Family Photo Session – 5 Easy steps

I have a husband and two boys who don’t enjoy having their picture taken, so I know it can be stressful getting a family photo session done.  Here are some tips I’ve put together to help ease the pain of getting the family ready.

1. Location

Location is one of the first things we talk about when you book your family photo session.  As a calgary family photographer I have loads of ideas to help my clients find the perfect location for their photo shoot. I will send you a list of potential locations, complete with images, via email. This way, you can visualize each location and choose one that best fits your style and preferences. Whether it’s one of our many parks, a bustling cityscape, a gritty downtown location, or in the mountains, I’m confident that we’ll find the perfect location for your photo session together.

Of course, if you already have a location in mind or if there’s a place that holds meaning for you and your family, I’m more than happy to bring your vision to life. I understand the significance of capturing memories in a place that holds personal significance, and I’ll work with you to create beautiful and meaningful images in that special location.

2. Picking the best time of day for your kids

When planning a family photo session, it is important to consider the schedule of the little ones in the group. The best time for taking photos of kids can vary, but some common options include the morning before lunch or after nap time. The ultimate goal is to have everyone in a good mood, so it’s crucial to choose a time that works best for your family. I am flexible and willing to work with your schedule to ensure that your family photo session is a success and captures everyone in their best light.

3. Feed everyone & bring snacks

When it comes to family photo sessions, it’s essential to make sure everyone is well-fed before the session. Nobody wants to feel hangry, and that can be especially true for kids who are easily distractible and cranky when they’re hungry. To ensure everyone is in good spirits during the photo session, I encourage you to bring plenty of snacks and water for everyone. I don’t mind taking a break to snack and refresh everyone. I also always bring some candy that I can offer to the kids, either as a reward for their cooperation or to help revive their energy and bring back the smiles. Of course, I will only do so with the consent of the parents.

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4. What to wear

Choosing outfits for a family photo session can be a source of stress for Moms. My best advice is to aim for coordination, rather than matching, when selecting outfits. This will result in a more visually appealing and harmonious look in the photos. I suggest having the Mom pick out her outfit first and then build the rest of the family’s outfits around hers. Check out this post I wrote on how to coordinate your family and look your best. In this article I provide tips and inspiration to help you create a cohesive and stylish look for your family.


5. Relax and have fun

I encourage you to relax and simply enjoy this time with your family. Don’t worry about trying to be perfect or keeping the kids under control – sometimes the most memorable and cherished images are the candid shots that capture the playful and spontaneous moments during your family photo session. Let me take care of the rest, and I’ll create a beautiful collection of images with natural smiles that you’ll treasure for years to come.

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