Surviving a Family Photo Shoot

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations.  But, we all know that sometimes getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into absolute chaos if not approached correctly. There’s usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are family members of all ages (which means that there is always some extra coordination involved!)

Below are some family photoshoot ideas, tips and tricks to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

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Timing is Everything

If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

Dos and Don’ts of Bribery

Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier.

Relinquish Control

As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer.  Trust me,  we know what works best.  I’ve got years of entertaining elementary students under my belt.  And, not having this pressure will also make you feel more way more relaxed.

It’s Not Just About the Posing

The best photos happen when you’re having fun!  So feel free to joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the authentic moments happen.

Plan Ahead

Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.

Keep Those Sugar Levels Up!

If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it.

Scout’s honor, these tips will make your next family photo session the best you’ve ever had.  Enjoy capturing your memories.

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About Suzanne Barnes

Suzanne is a professional photographer in The Woodlands, Texas, specializing in families, maternity, newborns, seniors.  She's a Christian, wife, a mom of two boys, and a self-diagnosed Pinterest addict who basically runs on caffeine.

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