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3 Steps to Prepare Your Family for a Photography Session

3 Steps to Prepare Your Family for a Photography Session

Wednesday, 03 May 2023 17:53

A family photoshoot stands the test of time as the perfect keepsake and a life-long memory, but you do not want to be looking back on a day when you were pulling your own hair out. Preparing for a family photo shoot can be a fun and exciting experience, but it can also be a bit stressful if you don't know where to start.

From choosing a photographer and picking a location to selecting outfits and editing, a lot goes into a good family photo. These pictures will be memories your family can cherish for decades, so it is important to understand the do’s and don'ts of a family photography session. 

Do not fret! Help is out there. There are plenty of great resources when it comes to navigating professional photography. This article will provide some useful tips to help you get your family ready for a successful photoshoot. Once you know them, you will feel empowered to plan the photoshoot of your dreams. 

3 Steps to Prepare Your Family for a Photography Session

1. Hiring a Photographer

The person holding the camera will make all the difference during your photoshoot.  The first step is to research and find a list of potential photographers in your area. Once you have a list, visit their websites and take a look at their portfolios.

This will give you an idea of their style and whether it matches what you are looking for. Look for photographers who specialize in family portraits and have experience working with children and large groups.

Next, look into the photographer's personality and professionalism. You want someone who is easy to work with, patient, and can make your family feel comfortable during the shoot. You should also check their availability and pricing to ensure they fit within your budget and schedule.

Before booking, don't be afraid to ask questions and discuss any concerns or special requests you may have. A good photographer will be open and transparent about their process and be able to accommodate your needs.

Finally, make sure to review the photographer's contract and policies before signing. Ensure that you understand their cancellation policy, payment terms, and what is included in their packages. By taking these steps, you can guarantee you will have a positive experience with your photographer

2. Choosing a Location

One of the first steps in preparing for a family photo shoot is to choose a location. More than anything, the location of your photo shoot has the opportunity to make or break your final pictures. This means you should spend time doing detailed research on possible locations. 

When looking for options, consider a place that is special to the family, such as a favorite park or a location that holds sentimental value. This will make the photoshoot even more meaningful. 

The selected location should be visually interesting without being a distraction from the subjects. Keep in mind practical concerns such as how busy or accessible a given area is. 


For uncovered outdoor locations, the weather could be a concern. Make sure to keep track of emerging showers and have an alternative location or backup date selected. Time of day can also affect the look of shadows and scenery in a given place, meaning that you should also consider this when choosing a location. 

The location for your photo shoot is a perfect place to feature a memorable spot to infuse your photo with your family’s personality. The best spots are ones that are simple, pretty, and meaningful. 

3. Planning the Attire

One of the most challenging aspects of planning a family photo shoot is planning the attire for the picture. The key to a successful family photo shoot is to choose outfits that complement each other and create a cohesive look. 

First, decide on a color scheme. It’s important to choose colors that work well together and complement each other. One way to do this is to choose a neutral color, such as black, white, or gray, and then add pops of color through accessories or clothing. Another option is to choose a color palette, such as pastels or jewel tones, and have everyone wear a different shade from the palette.

Next, consider the location and season of the photo shoot. If the shoot is taking place outdoors in the fall, for example, you may want to choose outfits that incorporate warm colors, such as burgundy or mustard. If the shoot is taking place on the beach in the summer, you may want to choose lighter colors and fabrics, such as white cotton or linen.

It’s also important to consider each family member’s personal style. Everyone should feel comfortable and confident in their outfit. If one family member prefers a more casual look, for example, you may want to choose outfits that are more relaxed and comfortable for everyone.

Don’t forget to accessorize; this is where you can have fun! Accessories can add an extra touch of style to your family photo shoot. Consider adding hats, scarves, or jewelry that complement the color scheme or add a pop of color.

Finally, try to keep it as simple as possible. Avoid busy patterns or logos that can be distracting in the photo. Stick to classic, timeless styles that will look great for years to come.

Say Cheese!

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to family pictures, and the whole process can be daunting. Lucky for you, it is a bite-sized process that you can take one step at a time. 

The most important thing you can do is select the right collaborator. The photographer you select should be professional, easy to work with, and should demonstrate a strong understanding of your family and needs. 

Do not forget to select a smart scenic venue and schedule photos for a time when the sun will be on your team. When it comes to clothes, simple and cohesive is the name of the game. Now that you know these tips, you are ready to start searching for a photographer!

If you are looking for a great photographer, check out Times Treasured Studios. My studio is steeped in experience working with children and families, and I have a solid history of capturing family memories filled with smiles and joy. I’d love to discuss how we can create some great memories of your unique family!