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Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Next Photo Session-

How to make your next family photo session a stress free one is probably on your mind if you have small children. 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 tips and ideas to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

1. Timing is everything. A rested child/grown up 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.

2. Dos and don’ts of bribery. Get your family excited about the photoshoot and offer a reward in return for their cooperation. If you do have younger 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

3. 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.

4. 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. I am an unposed photographer so I will naturally capture all your moments as they unfold.

5. Plan ahead. When booking go over and carefully read the description of the session beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken but do not try to micromanage the session.

6. 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.

7. Work with a pro photographer who offers styling advice. This is one of the areas that stresses out Moms the most. Working with a professional photographer that offers color planning and styling advice can make your outfit planning stress-free so you can simply enjoy your session.

8. Wear appropriate footwear. This is perhaps one of the most important things you can do. Showing up to a tulip field or farm in heels simply won't work. If you like tall shoes, wedges are your way to go in potentially muddy situations. For kids cowboy boots or rainboots photograph really well and look adorable. Most importantly they are comfortable which will reflect in your photographs.

Enjoy capturing your memories, time is fleeting, and your memories are priceless.

P.S. Looking for some outfit inspiration for your Spring Photos? My Tulip Field mini sessions are coming up. They are scheduled for Sunday May 7th and will be extremely limited. They will be available to mailing list subscribers first. Join the mailing list here to learn when new sessions open and be the first to save a spot. In the meantime make sure to check out my Tulip Field Color Inspiration Board below to get some ideas!


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