How to prepare for your family photography session

Custom family photography is unique because it not only captures what you look like at a certain point in time, it captures who you are. I aim to capture honest photos of your family and children, but I also aim to have fun!

family photo session by the lake

The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot with every family member looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will become works of art that you can hang in your home and pass down for generations. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your family session with me.

mum, dad and twin baby girls

Length Of Session:

The good news is, I am super fast! My family portrait sessions rarely last more than an hour. Don’t worry, I can easily get a diverse and adequate gallery in that time.

family photo session in the garden

What To Wear:

Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. I would suggest neutral colours with different textures. No logos or pictures on the children’s outfits as these do not photograph well.

Props:

I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.

dad and daughters family photo session

Your Children:

Children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give them time to relax and try to capture their natural self. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply “be” with the child, or hold the child and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. Prepare the children for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it’s best not to surprise them.

Family, portrait, children’s photography, autumn session

Arrive on time or be ready to start on time:

Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. It’s best to arrive early so that we can properly meet and get to know each other a little before we start taking photos.

MOST important – HAVE FUN!

Family, maternity, portrait, portraits

Please get in touch with me if you are interested in a family session in the coming months. Autumn is a busy time for outdoor sessions so early booking is advisable.

To find out more about my other types of sessions click here or to go back to my blog posts click here.

I can’t wait to meet your family!

Teresa x

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