It’s that time of year- time to update your family photos! They can be so special with all the silly little toddler smiles & giggles and the moments when you realize how lucky you are to have a family as amazing as you do… you look forward to capturing moments to share with family & friends and treasure for years to come. But the process of planning, preparing, and executing those awesome family photos with kids can be so stressful… often there are many outfit changes, accidents, and sometimes even tears leading up to those photos. (I’m guessing many parents can relate!) Here are some helpful tips to make the whole process run smoother and, hopefully, even make your photoshoot enjoyable! 🙂
Let me break down the ‘Family Photo Session Experience’ to you in 3 easy stages that you can process in your own way. Being aware of these things prior to photo day will help make the process run much smoother and get the experience & photographs that you have been dreaming about! The 3 main things to think about are: The Planning Stage, the Preparation Stage, and the Photoshoot Day itself. Here is a breakdown of how to devise a plan for your own family photoshoot.
Heads up- if this is your first (or even second family shoot) – when the kids are toddlers then lower your expectations… then lower them some more. Then, you will be pleasantly surprised! 🤗 Hoping to control every aspect of this process is only going to lead to disappointment.
No matter where you choose to have pictures taken, there are a few things you should consider bringing with you that could end up saving the day. (These are in addition to all of your essentials of course.)
Family photos are meant to capture- you guessed it- your family! That means you should embrace your silly, weird, chaotic sides and let the session unfold naturally. Your attitude will set the tone for the entire photo session. Get ready to roll with the punches and have fun! It’s okay to give in to their demands a little (I promise they won’t be spoiled forever because you told them this one time it’s ok to throw leaves instead of smiling at the camera.) Your family will follow suit & you will get some of those awesome shots that you are hoping for in the end.