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  • Writer's pictureKim Steinberg

Picture-Perfect Moments: Tips to Prepare for Your Family Photo Shoot

Hey there! So, you're gearing up for a family photo shoot—how awesome is that?! I'm about to spill the beans on how to make this photo adventure a breeze, so you can capture those heartwarming memories in style. Let's dive into these laid-back tips to get you ready for your close-up:

1. Find Your Photo Rockstar:

  • Hunt for a photographer whose style vibes with yours. Check out their portfolio, read some reviews, and make sure they're the maestros of capturing those sweet, unplanned family moments. I'm hoping that my crazy resonates with yours :-)

2. Pick a Cool Location:

  • Chat it up with your photographer about potential spots. Whether it's a scenic outdoor spot or the cozy vibe of your own living room, go for a place that screams "us."

3. Dress to Impress (Without Stress):

  • Plan those outfits ahead, but no need for matching outfits like you're about to join a boy band. Choose colors and styles that mesh well, letting each family member's personality shine. To see my guide on what to wear for your shoot, click HERE

4. Time It Right, Golden Hour Style:

  • Schedule your shoot when your crew is chill. Avoid the rush and tired kiddos. Think golden hours—right after sunrise or right before sunset—for that magical, flattering light.

  • Shooting in the super bright sunlight is an absolute no-no...Harsh shadows just don't look good!

5. Keep Everyone Well-Fueled and Rested:

  • Make sure everyone's well-fed and well-rested. A happy family is a photogenic family, after all!

  • Bring along some water/juice & yummy snacks for the kids (try avoid foods with a ton of colourants eg: Cheese Curls, sherbet, messy chocolates etc.) You get where I'm going with this...

  • If you're a couple, feel free to bring along some champagne and picnic snacks for yourselves (this also sometimes makes for great photo opportunities).

6. Props and Personal Touches:

  • Spice things up by throwing in some meaningful props or personal items. Got a fave toy, a family heirloom, or something with sentimental value? Bring it on!

7. Talk Expectations with Your Photographer:

  • Have a heart-to-heart with your photographer about what you're looking for. Candid vibes or posed perfection? Clear communication is key!

8. Just Be You (Seriously!):

  • Let loose during the shoot. Genuine laughs and real interactions lead to the best pics. Be yourselves, and let the magic happen! I'm really after authentic moments between you as opposed to posed pics with everyone yelling "CHEEEEESE" at the camera... Think of your session as more of a day out with your partner/family and me being an invisible person in the background capturing your natural moments together...

9. Pack Your Essentials Like a Pro:

  • Throw together a small bag with tissues, a brush, snacks for the little ones, and anything for those last-minute touch-ups. Preparedness is your secret weapon!

10. Love the Imperfections:

  • Not every moment will be flawless, and that's totally cool. Embrace the quirks—they often tell the most genuine family story. Don't stress about your kids misbehaving, throwing the occasional tantrum, crying their eyes out and not co-operating...I'll do my absolute best to help make them feel at ease (no matter their age), and get them involved, but SERIOUSLY, don't stress...I'm going to capture ALL the moments, including those, because that's what real life is all about.

In a Nutshell:

  • Your family photo shoot is more than just a snap-fest; it's an opportunity to capture the love and connections in your family. Follow these tips, soak in the moments, and let the camera catch all the good stuff. Enjoy the ride and let the magic unfold!

Now, go rock that family photoshoot!

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