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Surviving a Family Photoshoot

Updated: Dec 31, 2019

So, you're wondering how to make your next family photo session a stress free one?

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations. Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

Timing is everything

If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

Dos and don’ts of bribery

Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier.

Relinquish control.

As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed. When I photography children I believe in capturing them as they are, so that means if they are playing or being active as capture them as they are. Trust me...they make for beautiful moments that will bring a tear to your eyes.

It’s not just about the posing

The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.

Plan ahead

Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.

Keep those sugar levels up

If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it. Now, don't go bringing red Kool-Aid and Cheetos for snacks because that will be the ultimate mess!

So, are you ready to capture the bond between you and the special ones in your life?

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If you liked this post, don’t miss my blog post about How to Make Your Family Photo Session One to Remember. Oh and check out 4 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Family Portraits and Mini vs Standard Photography Sessions: What You Need to Know.

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