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How to prepare for a family photoshoot

Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Let's all be honest here, family photos can be stressful (for everyone). There it is, I said it. Family photos are stressful. But they don't always have to be!

It takes a lot of effort to get the whole family together looking nice and smiling. But what if I told you that a family photoshoot does not have to be stressful??

There are a few things that can be taken care of before you even get to the session.

Tip 1: Breathe

I know that may seem silly but take a moment to breathe and get excited about how your family is about to get captured in the moment you guys are living in. How amazing is that!?! This can help you get in the right headspace for photos!

Tip 2: Talk to your photographer

Whoever you decide to choose for your family photos, every photographer loves to hear more about you and your concerns, to help capture your family better! Whether it is a family member that's a bit shy, or that you are looking for more posed photos than lifestyle, communicating with your photographer can help take those built up concerns and ease them out. We are here to capture your family as you are, but in the best way!

Tip 3: Pick your location ahead of time

When you start to look for a photographer, it is important to know if you want studio or location. This can help narrow down your search greatly! If you go the location route and do not have place in mind, communicate with your photographer what kind of style you want. The photographer will have some suggestions with examples for you to pick from! Having an idea of where you are getting your photos done ahead of time and seeing the locations (with examples) will make you feel better.

Tip 4: Outfits

This might be the most stressful part of a shoot. Getting everyone to match can be tricky especially if there is a large group of you! Not to worry, I like to suggest my clients to wear more neutral tones; dark greens, dark blues, beige, any of those colors that would go well together but still give a good variety.

Another great way to visualize how colors will work together in photos is.... Pinterest! You can do that or to look at past clients photos from the photographer, this can help you coordinate with everyone what to wear!

Tip 5: Enjoy yourself!

When you choose the right photographer, they will put you at ease and capture the greatest moments of your family. The session is in the photographer's hands now, so you might as well enjoy! Most family photographers are use to working with kids and getting the photo in a short time. So have fun!

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions!

(And no, I am not apologizing for that shameless plug of my own family photography service 😊)

Let me know in the comments how you prepare for family photos!

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