Tips for a successful family photo session

Updated: Sep 25, 2019

Every mom wants that PERFECT picture of entire family above the fire place, but preparation for your family photo session can be stressful and overwhelming. So here are 5 tips to get you started...


What fits your style?  Downtown with its buildings and bridges, or local parks with walking trails and wild flowers, or may be an apple farm?


* Mom's first

I would suggest for mom to pick her outfit first and work around her choice. Plus, we are the most critical on ourselves with all that "after baby weight".

* The right color choice

Go with coordinating colors, not matching! Start off with colors that coordinate well. You can accomplish a complete look without every family member wearing the exact same outfit.

* Simplicity

Keep it simple, relaxed and comfortable; comfortable enough to chase kids:)

* Avoid Patterns

Clothing with multiple patterns or large logos can become a distraction. Strong prints and abstract patterns can overpower your photo.

* Accessorize

Accessories and layers really bring the picture to the next level without adding tons of crazy colors and prints. Plus, they look great for fall. Examples: hats, scarves, vests, belts, jewelry, etc..

Need more information on what to wear and how to style everyone for your photo session?


Have fun and be you! Laugh. Giggle. Joke. Snuggle. Play. Doing these things will allow the photographer to capture the emotion and true beauty of your family.


Keep in mind, kids wouldn't want to pose and smile, instead they would want have fun and run around. Let them. Those are the best candid shots and when you look back through your album, you would want to see those silly faces full of personality.


When family is engaged in doing something that they enjoy, the photographer will have the opportunity to take some beautiful captures. Do you love to read together? Bring a book.

PS: I always have a set of bubbles in my bag to keep the little ones occupied.

Hopefully, you find this article helpful and will be less stressed about your upcoming family photo session...

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