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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 session, make sure your child is 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.

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

ENJOY CAPTURING THE MEMORIES! 

I would love to help capture memories for your family! If you would like more information on planning your unique family photo session experience

LET’S CHAT

XO

Kellyn

My sunset family sessions are the perfect way to capture memories for you and your family!

9 Comments

  1. Alissa on April 20, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Great tips and so important for a smooth session!



  2. Sarah Jackman on April 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    love all these tips, it can be so fun when we do these simple things



    • Kellyn Wilson on April 20, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Yes!! So important!



  3. Courtney Dexter on April 20, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Sweet photo and great advice!!



  4. Julie Collins on April 20, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    What great advice!



  5. Jessica on April 20, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Awww. What a sweet family. These tips are great! Thanks for sharing!



  6. Jennifer on April 21, 2018 at 3:32 am

    Wonderful tips!