My Top 5 Tips for Preparing for Family Photos


When it comes to preparing for family photos, it can be so stressful! With little ones, it can be a lot worrying about how your littles will behave during a session let alone all that goes into preparing for one. This is why I’m here to give you my top 5 tips for preparing for family photos. As a photographer, I’ve learned a thing or two over the years. So, for all of the tips, just keep on scrolling!

01. Build the Anticipation

One way to improve the odds that your kids will be excited during family photos is the build anticipation beforehand. After you schedule your family photos, tell your kids about what it’s going to look like and how much fun it will be. If your kid is not big on taking photos, maybe build anticipation for a reward they’ll get after the session is over, for example, ice cream or a new toy. That way, during the shoot, you can have something to motivate good behavior and smiles.

02. Bring Distractions

Bring toys, snacks, coloring books, etc. Whatever you need to bring to distract you, especially during those photos that the kids aren’t in. They will need something to do while you’re the one being photographed. Some distractions can even be used in the photos, like bubbles or some toys. These props can add a unique touch to your family photos to make them more personalized and memorable.

03. Take Breaks

Don’t be afraid to take breaks during your session. You can’t expect toddlers to take pictures for an hour without any break to run around. Make sure you plan some breaks into your session to try and eliminate any breakdowns. It’s crazy how much a 5-minute break can change a mood.

04. Prepare Outfits Ahead of Time

Planning what everyone is wearing ahead of time will eliminate day-of stress for you and for your kiddos. Once you know what everyone is wearing you can even show your kids the outfits so they can know what to expect that day and get excited to wear this special outfit. Planning ahead of time will also leave room for you to coordinate all the colors so your family photos are as beautiful as they can be!

05. Don’t Forget to Have Fun!

Try to have fun with it, maybe make up a game with your kids for the day like counting how times you hear the camera click or whoever can smile the longest wins. Try not to stress too much, and let whatever happens, happen. Enjoy the time with your family and get ready to cherish these photos for years to come!

I hope this post on tips for preparing for family photos helped ease your nerves about planning for family photos. If you’ve been thinking about booking a session and are finally ready, click here and let’s get you on the schedule! For family session inspiration, click here.

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