stressful time. Here are our best practices for a stress-free family portrait session.

Tip #1: Plan 

Schedule your photo session at a time that is good for everyone (including working around nap times, if necessary). Have everyone clear their schedules so there is plenty of time before and after your photography appointment. Hurrying to your photo session because your afraid of being late or rushing things because you have to be somewhere else next, won't result in great images or a pleasant experience. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your session time. This will allow for enough time in case there's unexpected traffic, necessary bathroom breaks, or a time to merely get familiar with the location of your session. 

Tip #2: Wardrobe is Key

In addition to planning your time, you'll also want to let everyone know what to expect at the photo session, notably, what everyone should wear. We highly recommend you coordinate in general, but don’t be matchy matchy. If it helps, choose three different colors as a swatch on which you can base all your outfits. Comfortable yet elegant is best! So feel free to show your personality. No families really go out wearing matching blue jeans and white shirts, do they!? Be yourselves. We also suggest avoiding solid white clothing (but some white -- e.g. under another garment, accessories -- is OK). Too much solid black may blend into shadows. Remember, all things are OK in moderation. Rich solid colors and textured clothing work great! (Accessories like scarves, hats, fringe, knitted items are great, too.) We always tell our clients, "It’s up to you, but just so you know -- most people who choose big bold patterns, graphic t-shirts, sweat pants, or flip-flops live to regret it". 

The best way to coordinate with the shooting location is simply to present the best version of yourself.

Tip #3: Have a "Plan B"

If you know your preschooler or a baby is prone to spit-up or drool, you may want to consider bringing an outfit change or two just in case. It also wouldn't hurt to bring snacks, safety pins, something to bribe the spouse and kids (don't worry, we won't judge). Lastly, depending on the location of your session, there may not be access to bathrooms, therefore, it may be a good idea to plan a bathroom break before arriving at your session especially if you have little ones. 

Tip #4: Pictures on an Empty Stomach... Not Fun!

We all know our families are no fun when they're Hangry. Make sure you either bring some snacks or that you've confirmed with your photographer if snacks will be available at the session. We always make a point of having water and snacks at our family sessions.

Tip #5: Make it Quick and Painless

Although it would be great if all our families could sit still for a 2-hour photography session with multiple outfit changes and poses, however, the reality is most kids and spouses come to their portrait session wanting it to be over as quickly as possible. For that reason, you may want to consider booking your session with a photography team (2 photographers vs. 1 photographer) that can typically shoot a variety of images in a much more shorter amount of time.

Our customers love our 20-minute Mini Sessions as the time is short enough to convince the spouse and kids, and since we are a husband and wife team, we typically show 50-70 high-quality images that capture a wide range of moments our customers cherish.   

Your family portrait session should be fun and memorable, not stressful. Let us help you schedule it!

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