How to take the stress out of a family photo shoot


Having your photos taken can be stressful. For many, it’s their first time having family photos taken and quite possibly the first time they have had photos taken since their wedding day.

Here are 5 tips to help make it more enjoyable and less stressful for both you and your family.

1   Timing

Choose a time that works for you and your family. I only shoot one family a day so you can choose a time that works best for you and your little ones. Schedule your sessions around naps and dinner times. A rested and full child makes for a happier, more content child. This in turn makes it less stressful for everyone else and makes it easier for me to capture lovely moments.

This little family originally wanted a session at sunset in the summer which would have been way too late for their one year old. Instead, we held it at a time that suited him so he was in much happier mode.

2   Do you have any special requests

If you have a special requirement or a specific picture you want to be taken, discuss it with me beforehand. This way I can plan for it and make sure we can fit it into the session flow. I would hate to not be able to get you a photo you really wanted as it was too dark or little ones were too tired by this point in the photo session.

If I’m told beforehand you can just sit back and relax as I will have everything in hand for you.

3   Prepare your children

If your child is old enough to understand, pre-warn them that you are having a friend around to take pictures of everyone. Make it sound like a fun and exciting activity that you are doing as a family. Tell them my name beforehand and possibly even show a picture of me so they can recognise me when I arrive.

Bribery generally doesn’t work. It can lead to forced smiles or the child is distracted.

This little girl was told beforehand a friend was coming, so as soon as I arrived she wanted to play and show us all her cool toys.

4   Children feed and watered

Try and feed your children just before the session so they are ready to go. We can stop for quick snacks and breaks as required during the session if needed. Make sure you’ve had enough to eat and drink beforehand too.

5   Just be ‘present’ at your session

Try not to worry about what’s happening or direct your child during the session. I will direct and guide everyone so you don’t have to! I make the session fun and interactive so you can just be present and enjoy the experience with your loved ones.

If you would like to discuss a photo session in your own home, please contact me here.

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