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5 Tips For a Great Photo Session

You’ve booked your family photo session and now it’s time to prepare. Hopefully your photographer (if it’s not me) has given you some helpful tips leading up to your scheduled session. Here are 5 Tips For a Great Photo Session to get you started and help you have a fabulous time with your family!

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5 Tips For a Great Photo Session

Choose your outfits in advance

I know this one seems like a given, but how often do we leave this kind of stuff to the last minute? Guilty! I suggest choosing your outfits about a week to two weeks before your session. Any earlier and you’ll change your mind too much. Any later and you’ll be stressing. Outfit choice is one of the most important parts of your session. It’s key for us mamas to feel good in our photos.

Make sure everyone is well rested and well fed

This goes for babies and adults and everyone in between. I don’t know about you, but I am not pleasant if I am tired and hungry!

Get everyone to bed at a decent time. Dark circles don’t photograph well and you all need your energy to have fun!

If it’s not mealtime, be sure to give everyone a decent snack so they won’t be grumpy at the session. Keep in mind what you give as a snack. Go for non-messy type foods. For smaller ones, bring a non-messy snack along just incase.

Leave plenty of time

Layout everything you need the night before. This will help you relax while getting ready so you can enjoy your family rather than be at each other’s throats as you walk out the door.

Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get ready on the day of your session. That includes helping other members of your family. 😉 Someone will need help with their hair or won’t be dressed when you think they are. I somehow always seem to forget this part!

Last but not least, give yourself more time to get there than you think you’ll need. Build in time for things like traffic, summer construction, or getting gas.

Keep bribes positive and to a minimum

First, See number 5 from this post. A lot of times the photographer will have “incentives” but if you wanna bribe with something, keep it simple and POSITIVE. Give some smarties intermittently, or gum for after. Extra playground time is always good. Use the incentives in a positive way only. I have seen many situations go downhill fast when parents start threatening to take away the bribes. No one is happy then!

Leave extra stuff in your car

Do yourself a favor and leave your purse and extra stuff in the car. The less you have to worry about, the more you can focus on having fun as a family. I have rarely seen anyone need their brush or anything from their purse during the session. If you wanna bring extra lipgloss, throw it in your’s or hubby’s pocket. If you have an outfit change, leave it in the car and go back for it.

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I hope these 5 Tips For a Great Photo Session have been helpful! Don’t forget to read all the posts in the Guide to Fun Family Photography.

If you don’t have anything scheduled for you and your family, let’s put these tips into practice and get you in front of my camera! Click the CONTACT link at the top of the page and schedule your session today!


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